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In Topic: Nikon DF hands on review by Matt Granger

01 April 2014 - 09:28 PM

Granger has also done a "Nikon DF--Three month owners review" on his website. (You can also find it on You tube-uploaded on March 15, 2014.)


This review is even more positive the the one discussed above. He also makes some interesting comments about the "vitriol" (his word) that has been directed at the DF.

In Topic: Nikon 1.2g Lenses?

11 March 2014 - 05:37 PM

I think it unlikely that Nikon would ever make an 85mm f1.2.  It would  be very big, and very expensive. (Just look at the size and price of the 58mm f1.4!)   I think that the 85mm f1.4 G meets the needs of those users who want this kind of speed. (And there is also the Zeiss, the Sigma, and lower cost options like the Rokinon.)


Nikon does, however, still make the 50mm f1.2 ais.  I own this lens and I am very happy with it.  It is extremely sharp at f2 and beyond. (Sharper than my daughter's 50mm f1.4 G). And, while it is difficult to focus at f1.2, the paper thin dof and smooth bokeh can make for some great shots.  (I usually go to live view at f1.2 to get precise focus.)  B&H and Adorama are currently selling this lens for $649 import, and $699 US warranty.


One other thing about this lens: the build quality is superb.  It is equal to or better than the Zeiss/Cosina 50mm,  and it is just in a different league (in terms of build quality anyway) from the current line of G lenses.

In Topic: So. I want a portrait lens, but...

11 March 2014 - 04:36 PM



I was faced with the same choice.  I decided on the 85mm f1.8 D.  I purchased this lens *new* from B and H for $439.  I believe that both B & H and Adorama have them in stock at that price.


Several factors influenced my decision.  (i) Superior construction when compared to the 85mm 1.8 G lens; (ii) slightly faster autofocus when compared with the G version; (ii) essentially equal IQ.


It was also a plus for me that the D has an aperture ring and the G does not.


My advice would be to order in both and put them 'head to head'.  Go with what feels best.  I am continually impressed with the IQ on the 85mm f1.8 D. It is in many ways superior to my Zeiss 85mm f1.4 ZK.


I use an 85mm as my 'normal' lens on full frame. I have now also purchased a 135 f2 DC--an absolutely superb lens for head shots and working outside.

In Topic: Good news for Nikon D600 owners

28 February 2014 - 06:49 PM

Nikon has "done the right thing".  Although it took awhile, I think they should be given full marks for owning up to this problem and taking care of it (at no charge to the user).  

In Topic: Nikon DF -- What's the problem?

21 February 2014 - 05:50 PM

You may want to compare the 85/1.8 D and G lenses before buying, if possible, unless you must have the aperture ring for older cameras.  I find my 85/1.8 D to be a little soft when shooting with my D600.  Granted, we're talking about pixel-peeper reviews here so it's all good.  My 50/1.4 D speaks good old Nikon-ese though.


I had the opportunity to shoot a Df with the 85mm f1.8 G  before I ordered my camera.  I ended up ordering my Df with the 85mm f1.8 D instead of the G.  I did this because I wanted an aperture ring; and  the reviews I read said that the D model was at least as good as the G.


I have been extremely happy with my 85mm f1.8 D.  And when I compare shots taken with the D and the G, I have to give the edge (though it's slight) to the D.


I suspect a lot of this has to do with variations in individual copies of the lens, and needed  (but unimplemented) auto-focus adjustments.

My advice would be to order in a copy of each; do an A-B comparison and stick with what you like best.  (Put the camera on a tripod and focus in live-view, though.)