===facts from the catalog===
Now, while waiting for Nikon to deliver on their latest and hopefully greatest 85/1.4G lens, let's have a look at the technical data and make some comparison to similar lenses.
: 87x84mm = medium size
83x80mm is the size of the 85/1.4D so not much to be seen here.
: 595 g =
Only 45 grams more than the old version.
: 10 elements in 9 groups vs. 9 elements in 8 groups on the 85/1.4D. This is much better than the zooms that tend to have something like 21/16 for the Nikon 70-200/2.8 . That bodes well for contrast and flare-resistance - helped by that mysterious Nano-coating that Nikon is using like snake-oil to improve lens-performance. Looking at the cross-section you see that there're no aspherical or ED-element at all:
distance/max.magnification: 0.85m / 1:8.3
This is too bad as I normally need somewhere at 1:3-1:5. So no brownie points for this performance. When you use a Canon 500D close-up filter (as some would call it) you could reach something around and beyond 1:5.8. So perhaps all is not lost.
: 77mm = standard with pro-lenses
: No = a pity
The Nikon 70-200/2.8 zoom has VRII. So you can only hope that with a 2 stops larger aperture you could crank up the shutter speed to where shake is less likely.
: AF-S with SWM (silent wave motor), so does work on D60/3000/5000-bodies
, manual-focus override by turning the focus ring
Covers full frame/FX
or smaller = very good
Comes with a flexible lens pouch
, not a nice soft-case
: around 1400 EUR new (incl. 19% VAT) = expensive
The old Nikon 85/1.4 is around 1100 EUR now, the Zeiss (manual focus only!) at 1100 EUR, the Sigma at 900 EUR and there's also the Samyang as El Cheapo.
are standard Nikon's
The others still play catch-up
is relayed to the camera, so the Nikon body can do all the advanced exposure-related stuff with this lens
But this is true for all the alternatives too.
= no, just like all Nikon G-lenses
included and revertible for transport.
: seems so, but I'm not sure. The 85/1.4D has none.
Large aperture lenses are for isolating your subject. I need this as a nature shooter and even as a landscape shooter I love to have not everything in equal sharpness.
- The old Nikkor AF 85/1.4D
- The Sigma AF 85mm 1.4 EX DG HSM
- The Zeiss ZF Planar T* 85/1.4