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    Nikkor AF-S 85mm f/1.4 G : field impressions

    Hi all,

    I have been shooting with this new lens for the last 4 weeks and so far took more than 4,500 pictures, mostly @f/1.4 !

    This is my very first f/1.4 lens and the first outings were not very easy for me because of the very shallow DOF wide open.
    The first week, I had extremely low keepers rate and had to find new settings on my cameras to improve the accuracy of the AF when shooting at f/1.4.

    I have used this lens for a large variety of subjects : nature & wildlife, candid kids portrait, general shooting, etc.
    I bought this 85/1.4 to be able to shoot most of my subjects at 200 ISO (the native sensitivity of my camera's sensor) and without flash.

    This 85/1.4 lens is known as a portrait lens, but for me this is more versatile than that and I now use it as a walk-around lens.

    So far, I'm more than happy with its general performances. Now, I'm so comfortable with this small/fast lens that I've already sold my trusted big 70-200 VRI !

    Please feel free to post here your pictures taken with this lens.


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    #2 : @f/1.4



    #3 : @f/1.4



    #4 : @f/1.4




    #5 : @f/1.4

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    Love the Moorhen head shot! Certainly see the benefits of the F1.4 aperture. We have been very impressed with the 24f1.4 Nikon.

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    Superb results, Sar! Looks like the 85 f1.4G needs to go on my list as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lance B View Post
    Superb results, Sar! Looks like the 85 f1.4G needs to go on my list as well.
    Hi Lance,

    This is an outstanding lens : I'm really impressed by its sharpness, contrast, coulours rendition and especially bokeh at f/1.4 !

    We'll need to get together one day so you can try this 85/1.4 G and I can try your 300/2.8 VRII as well !!

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    Fantastic results. I know if I tried shooting at 1.4 there's no way I could get anything I actually wanted sharp, sharp!
    Have: Nikon D90; Tamron 17-50mm 2.8; Tokina 50-135mm 2.8; Tamron 18-270 'alphabet' lens; Nikkor 50mm 1.8; 1x Nikon SB-600; 3x Yongnuo YN560 flash, 1x Yongnuo YN465 flash.

    Want: Tamron 90mm 2.8 macro;

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sar NOP View Post
    Hi Lance,

    This is an outstanding lens : I'm really impressed by its sharpness, contrast, coulours rendition and especially bokeh at f/1.4 !

    We'll need to get together one day so you can try this 85/1.4 G and I can try your 300/2.8 VRII as well !!
    Most certainly. I hear that you often go to Homebush for the bird life there, or I can meet you closer to your home over the north side.

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    Some more nature & wildlife shots :


    #6 : Flare and goshting are extremely well controlled.
    @f/2




    #7 : AF speed is not as fast as the one in the 70-200 VRI, but its accuracy is very impressive.
    @f/1.4




    #8 : Buttery smooth and progressive bokeh.
    @f/1.4



    #9 : @f/1.4



    #10 : @f/2

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    Simply gorgeous shots, Sar!

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    I went down the road of letting my 70-200 VR1 go in favour of the 85mm 1.4D not the
    "G" for general photography.I must be out of touch for I was unaware of this new lens
    from Nikon - is there much improvement.
    Love your photos,good quality and a pleasure to view.
    Nikon Gear

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