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Old Aug 17, 2007, 5:55 AM   #1
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hey there guys...

i have the opportunity to buy a brand new Nikon 85mm f1.4D AF Lens at a really good price...

my only thought is what will i use it for.?

yeah f1.4 is great and fast and awesome for low light shots...but 855 on a D80 is a bit too long for indoor shots...



what do you guys use this lens for and how often do u shoot it at f1.4?



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Old Aug 17, 2007, 11:46 AM   #2
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No idea. lol

Well I find my 105mm a bit long, and I thought the 85mm would be better choice. I have known people who are dead crazy over this lens as one of the best Primes for potrait.

If it is a good price get it. Else you can sell it off if you dont like it.
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Old Aug 18, 2007, 3:07 AM   #3
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I have the 85 1.8, but rarely use the 1.8.
F2.8 is great for portraits, amazing even. But 1.8 (and 1.4) gives way too shallow DOF.

1.4 does give you better focussing in low light, and it's a pleasure to see a bright viewfinder, so if its a good price get it, you wont be sorry.
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I don't have the lens but Uncle Frank used to post a lot of photos here he took with it and they were superb. It isn't that the lens can open to f1.4 that is important (if you use it like that you will have the nose in focus and the eyes not) but just how good it is at F4 that is important. The sheer quality of the lens for portraiture is beyond belief. Yes, a studio shot at f1.4 can be good, but the sharpness and quality lower down are to be seen to be believed. Think about it like a car; it isn't very good at walking pace nor flat out, but there are bits in between where it can be sublime. I have the 105 micro and that too is a surprisingly good portrait lens.
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Old Aug 20, 2007, 3:23 AM   #5
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thanks for all the replies guys....

i guess ill get it and see what i can use it nicely for....

worst case, if i dont liek it, will sell it as suggested....

the lens is brand new and im gettign it at a quarter of the price coz the owner got it as a gift and has never found a use for it :-)

my luck i guess.
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Old Aug 20, 2007, 3:48 AM   #6
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Thats very nice of him as he could easily get half the price for it.

Cheers on your happy find.
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Old Aug 24, 2007, 1:17 AM   #7
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I have been lusting after the 85 F1.8 for months now becase of the quality of the pics I saw from it.

I just ordered one a few days ago and am really anxious to get it and try it on some portraits.

I have the 50mm F/1.8 and love it and sorta find it a little too close to get a good face portrait, unless I m almost in the subjects face. So I figure the 85 lenght will alow me a little space and give me the same quality I am getting from my 50mm

Once you use a prime such as this and see the quality of the pics it can take you will not want to go back to the zooms,especially for portraits

You will be amazed at it after you play with it for a while

If you are not then send it to me and I will double your money for it



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Old Sep 7, 2007, 5:00 AM   #8
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Hey there Texas Hillbilly...

did u get ur lens as yet?

if you did....pls post some pics that you have taken...it would be great to see the clarirty and sharpness at full f1.4 as well.
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