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85mm Nikkor - Differences

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5 years 7 months ago - 5 years 7 months ago #812 by Olaf Kleemeyer
Hi folks!

I read a bunch of tests but that couldn´t take away my uncertainty. Actually I´m using the Nikkor 85mm 1.8 AF-D for portraits but the bokeh is a little harsh imho. So I´m looking for an 85mm 1.4. What are the differences between the AF-D and AF-S G concerning IQ? (Sharpnes? AF-Speed? Bokeh?) Who of you guys made a comparison and could tell me the result?
Thanks in advance!

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Olaf

Nikon D700, Nikkor 24mm 1.4, 50mm 1.4, 70-200mm 2.8
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5 years 7 months ago #814 by Serdar Dikdik
here you go.
I have both the 85mm. but I havent use the 85 d version yet. my father gave his old system to me as a present but I did not used those lenses yet.

85mm 1.4g. I bought it for myself. these g series are nikons first updates on lenses after 20 or more years. they come with nano coatings etc all those new featues.
except the 50mm 1.4g. all 24-35-85mm 1.4g are better than the older versions. one downside they are so much bigges though with the af motors. at least 2-3 times wider and 2 times taller.

if you buy the 85d, you will have a lens for a life time. very good quality.

if you buy the 85g, you will have one of the best lenses out there by nikon until the af motor dies.



so direct comparison
sharpness: g is better
af speed: d is better
bokeh: as I said havent used the af-d seriously, but in general 85mm is a focal length that will give you a smooth bokeh and dont believe so much difference will be between the afs and afd. but tests online shows crop sections are better on the new af-g. but not so much better to see directly, just in a magnified crop.

hope it helps.

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5 years 7 months ago #815 by Andrew Olson
I can only speculate about the 85's you mention as I have never used one myself. From what I have heard the new 85 1.4G is supposed to be one awesome lens, aside from the fact it might be a tad slower than the 1.4D, but being a modern design it might have a slight edge over the 1.4D. If it were me (and I had enough money) I would grab the 1.4G in a heartbeat, if you don't have the money for the 1.4G, the 1.4D should suffice.

I would also say look at the new 85 1.8G, which is also going to be a good lens.

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5 years 7 months ago #822 by Olaf Kleemeyer
Thank you, gentlemen. Your statements brought me a little closer to a decision.
Maybe anybody else has experiences with thoses lenses?
Especially changed from the 85mm 1.8 d (I own) to one of the 1.4-lenses?

Nikon D700, Nikkor 24mm 1.4, 50mm 1.4, 70-200mm 2.8

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