4 comments on “First Impressions: Nikon 85mm f/1.4 AI-s

  1. Looks like a nice lens. How is the balance?

    I have an FD adaptor, so I would happily look for something cheap, like the Canon FD 85 f1.8 to play with… but I’m not sure the optical quality is as high as this lens. You have some good examples here.

    • Thanks Martin. 🙂

      Asking me how a lens balances is extremely subjective, since I am used to handling much larger lenses handheld (such as my 180mm f/2.8). However, it’s a bit shorter and a tad heavier than my 105mm f/1.8, so the balance is about the same. Easy to hold in one hand, though best results are holding with the lens.

      This 85mm f/1.4 is known as one of Nikon’s best lenses, even to date. So with that in mind I’m not sure how it would compare with the Canon. Canon fd lenses, from what I have read, generally are a little less sharp than their AI-s counterparts, but produce better contrast wide-open. If one didn’t post-process much (where recovering contrast is easy), the Canon should be a great lens. However, more detail can probably be extracted from this Nikon.

      But hey, if you can find a cheap(ish) copy of that Canon, I say go for it! 85mm even f/1.8-2 gives you PLENTY of room for depth-of-field control, as you see in my examples.

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