he said one best value lens AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G $479.95 over AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G $1,599.95 do you guys agree or disagree with this. i think he right but want your guys thought on this.
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Posted 12 July 2018 - 10:31 PM
That depends on what end result you want. The f/1.8 is sharper, but the background gets busy, especially if there are specular highlights present.
The f/1.4 on the other hand is a pure portrait lens, where how it draws trumps absolute sharpness.
Even if you shoot both at the same aperture, the f/1.4 will always draw smoother, both the sharp and the unsharp parts in the frame. It doesn't do harsh, gritty portraits because it is optimized to give a more classic look with minimal postprocessing. For the photographer who wants that, it is one of the best but for others it is not worth the money.
If you want absolute sharpness in the sharp parts and a smoother background, the Sigma 85/1.4 ART will muddy the decision process even more.
Posted 13 July 2018 - 11:30 AM
I can second what Peter said about the background. I do love my AFS 85mm f/1.8G but because of it's non rounded aperture blades you really have to pay attention to the background. It's not a deal killer but something to think about. Otherwise it's a terrific lens and I don't hesitate to recommend it to anyone. Is the f/1.4 better? Yep, but it's also $1600. So, yeah, the f/1.8 version qualifies as a bargain in my book.