Canon's Boring 85mm F1.2 L

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  1. frederick

    frederick Guest

    frederick, May 7, 2008
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    Old news! That's why it's been known and said that most Canon pros that
    want an 85mm lens will use the 85/1.4 Nikkor. I loved the old 85 on the Mk
    III.



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    Rita Berkowitz, May 7, 2008
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    frederick Guest

    Sure, those blurry borders and shallow DOF are great for portraits.
    Apart from the outstanding 14-24 Nikkor, what do D3 owners use when they
    want an image sharp across the frame? A Sigma macro?
     
    frederick, May 7, 2008
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  4. The Nikkor 85mm f1.8 AF (in addition to a heck of a lot of other
    Nikkors - see my www.donferrario.com/ruether/slemn.html). Sure,
    you trade "creamy"" OOF areas and "good" bokeh for sharpness,
    but that is the name of the game - and I prefer sharpness. The f1.8
    is sharp across a FF to the corners at f1.8, and it is only a fraction
    of a stop slower than the f1.4 - and it does it in a cheaper, smaller,
    and lighter package. Put a diffusion filter on that one if
    you really must have a soft image...;-) BTW, I sold my 85mm f1.4
    Nikkor in favor of the f1.8, for the reasons given above - but I'm
    more into shooting places and things (graphically) than people...
     
    David Ruether, May 7, 2008
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    RichA Guest

    How does it compare to the 85mm Planar 1.4?
     
    RichA, May 7, 2008
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    Paul Furman Guest

    Nice interactive charts!
    Use a 105 Micro Nikkor. The 85/1.4 is for when you need that shallow DOF
    at that focal length.

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    Paul Furman, May 7, 2008
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  7. That explains the AF problems you had with the Mk III, and why
    it's Canon's fault.

    -Wolfgang

    PS: It's well known that you will push coke bottle bottoms as
    lenses if someone wrote "Nikon" on them. That's OK, everyone
    needs comic relief from time to time.
     
    Wolfgang Weisselberg, May 7, 2008
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  8. If you do want a lens that's blurry *in focus* outside the center
    when open ...
    Boring sharpness behaviour is good in my book. If I want unsharp
    corners, there is not only vaseline and a clear filter ---
    nowadays image manipulation programs can make in-focus areas
    unsharp, but not the reverse.

    -Wolfgang
     
    Wolfgang Weisselberg, May 7, 2008
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