Showcase Nikon 105mm f/1.4 E

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seems like a great lens, but I'd rather a 135 DC
and pocket the extra grand and go somewhere
not really a fan of the "modern contrasty look"

just my opinion
 
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Rented one of these bad boys a few weeks ago. I want one!

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Didn't see this lens on the forum. I've found a real use for this lens covering high school sports. Here's a few:

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Here's one from Thursday game. Is anyone besides me pleasantly surprised this lens does such a great job with High School sports under the lights?

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Here's one from Thursday game. Is anyone besides me pleasantly surprised this lens does such a great job with High School sports under the lights?

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I am, the 50 and 85 1.4s always struggled with AF in the darkest gyms. It forced me to strobes and that was a PIA so I stopped shooting BB

BTW Great face with natural shadows and the bokeh is nice being able to see fans in the BG
 
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I am, the 50 and 85 1.4s always struggled with AF in the darkest gyms. It forced me to strobes and that was a PIA so I stopped shooting BB

BTW Great face with natural shadows and the bokeh is nice being able to see fans in the BG
Thanks! I wasn't too far behind you, I too tried the 50 f/1.4G and 85 f/1.8G & D for baseline shooting of basketball. But all three were far to slow focusing to be useful for basketball. Good sharp lenses for portrait duty, but no so good for sports.
 
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Thanks! I wasn't too far behind you, I too tried the 50 f/1.4G and 85 f/1.8G & D for baseline shooting of basketball. But all three were far to slow focusing to be useful for basketball. Good sharp lenses for portrait duty, but no so good for sports.
I started with the D and it's metal hood
 
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Here's another one from Friday's game for the Conference Championship.

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I broke down and bought this lens. Of course there was nobody home when it arrived, so I had to settle for a canine test subject in my back yard.

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My initial impressions are favorable. Sharp wide open and with a pleasing bokeh and transition. I would rate the AF as slow for a modern day lens. I won't be using this for sports.
 
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I'm loving it: even my subjects are seeing the light:

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Thought I would try the 105mm today for some water skiing.

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Thought I would try the 105mm today for some water skiing.

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Nicely done. Great lighting. Beautiful background blur.
 

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