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Nikon 85mm F1.4D for $480?

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by Desmond, Jun 8, 2018.

  1. Someone local is selling one of these lenses for $480. Nobody seems interested in buying it. I would use it on my D7200 but maybe a bit long for most of my needs. A few years ago they were selling for a lot more so maybe all the other options out there have lowered the value considerably.
    Still trying to decide what to do about it :) 
  2. only you can decide.
  3. I used the 85 1.8D on my D300s and while long for some things, it does have its purposes. I would say go for it!
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  4. The "Cream Machine" is one hell of a portrait lens. I used it a lot on my D200, D300, and Fuji S5 Pro.
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  5. dpinkerton


    Jan 3, 2011
    Western PA
    I still use mine on a D850 and sold off the G version years ago because it's not really THAT much better.
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  6. PhotogWannabe


    Mar 19, 2007
    I don't think you can go wrong if the amount is equivalent to Canadian dollars. I've used mine on dx cameras. It becomes a sort of 135 equivalent.
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  7. Mike Irish

    Mike Irish

    Jun 14, 2008
    (Mike) Michael Skerritt.
    When you say you shot the 85 f1.4 all the time for portraits what model was it the new one or the older one?
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  8. Most of my portrait shots are taken with the old version of the 85mm f1.4. Love that lens and as uncle Frank used to say, the cream machine.
  9. It was the old Nikon 85mm f/1.4D AF. What I meant was that all the sample portraits I picked to display in my studio portraits gallery were all shot with the old 85mm. It wasn't intentional, it just worked out that way.

    But all my portraits are normally shot with the 85 or one of the 70-200 options.
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  10. I bought my copy new about 10 years ago. The first two copies suffered decentering issues, third copy was the charm. I also own and love the 85 1.8G for its sharpness. But the "creamer" has a feel which IMHO is unique. Bokeh is stellar as is the rendering. It's definitely a keeper.
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  11. The guy selling it needs to get rid of it within a few weeks - he messaged me with an offer of $450.
  12. If it is in good shape that is an unbelievable price for that lens. I'm sure the G version has driven the price of the D version down but for that money you will not be disappointed. I have owned the D version for many years and would never part with mine. Stellar performance always.
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  13. integrale


    Feb 22, 2010
    That should be a no-brainer if you any need for the focal length. The 85/1.4D is a legendary lens and my “go-to” lens and the price seems VERY low; are you shure this is legit?
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  14. Yep, it started at $495 and nobody has shown any interest in it - I think there are just so many options out there now the value is dropping quickly.
  15. integrale


    Feb 22, 2010
    At that price-point I would consider offering to buy it from you if you buy it but don’t like it...
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  16. That makes it sound like it is worth getting - if others are prepared to pay that price :) 
  17. Pedro


    Dec 13, 2011
    Dude...I sure hope you bought that lens. The legendary Cream Machine deserves much better.
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  18. Nope, I probably wouldn't use it much :) 
  19. kilofoxtrott

    kilofoxtrott European Ambassador Moderator

    Dec 29, 2011
    Tettnang, Germany
    In Germany you'll pay around €700.
    The lens is worth it. And you won't regret it.

    Oh please Desmond, don't let it explode... :D :D :D 
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