I have an AF 85/1.8 and an AI 105/2.5, and while I love them both, I find the 105 to be the more indispensible.
Jim MacKenzie - Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
A bunch of Nikons; Feds, Zorkis and a Kiev; Pentax 67-II (inherited from my deceased father-in-law); Bronica SQ-A; and a nice Shen Hao 4x5 field camera with 3 decent lenses that needs to be taken outside more. Oh, and as of mid-2012, one of those bodies we don't talk about here.
first one for SLR was Nikkor-H Auto 85mm f/1.8 (symmetrical 6/6 element, subsequently updated to C coated version) - great lens
next was non-Ai Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 (symmetrical 6/4 element, rubber focussing ring, can be found as Ai converted) - great lens too
short run of Ai Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 was made too, with the same optical formula.
then it was updated to Ai-Nikkor 85 mm f/2.0 (5/5 element optics) - rather mediocre performer compared to the older 85's
last update was Ai-S 85mm f/2.0, still 5/5 element optics
current AF-Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 D is a lot better lens than ais 85/2.0, probably on par with original 85/1.8's
however my favorite lens for portraiture is 35mm f/1.4 nikkor
Last edited by Lukas_87; 12-26-2009 at 09:45 AM. Click to view previous post history.
Reason: mistyping & my horrible english
The 105 1.8 is excellent, as is the 2.5 version, and the prices are great too, especially on the 2.5. The images look basically interchangeable at 2.8. I also love the superb 85 1.4, and the DC lenses, but have been very unsatisfied with the 85mm 1.8. Perhaps this is a problem with the AF version, but the blurry backgrounds are pretty rough wide open. Lines never get blurry at all. The edges just get farther apart. If you want that dreamy background blur, the 85 1.8AF is about as bad as it gets without becoming a "special effect." Perhaps the Ai versions are different as so many people are recommending them.