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Using a 85 lens

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by pr549f2678, Jul 9, 2007.

  1. pr549f2678


    Jun 26, 2007
    central Fl
    Hi, I have been looking for a good used nikon 85 lens and can not seem to find one and if it is on ebay, I get outbidded and can almost buy a new one for what they go for, so My question is, I have a 70-200vr, would I get the same kind of picture using it at 85mm? I know the 70-200 is a lot bigger, just wondering. Thanks for any help or advise.

  2. I own both and it's really just different, the 70-200 VR is about as sharp at 85mm as the 85mm F1.8 even stopped down to F2.8 to match the VR. The bokeh on both are extremely creamy and pleasing although the the F1.8 will obviously give you less DOF - it also focuses closer than the 70-200 VR.
  3. I have both and find myself using my 85 1.4 more often. The 70-200 is great, but the family seems to "mug for the camera" alot easier with the smaller, less obtrusive 85. Quality of picks are very similar with the edge going to the 85 IMHO.
  4. sclamb


    Jan 2, 2007
    I have both lenses and the 85/1.4 is better than the 70-200mm at 85mm. It is consistently sharper at one stop wider. So at f/2 the 85/1.4 is sharper than the 70-200/2.8 at f/2.8, at f/2.8 the 85/1.4 is sharper than the 70-200mm/2.8 at f/4, etc. etc.
  5. onemorelens


    Jul 3, 2007
    I was very pleased with my 70-200 until I got my 85/1.4. I have shots at f/1.8 that seem to my eyes to be sharper than anything I was able to get with the 70-200 at any aperture. If I can I reach for the 85/1.4 over the 70-200. I still love my 70-200 it's an incredible piece of glass but I think it's hard for a zoom compete with a legendary prime.
  6. I would see the 85 as a great addition to having a 70-200, the zoom in my mind is more of a travel lens, where as the 85 is smaller, more discreet (hmm, spelling), and closer focus. Plus you can shoot it at f2 for ever narrow depth of field.

    Having a ruddy great 70-200 andd hood pointed at you for a portriat might be a bit intimidating? I'm certainly planning on both, but am working the other way around and getting the 85 first. f1.8 for me.
  7. pr549f2678


    Jun 26, 2007
    central Fl
    85 lens

    Thank you all for looking and writing, I finally found one (85) and got it over the weekend, have not had a chance to try it yet. Will be posting to find out how and the best way to use it.

    Thanks again,
  8. Hi Phil

    The 85mm primes show up on the Cafe pretty regularly. I've owned both the 1.4 and 1.8. IMHO, the 1.8 is an amazing 'buy'. Keep your focus on the Cafe ................. just say NO to fleabay.

    BTW, is that a roughcoat Jack in your Avitar?

  9. nykonian


    May 4, 2007
    New York
    Ken Rockwell has an article praising the Canon 85/1.8 today. Seems that he likes it better than the Nikon counterparts. What's your take? I haven't tried any Canon equipments, but USM sounds very interesting on 85mm.
  10. Rockwell is a better comic (aka :Clown:)  than critic.

    FWIW, one of the persistent Nikon rumors is an AFS 85mm.
  11. sclamb


    Jan 2, 2007
    It would be hard to imagine an 85 focussing much faster. I cannot see the need for AFS in this lens.
  12. yoyo


    Nov 9, 2006
    The Netherlands
    Direct manual control over de AF is usefull though. I'd buy it if it also had VR and closer focussing.
    I'm still waiting...
  13. Isn't AFS inherently 'faster' than screw-drive (even in the pro bodies)?

  14. Chris101


    Feb 2, 2005
    NO!! I have an F5 and screw-drive lenses 20, 35, 60, 85, and 180 mm lenses focus measurably faster than does my AF-S 24-120 lens. Perhaps the ultimate focusing machine of the F5 is unique though.

    The 35mm seems to focus instantly no matter what camera. AF-S is quieter though.
  15. Nuteshack

    Nuteshack Guest

    well Chris, i think the f5 has a turbo charged focus screw with steroid assist ..lol
  16. Chris101


    Feb 2, 2005
    Is it the same as the D2x & hs?
  17. I own both lenses and each has its place in my lineup. The 85mm f1.4 is a demanding lens and requires some practice to get it right but when you do the lens is outstanding. I am using it for most of my portrait work now. I really like my 70-200mm lens for PJ type shots and being a zoom lens makes it ideal. If you like to do swimming shots this lens is the one to have.
  18. Nuteshack

    Nuteshack Guest

    no clue, Chris ...have never played with either of those. but the 85 1.8 is dog gone fast on my sluggish d50...i couldn't imagine the same in AFS being any faster.
  19. pr549f2678


    Jun 26, 2007
    central Fl
    John G. (Johnnymg)
    My dog is what they call a designer dog, it's a snoddle ( I don't know if it Is spelled it right, my wife not home) He, Murphy, is a cross between a poodle and a schnauzer, thanks for asking and thank everyone for their help.

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