gnohz1982's reviews

  • Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S Nikkor

    10 out of 10 points and recommended
    Super sharp even when wide open, beautiful colours, creamy bokeh
    Some CA wide open depending on angle, learning curve to use it wide open

    I almost always use this lens wide open at f/1.4 shooting portraits and children and have always been amazed at the creamy bokeh and colour rendition. I have used it on the D700 and D810 and if focused and used correctly, it can be super sharp even at 100% magnification on the D810. It is my go-to lens for candids and portrait shots.

    I do not own the older version, but I have handled it and compared it to the focusing speed of the newer version. No scientific tests but I felt that the older lens focused a tad faster and can be noisier.

    The only thing is that there is a learning curve to use this lens, especially if you plan to use it at or close to its max aperture.

    Now that Nikon has announced the 105mm f/1.4, it's going to be interesting to compare these 2 lenses.

    For samples, almost all of the short-tele shots on my gallery ( were taken using the 85mm.

    reviewed July 31st, 2016 (purchased for $1,506)