I've been spoiled by the 85 1.4

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I rented one for a week long vacation to San Diego, i shot with it A LOT.

Now I no longer have it, and none of my lenses come close. :(

All of them seem to be soft now and i'm wondering if my glass got crappier over the past week, or if perhaps the 85 1.4 has just ruined me. :(
 
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Hmm but your other glass is really good too. I rented the 70-200VR twice last year, and it knocked my socks off both times. Eventually bought a used one from a fellow Cafe member, and still love it. It was my first priority.

The second rental was the 85/1.4 for a four-day weekend in October. It was also terrific for its own specific usage, and I kept thinking about how much I liked the bokeh even with more challenging backgrounds. I broke down and bought another used one a few months ago from another fellow Cafe member.

I didn't have a favorable experience with a 17-50/2.8 I actually bought and had to return, but I assume it was a bad sample.

Maybe sell off your 80-200 AF-S and get the 85/1.4 if you like it that much? It does a really great job at what it's designed for.

I'm almost afraid to rent a 105/2 DC ...
 
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If I read your equipment list correct you already have the answer. Sell your 80-200 keep the 70-200 buy the 85 1.4!

I also rented the 85 1.4 for two weeks and loved it!
 
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You're ruined.....time to suck it up and order your own. :biggrin:

Not if i want to stay married :biggrin:

Hmm but your other glass is really good too. I rented the 70-200VR twice last year, and it knocked my socks off both times. Eventually bought a used one from a fellow Cafe member, and still love it. It was my first priority.

The second rental was the 85/1.4 for a four-day weekend in October. It was also terrific for its own specific usage, and I kept thinking about how much I liked the bokeh even with more challenging backgrounds. I broke down and bought another used one a few months ago from another fellow Cafe member.

I didn't have a favorable experience with a 17-50/2.8 I actually bought and had to return, but I assume it was a bad sample.

Maybe sell off your 80-200 AF-S and get the 85/1.4 if you like it that much? It does a really great job at what it's designed for.

I'm almost afraid to rent a 105/2 DC ...

My 17-50 is outstanding IMO, but it still pales in comparison to the 85. The 70-200 i just got today and is replacing my 80-200 which is F/S. I'm actually finding that the 80-200 is a tad sharper at f2.8 which is a bit of a let down, but not uncommon. :( Bummer.

My 85 1.4 will come next, maybe in a few months, i gotta save all my pennies, it was on my list but then a great deal on a 70-200 came and i couldn't pass it up!
 
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If I read your equipment list correct you already have the answer. Sell your 80-200 keep the 70-200 buy the 85 1.4!

I also rented the 85 1.4 for two weeks and loved it!

Well as i mentioned above (after you posted this :tongue:), I just got the 70-200 to replace the 80-200. I have to save my pennies!

STUPID NAS!
 
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yeah....
i'll finally commit to buying one if you do...

I'm committed. There's nothing i want more as far as glass goes (ok fine, maybe a 200 f/2). You should do it, it would rock your world on the D3.

The only thing i'm worried about, is i keep hearing rumors and this and that, that perhaps there is a newer af-s version around the corner, i wouldn't buy it, but it would drop the prices of used ones more :smile:
 
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... The 70-200 i just got today and is replacing my 80-200 which is F/S. I'm actually finding that the 80-200 is a tad sharper at f2.8 which is a bit of a let down, but not uncommon. :( Bummer.

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I dunno about that being common. I don't think you should be able to notice a sharpness difference and the 70-200VR should be as good if not better wide-open in the middle on your D300. Might be a sample thing especially if it was used.
 
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i noticed everyone loves the nikkor 85, but can't find much reference to the zeiss 85. am I not looking hard enough? not many people using it? does it just suck?
 
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i noticed everyone loves the nikkor 85, but can't find much reference to the zeiss 85. am I not looking hard enough? not many people using it? does it just suck?

It's MF and therefore not as popular, and it cost $$$$
 
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I dunno about that being common. I don't think you should be able to notice a sharpness difference and the 70-200VR should be as good if not better wide-open in the middle on your D300. Might be a sample thing especially if it was used.

Well you're right, i just read one thread on nikoncafe where a few other users chimed in that they got sharper results at f2.8 on the 80-200 than the 70-200.

It could just be my sample, i dunno, but like i said, from f4 on, it's magnificent.
 
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so those factors aside, it's an equally impressive piece of glass?

safe to say that for pretty much all zeiss optics?

Just like the Nikkor 85/1.4 has almost an occult following, the same is true of the Zeiss, for which it's owners swear by it and refuse to use anything else. I love my Nikkor 85/1.4, but only for subjects sitting really still, as the AF is difficult enough to nail as it is. Trying to nail focus on a moving object without AF-S is next to impossible.
 
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Just like the Nikkor 85/1.4 has almost an occult following, the same is true of the Zeiss, for which it's owners swear by it and refuse to use anything else. I love my Nikkor 85/1.4, but only for subjects sitting really still, as the AF is difficult enough to nail as it is. Trying to nail focus on a moving object without AF-S is next to impossible.

very very true!
 

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