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    Nikkor 85mm F2 or f1.4

    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!
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    www.keh.com has six of those right now.

    http://www.keh.com/Camera/format-35m...c=81136&r=WG&f

    (click to go to page 4)

    Not sure the shipping situation for overseas but I've been satisfied with their conservative grading system, even thrilled buying some UG lenses from them.
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    Thanks Rich!
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    Ought to also consider the old 85/1.8... Nicer lens than the 85/2...

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    Shipping from KEH to EU countries is somewhere around ~70 USD, you might consider picking up more stuff

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    Alexandre, the 85 f/2 Nikkor lens is designed as a portrait lens and is slightly soft. I had one for a short while before moving it along; this lens came out in the late seventies.

    There is also an 85 f/1.8, which appeared in the sixties, it is contrasty and sharp, compared to the later 85 f/2. I haven’t used this lens, but a friend has one bought new in the late sixties, lovely prints.

    I have tried the AF 85 f/1.8 it was also soft, even looked soft through the viewfinder.

    I have the 85 f/1.4 it is a brilliant lens, but should be used with its deep hood cover as this lens can suffer from flare reasonably easy; sharp, contrasty and a pure joy to use.

    Along with my 105 f/2.8 these are my two favourite lenses.

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    Actually now Mick, i'm using the 85mm f1.8 MF, a friend of mine lend to me to try it out, i did so far 3 rolls of film but i'm not sure if i really want this, i will use it one more week to see the results.

    By the way thanks for the information!
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    Ken Rockwell is much keener on the 85/2 vs the older 1.8:

    http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/85f2ais.htm
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    I kinda doubt Ken actually tried either lens.

    http://www.naturfotograf.com/index2.html

    Bjørn Rørslett says that the 1.8 is better than the 2. My experience mirrors his experience, as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John_Nikon_F View Post
    I kinda doubt Ken actually tried either lens.

    http://www.naturfotograf.com/index2.html

    Bjørn Rørslett says that the 1.8 is better than the 2. My experience mirrors his experience, as well.

    -J
    So he made this up too?

    http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/85m...comparison.htm

    http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/85m...comparison.htm
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