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Nikon AF D 85mm 1.8

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by philstrikesback, Jun 28, 2007.

  1. philstrikesback


    Jun 9, 2006
    I am tempted to by this lens. I do not consider the 1.4 as it is too expensive. But I hesitate :
    - is it worth to buy as I already own the 50mm 1.4 for low light
    - on D200 it corresponds to a 127mm - not exactly a conventional portretlens
    - I love the quality and the touch of the 50 1.4 very much, but Bjorn Rorslett says "The 85/1.8 is a nice lens despite its awful cheap-looking plastic exterior" . Is he talking about the same lens?
    - what about sharpness and bokeh?

    I am sure some of you can help me through
  2. snakeman


    Feb 26, 2006
    Sorry to jump in here but how do you feel the 85mm 1.8 compares optically to the 105mm f2 dc Edward? I see you have both.
  3. Chris101


    Feb 2, 2005
    I like the 85 f/1.8 a lot! It's physically small - I can go on a shoot with the 85 and the 35, keeping whichever one is not on the camera in my pocket.
  4. Holmes


    Oct 28, 2006
    Wyoming, USA
    Actually, Edward, that was a very good representation of the two lenses.
  5. Nuteshack

    Nuteshack Guest

    agree, ..but Nikon does describe the 85 1.8 asa portrait lens...;-))
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    ok for flowers, too
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    and the beach...;-)
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  6. snakeman


    Feb 26, 2006
    :cool:  Thanks Edward that really helped and much appreciated. Nuteshack some cracking pics there..certainly a tricky decision but leaning towards the 105mm
  7. fjgindy


    Jan 21, 2007
    Nute, one of my favorite pictures from you. Great example of the 85 1.8! Love the lighting and skin tones on this one!
  8. plim

    plim Guest

    the 85mm is a good portrait lens: for shoulder/head shots.

    i have both the 50mm (but f/1.8) and the 85mm. for indoor portraits, i do find myself switching to the 85 every now and then. the 85mm f/1.8 is better optically than my 50mm f/1.8 (but not sure how it compares to the f/1.4).

    if you're not sure about dropping $400 bones on it new, consider getting it used. I got a great deal on mine (and i was lucky in that it was in great shape). it can be had for $300-$350. that makes it a bit easier to swallow.

    I'm actually thinking of ditching my 50mm f/1.8 for either the 35mm f/2 or sigma's 30mm f/1.4. since i have my 17-55mm f/2.8, i'm edging towards the sigma for more low-light performance.
  9. The 85mm f1.8 is sharp enough for me ... wide open at f1.8.


    It's also a nice general purpose lens ... film shot on my N80.

  10. Nuteshack

    Nuteshack Guest

    thanks FJG, she's one of my favorite models, and i have way too many pics of her ..lol
  11. nykonian


    May 4, 2007
    New York
    Those are great examples. I was going to sell my 85/1.8D... you guys just made me put it on hold. Now I need to reconsider my decision.
  12. headgear


    Apr 6, 2007
    It also makes a good indoor sport telephoto. I use alot for my son's basketball games and other indoor ativities where I need some reach and a fast lens.
  13. fjgindy


    Jan 21, 2007
    Hehe...as cute as she is, I don't think thats possible :Wink:
  14. Photographers never seem to be happy, do they?
    I bought the 85mm F1.8 and I am amazed at how good it really is at F2 and F2.8.
    The 85mm focal length is quite useful and versatile indoors as well as out.
    I sold my 105 DC and my 180mm F2.8. Both of those are great lenses.
    The 105 has a very clear look to it at F2 and F2.8. I did not consider it a good value like the 85mm F1.8 and when using the defocus it would soften the main focused area which was a surprise to me that I did not expect.
    You want instant bokeh? Get the 180mm and shoot portraits at F2.8.
    My 50mm F1.4 is average to me and nothing special.
    The 35mm F2 is very special.
  15. Nuteshack

    Nuteshack Guest

    thanks Stuart ..like Ed, why not get both? lol
  16. philstrikesback


    Jun 9, 2006
    thanks to all for your input.
    i think i will go for the 85mm 1.8.
    i saw some examples tend to convinced me, although Ed warned for the tricky bokeh depending on the background.
    What about the construction of the lens, do you follow Bjorn Rorslett on this.
    I never owned a professional type of lens.
  17. Rockdog


    Jan 28, 2006
    Canmore, Canada
    Hard to deny the value of the 85 1.8. Not too hard to find a deal on the used market either. Mine is pretty darn sharp, even wide open. I'm sure the 1.4 is better, but I'm more than satisfied.

    I think I even remember reading somewhere that Steve McCurry favors it (over the 1.4) due to it's size. Sounds reasonable to me.
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