The Nikon 85mm f1.8G AF-S Nikkor Lens has been announced.
The 85mm f1.8D is a very sweet lens and quite inexpensive vis-a-vis its competing choices.
For me, price is a consideration.
We’ll, the 85mm f1.8D is going.
The 85mm f1.8G is announced and ordered.
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In November, the 85mm f1.8G was not an available option.
While the 85mm f1.8G is a half stop slower than the 85mm f1.4D and 85mm f1.4G, it is half the price of the 1.4D and one-third to one-quarter the price of the 1.4G. This half stop will not be a huge performance price in either shooting speed or in bokeh when shooting with good light sensitivity digital SLRs like the Nikon D7000.
Pricing for the 1.8G and 1.8D are very similar, within $10-$20 right now for new at about $499.00.
The MTF (modulation transfer function) performance of the 85mm f1.8G is better than those of either the 85mm f1.8D or the 85mm f1.4D. Thus I expect, the 85mm f1.8G will be the sharpest of these three lenses.
The real reason to go with the 85mm f1.8G ??
The 85mm f1.8G is AF-S (Auto Focus – Servo), that is it has a servo motor in the lens for quick, accurate focusing.
AF-S is a most valuable feature.
- Fraction of the price
- Fraction of the weight
- 67mm vs 77mm Standard Pro Filter Size
- Cheaper though not interchangeable with other pro glass filters
- 1/2 stop or so slower
- Little bit less bokeh
Once the 85mm f1.8G arrives and is put through its paces next to the 85mm f1.4D, I’ll decide which lens to keep. I’m betting it will be the 85mm f1.8G, if it focuses anything as quickly and accurately as my 70-200mm f2.8G ED VR II AF-S (currently the fastest most accurate focusing lens in my bag).
With razor-thin DOF (Depth of Fields) at f1.4 or f1.8, focus speed and accuracy is a key consideration for me. The iris must be in focus in a glamour head shot or portrait. Key advantage I expect for the 85mm f1.8G vs the f1.8D and f1.4D.