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    Nikon 85mm f1.4 AIS or Zuiko 100mm f2

    I have a Nikon FM2n and Olympus OM2n and I want a portrait lens, I'm undecided between these two. I walked into the camera store and found, what I think, are very good prices for both of these lenses ($395 for Nikkor and $594.95 for Zuiko).

    How do these compare in terms of bokeh and sharpness? Or is it really 85mm FOV vs 100mm FOV. I have no experience with a telephoto so I'm not sure which FOV I'd prefer.

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    What about the zuiko 85/2? Really sharp, gives you apples to apples focal length comparison. Slower, but said to be one of the sharpest Zuikos. Of course, if you will shoot in bright light, maybe go Nikon to take advantage of the higher shutter speed 1/4000 vs. 1/1000 on the FM2n.

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    A sharp lens isn't always the best choice for portraits.
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    Yeah actually I did think about the Zuiko 85mm f2, it's been on my mind, and I was going to start looking for one of those or possibly a Zuiko 100mm f2.8, but today when I walked into the camera store I saw two steller portrait lenses. I didn't really look into the Nikon so much but the Zuiko 100mm f2 sells closer to 1k from what I've read. So it seemed to be a better deal.

    I think 85mm is a better focal length in this format because I have a better chance of holding it at a slower shutter speed (maybe) and it is probably a better walk-around lens. I might go for that one or maybe a Zuiko 85mm f2.
    Last edited by vegeotto; 06-30-2012 at 09:58 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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    That's a low price for the 100mm f2 Zuiko. I won't sell mine for any price. It is one of the few Zuikos to used ED glass. My copy of the 100mm f2 Zuiko is extremely sharp and a wonderful low light medium telephoto.
    Dave

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    I was going to say that's a great price for the Nikkor. I know the 100/2 and 85/2 Zuikos have fine reputations, but the Nikkor seems to always be on the short list of the very best manual focus Nikkors. I would jump on it for that price, myself.

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    Man, makes me want to jump on both, then sell the loser. They both seem like great deals.

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    I have no experience of the Zuiko 100/2, but I have been using Nikkor 85/1.4 since the mid 80's and you will not be disappointed with this lens.
    If both lenses are available at the same shop you might be able to take a test roll with each of them and compare.

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    If it's mainly for portraits, then why go for such high speed lenses?....My favourite portrait lens is the 105mm 2.5 Nikkor. I would tend to use f4 for the majority of my outdoor portraits. With f1.4 or f2, that's going to give you very little depth of field close in. The only time I would use a lens that fast would be indoor available light or night time shots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rolleiman View Post
    If it's mainly for portraits, then why go for such high speed lenses?....My favourite portrait lens is the 105mm 2.5 Nikkor. I would tend to use f4 for the majority of my outdoor portraits. With f1.4 or f2, that's going to give you very little depth of field close in. The only time I would use a lens that fast would be indoor available light or night time shots.
    +1 here. 105/2.5 Nikkor is an amazing lens and very sharp yet still quite good for portraits. One of my absolute favorites and much lighter than my legendary 85/1.4 Planar which I use with my Contax system. Guess which gets used WAY more often?
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