Arrrgh, wanted to do some landscaping with the sun nicely shining, but while I drove to my fav spot (the "unremarkables"
) for test-shots I was stopped by a crash on the autobahn and the resulting traffic jam. And when I finally arrived at the site a cloud bank made it impossible to do finish shots with the required diligence
But enough whining! Wanted to update you on current street prices of the lenses in Germany (all incl. 19% VAT):
85/1.8D: around 380 EUR (AF only with D80/90/7000 and up)
85/1.8G: around 480 EUR
85/1.4G: 1400-1500 EUR (the discontinued 85/1.4D is still available at around 1100 EUR)
The Zeiss ZF.2 Objektiv Planar T* 85mm 1.4 (non-AF) is at 1100 EUR
The Samyang 85/1.4 non-AF can be had for 300-400 EUR
and the Sigma AF 85mm 1.4 EX DG HSM is at 800-850 EUR
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Conclusion: If you exclude the Samyang (I wouldn't recommend manual focus on a large aperture prime) the f1.8 Nikons are in fact the cheapest alternative to get one of those much sought-after large aperture 85mm primes.
Who would have thought that I mention "cheap" and "Nikon" in one sentence
But have a look at my reviews of the AF-S 35/1.8G
(only DX) and AF-S 50/1.8G
and you see a trend here: Nikon is in for offering some of the most interesting lenses after the standard/kit zooms at great prices and with a very good image-quality.
Mind you, the IQ of the new 85/1.8G still has to be thoroughly tested by me before I can offer a verdict. But initial impressions are positive so far.
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