This lens would NOT be good for a group picture - unless you were standing 50 yards away. It is designed as a portrait lens on a full frame sensor which means its really an 120mm lens on your cropped sensor. Group photos of t he kind you mention are more effectively shot with a lens in the 20-24mm range. That said, this is a GREAT lens, amazingly sharp. But no groups.
5 years Nikon USA, I love the lens but some chromatic issues on hair. I can fix in photoshop, just an extra step.
Great lens other than that. Shot my daughters bday, turned out nice. http://www.flickr.com/photos/christopherkeegan/sets/72157642820120425/
Hey Andrew... Maybe almost depending on the situation. My 85mm stays on my camera 90% of the time now. Only use the 50mm when I am in a situation where I just need a little more wide angle and can't back up any further.
This is too easy! Check Camera Labs or DxOMark. Camera Labs declares the 85mm f/1.8G's Bokeh to be superior to the D at full aperture, which is key for portraits. While the lens has many plastic parts, the lens elements themselves are high-grade glass-and the lens itself is weatherproof, making this a great choice if you are looking for a relatively affordable telephoto prime lens with excellent optical performance.
Chr. aberration 4µm
DxOMark score:35 (Higher than many more expensive lenses in the same range)
In other words, just buy it!
Yes, it worth it. Have far less chromatic aberrations, more definition across all the frame, and weights far less. This lens is very good starting F1.8, but at the range F4-F8 it shines, even better than Nikkor 105 mm F1.8, which was my previous sharper lens
It will work , crop factor is 1.5 so this 85mm will be a 127.5mm. It is a superb lens, superb optics, any nikon camera would be happy to mount this lens on it. when used on full frame you're approaching whole Depth of field. It's sharp enough to take your camera resolution to the limit even at f/1.8
You are absolutely right on that Scott. The 35 1.8 is also a Chinese made lens. Same here ... that 35 1.8 was the first lens on my D90 (which is made in Thailand) and is still my go-to prime lens. I feel like this 85 mm is definitely more a portrait lens given the effective focal length on the D90. It performs superbly tho. I think the only two Japanese lenses i own are Toknia's. I don't understand why its important where a lens is made tho? Is it about the QC??