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    Hi Matt, I shoot a lot of low light work and the 85mm 1.8 lives almost permanently on my 35mm.

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    Not sure if you are still in the market for 85 mm lens, but KEH has the 85 1.4 AIS bargain rated in stock again. I purchased mine from them same rating...gorgeous lens @ 1/3 the cost. I think when I was looking to purchase I checked daily there for about 2 months before it came in stock.

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    I have the Nikkor 1.8 AF-D lens and I've taken my best pictures with that lens. It's sharp with good contrast and worth the money I paid for it. I doubt there would be significant improvement over the Nikkor 1.4 AF-D unless your work is very critical.
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    Hi all

    Just take out an old issue of Color Foto a german mag!
    They rate the AF D f1,8 85mm Nikon higher with 85,8 then the
    AF D f1,4 85mm get only 81,5 but they booth get an extraordinary
    They do this test with an MTF machine wich costs as much as a middle large house!
    Now which one is the sharper and better lens?
    I have the 1,8 its lighter and sharper, but if anyone needs the 1,4 then he has to buy it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnArs View Post
    Hi all

    Just take out an old issue of Color Foto a german mag!
    They rate the AF D f1,8 85mm Nikon higher with 85,8 then the
    AF D f1,4 85mm get only 81,5 but they booth get an extraordinary
    They do this test with an MTF machine wich costs as much as a middle large house!
    Now which one is the sharper and better lens?
    I have the 1,8 its lighter and sharper, but if anyone needs the 1,4 then he has to buy it!
    Happy day, Armin Seeholzer
    I think Bjørn Rørslett would disagree and depending on only one rewiev would not be vice. Though I find my 85 f/1.4 incredibly good and feel its superiour to the f/1,8's I have seen work from it really doesn't matter since the f/1.8 is a good lens and much cheaper. I would think money is better spend on the f/1.8 for generel use. Unless you want the out of focus look and that bit of extra sharpness of the f/1.4 or shoot a lot at f/1.4 to f/4 you probably wont notice the difference. Just look at Nicoles pics, do you think they lack anything in imagequality, I don't
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    I went for the f.1.4 and never regretted it. I was worried that it is larger than the f1.8 but it has a lovely balance to it - a pleasure to use, and great to use at widest aperture. I've never tried the f1.8 but know people who are very happy with it. Either lens, I don't think you'll go wrong!

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    Considering the latest low end Nikon D**gitals can't autofocus with either of these lenses odds are prices on used will drop. Worse I wonder how long Nikon will sell either.


    Not sure if that means you should run out and get one now or wait.

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    Nick, now you done it....gone and given away my secret....I am waiting quietly for the D40 and now D40x shooters to dump the D lenses so I can gobble them up at firesale prices.
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    I wonder how much longer the higher priced models autofocus. That's when the D lenses will go on sale -)

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    Nick, you don't want to put an 85 on a D40. They don't handle too well with all that glass on the front.

    yes, I tried my 85/1.8 K on a D40. It's a very odd feeling setup. Much prefer running the 85on my FA or Nikkormat FTn.

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