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    Quote Originally Posted by rich815 View Post
    Ken Rockwell is much keener on the 85/2 vs the older 1.8:

    http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/85f2ais.htm
    I struggle with Rockwell's logic:

    "...when shooting on 35mm, this lens is unbeaten. Even if some other 85mm lenses are a little better…"

    How can something be unbeaten, even though "…other 85mm lenses are a little better…"? Surely the latter contradicts the former?

    As such, I don't take his reviews too seriously.

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    I've read out there that because the f2 is so sharp, when you use it with tri-x for example, the pictures aren´t so good, but i never tested none of both and made a comparison, i have 3 trix to develop, and i've tested the 1.8 non ai with my D5000 and it looks damm great to me
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    Anyone out there have tested both of them on BW?
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    Quote Originally Posted by LJH View Post
    I struggle with Rockwell's logic:

    "...when shooting on 35mm, this lens is unbeaten. Even if some other 85mm lenses are a little better…"

    How can something be unbeaten, even though "…other 85mm lenses are a little better…"? Surely the latter contradicts the former?

    As such, I don't take his reviews too seriously.
    I don't know....when you include the first part of that sentence it's meaning is more clear:

    "While the newer 85mm f/1.8 AF-D and 85mm f/1.8 G are slightly better optically, they are bigger and made of plastic, and when shooting on 35mm, this lens is unbeaten. Even if some other 85mm lenses are a little better..."
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    Don't discount the Zeiss. I've used both a lot and the Zeiss is beautiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Philip Taylor View Post
    Don't discount the Zeiss. I've used both a lot and the Zeiss is beautiful.
    Which you talking about? How much does it cost?
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    A little out off my budget the zeiss
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    Nikon 85 mm 1.4 Ais MF lens for sale

    Quote Originally Posted by alexandre costa View Post
    Hi! i'm looking for a nikon 85mm f2 or f1.4 MF, it has to have the glass pristine, it doesn't bother me if it is not pretty outside.
    Thanks!
    Hi Alexandre,
    I have a 85 mm 1.4 manual focus lens (#199293) as good as new. A very nice piece of Nikon glass. I bought it several years ago but never used it, since I'm more a wide angle guy and don't like making portraits. I'm going through my lenses right now and will sell some shortly to get some money for new equipment. This lens will have to go as well.

    Let me know if you're interested and what offer you want to make me, before I put it up for sale on this forum.
    The glass is excellent, also the body. No oil leaks, no scratches, no fungus. I wonder if this lens if ever used at all.

    Comes with original front and back cover. Shipping will be from The Netherlands, Europe.

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    Since I never used it, I can't tell you what this kind of lenses is capable of on a MF Nikon camera loaded with B&W film.
    To make shure the aperture rings work properly, I tried it on my Digital Nikon D200 (I didn't say that out loud, did I??).
    As a small and very unprofessional test, I made one simple shot indoors of an old Nikon F body lying around.
    This image came straight out of the camera - no Photoshop tinkering added (only resized for internet).

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    Send me a PM with your offer if you're interested.
    Thanks,
    Bert from Holland
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    * My favorite cameras: Hasselblad SWC, Leica SL, Leica M7, Russian FKD 18x24, Bronica SQ-B and RF645, Rolleiflex T2, Nikon F4s, Agfa Clack and my pinhole cameras

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    Quote Originally Posted by rich815 View Post
    I don't know....when you include the first part of that sentence it's meaning is more clear:

    "While the newer 85mm f/1.8 AF-D and 85mm f/1.8 G are slightly better optically, they are bigger and made of plastic, and when shooting on 35mm, this lens is unbeaten. Even if some other 85mm lenses are a little better..."
    Um, no, it doesn't. It still is a contradictory, counter-intuative load of ill-considered "fluff". If anything, it exagerated the stupidity of the claim as it details 2 lenses that beat the unbeatable.

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