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5.0 out of 5 stars Faster Focus - Better Lens, September 8, 2010
This review is from: Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR (Electronics)
The new lens is faster to focus and more accurate than either the 85mm 1.4D or 85mm 1.8 D. I have used both and shot over 50,000 photos with the 85mm 1.8 D as it was my bread and butter for several years. Is this a better lens than it's predecessor? YES!

If you already own the 85mm f/1.4 should you go out and sell it? Probably not, unless you are a mainly prime shooter. On the other hand, if you are looking for an upgrade to the 85mm 1.8 and use it heavily this may be a great buy. I mainly stick with the 35mm, 85mm & 135 lens in Nikon. I find that primes actually help my creativity. This lens will be my new workhorse.

Update: May 4, 2011

As a wedding and portrait photographer this has become my main lens. If I had to guess, I would say during engagement photography I use this lens 80% of the time and during a wedding around 40%+ of the time. I use this on my D700 and switch between this, the 35mm 2.0 and 135mm 2.0 and sometimes the 70-200mm. Using the 85mm all day instead of the 70-200mm all day is a back saver.

After shooting over 30,000 images through this lens all I can say is....Amaaaazing.
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Initial post: Sep 29, 2012 7:45:50 PM PDT
Randal A. says:
Hello, I could use your pov. I am having a hard time deciding between lenses for a big wedding this year. Would you recommend this lens over the 24-70mm?
I am shooting with my d700 backed up by a d7000.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2012 10:18:35 PM PST
R. ODell says:
You should look at the 35mm 1.4g for a wedding lens. You are going to want that wider angle for a wedding and there is a huge difference between 2.8 and 1.4 for low light. If you can get the 35mm and the 85mm that would be ideal. You will need the extra light for weddings.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 8, 2013 8:18:00 PM PDT
B. Craig says:
My question R. ODell where I have issues.. is I love to shoot wide open and I see where this lens and other primes would be amazing...but so many shots if you should wide open..so many will not be in focus. I shot a wedding last night, left my 70-200 on 2.8 and many of my wedding guest were out of focus. Frustrates me a little.

Posted on Jun 7, 2014 6:17:45 PM PDT
Geoffrey says:
Hi. Im not a professional so I wanted to ask your opinion regarding complaints for this lens concerning the issue of bad chromatic aberration and poor functionality going from tungsten to daylight lighting. Is this something you have encountered to be an issue that should worry me about spending the money for this lens.. or do you feel your experience with this lens out-weighs the 1 and 3 star reviews given from some customers? Thanks
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