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Need advise on Nikon 85 lens please
Marc Estrada, Photographer
St. Petersburg | FL | USA | Posted: 12:07 PM on 01.26.13
->> I am looking for a 85mm lens to shoot high school indoor sports with and would like to know which lens is the fastest focusing in low light, sharpest etc. I am using a Nikon D4.
Thank you guys,
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Eric Francis, Photographer
Omaha | NE | United States | Posted: 2:02 PM on 01.26.13
->> Food for thought....

http://nikonrumors.com/2013/01/21/nikon-af-s-85mm-f1-8g-lens-the-best-85mm-.../

I love my 85/1.8.
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 2:04 PM on 01.26.13
->> http://www.dxomark.com/index.php/Lenses/Camera-Lens-Ratings
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Nic Coury, Photographer
Monterey | CA | | Posted: 2:05 PM on 01.26.13
->> Yeha that new 85 f/1.8 is supposedly amazing,

I have the older 85 f/1.4 AF-d and it's stupid sharp. Nothing like it.
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Orlando Ramirez, Photographer, Assistant
San Diego | CA | United States | Posted: 6:26 PM on 01.26.13
->> I heard that the new 85 1.8's AF is not as fast as you would want for sports. But again, I haven't used one myself.
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Corey Perrine, Photographer
Naples | FL | USA | Posted: 10:04 PM on 01.26.13
->> http://kenrockwell.com/nikon/85AF.htm

http://kenrockwell.com/nikon/85mm-f18-g.htm

Older D - Faster focus and smaller in physical size.
Newer G - Lighter materials, silent motor, and creamier in bokeh.
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Chip Litherland, Photographer
Sarasota | FL | USA | Posted: 10:40 AM on 01.27.13
->> I have the new 85mm and it rocks...definitely out performs its price point. For sports, it's definitely slower AF, but I use it for weddings, commercial shoots, portraits, etc. so I don't notice it too much.

The sharpness and quality is hard to beat for an under $500 lens.

Chip
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Chuck Steenburgh, Photographer
Lexington | VA | USA | Posted: 11:48 AM on 01.29.13
->> I would be glad to sell you my 85/f1.8G AF-S. It is sharp to be sure, but focuses way too slow. (Which is why I am selling it.)

Sticking with Sigma 50/f1.4.
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Jeff Stanton, Photographer
Atlanta | Ga | USA | Posted: 1:36 PM on 01.29.13
->> I also went with a Sigma 50 1.4 and couldn't be happier. I must warn everyone who has never used one: this thing is a beast for a 50. But it focuses fast and tracks very well.
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Corey Perrine, Photographer
Naples | FL | USA | Posted: 2:53 PM on 01.29.13
->> Have you considered the 85mm f/1.4 AF-D?

It's a tad slower than the 85mm f/1.8 AF-D.

Twice the price. But worth it for that bokeh. Strong build. Fast AF. Could be up your alley.

If it's speed you're after, you need to be looking at the D line.
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Chris Peterson, Photographer, Photo Editor
Columbia Falls | MT | USA | Posted: 5:18 PM on 02.15.13
->> I just got a 85 1.8 AFS-G. Seems plenty fast enough sports (just as fast or faster than the 50 1.4 G) and sharp wide open, which the 50 is not. I shot a couple of games so far and it's worked really well. Few misses, even with a D7000, which doesn't have great AF to begin with.
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Brad Barr, Photographer
Port St. Lucie | FL | USA | Posted: 8:04 PM on 02.15.13
->> The sigma 85 1.4 is a sleeper here. Just like the 50, its better than the OEM old and new versions. That said, shooting sports w that razor thin dof is dicey with any 85. The siggy is the best option on nikon though
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Corey Perrine, Photographer
Naples | FL | USA | Posted: 3:05 PM on 02.18.13
->> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2r-6ZlfT-Cw
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Butch Miller, Photographer
Lock Haven | PA | USA | Posted: 4:09 PM on 02.18.13
->> Bokeh ... smokeh ... I think there are extremely few paying clients residing on this planet that could even discern the difference in the the aesthetic quality of the blur in the out of focus areas between f/1.8 and f/1.4 ... it's been my experience that it is only photographers that seem so concerned about this factor. I can't recall one assignment, job or project that would have garnered me a higher rate of income if I only had just a bit more creamy bokeh than can be achieved at f/1.8 ...

I've been rocking the original 85 f/1.8 AF-D since shortly after it was introduced back in the mid 1990s ... it is the best basketball lens for working the baseline ever made IMHO and kicks butt for portraiture ... Never saw the need in that time where f/1.4 was actually required for exposure needs ... even though I work in some very dark dungeons ... and considering how thin the DOF is wide open, then factoring in the size, weight and cost differentials ... I'll stick with what I've got ... granted, it won't pass muster on some of the newer bodies that can't handle legacy AF and it may be a smidge slower than newer AF-S lenses ... but I don't notice much difference in my keeper rate comparing it to my newer lenses ... considering it has paid for itself at least a hundred times over (or more) ... never saw the need to upgrade ...
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