After months of going back and forth over which 85mm lens I should purchase (because Oh My GOD, I have wanted an 85mm lens forever!), I finally bit the bullet yesterday and bought Nikon's newest lens offered in that department. The 1.8G 85mm. What a SWEET lens for the money! Oh yes, its much less pricier than its big brother, the 1.4G (by over a grand), and yes, its a little smaller in size and weighs about 30 grams less, too, because it is made of plastic instead of metal, but let me tell you, this baby is fast, and sharp, and oh MY! Its BRILLIANT regardless! This little piece of glass is fab!
Now, I've only just taken some test shots with it, so I've really nothing amazing-wise in the way to offer up as photographs yet, but let me just say that even though they were only just test shots, they look pretty amazing for being just that, test shots! In other words, I wasn't even trying to compose or play with my light, etc., and I was blown away by the quality, sharpness, and bokeh - shooting wide open.
Honestly, I really felt pained over this one in the beginning, well, for months as I've already stated. I am a bokeh lover in the first degree, which means I live for bokeh in my photography, so that gorgeous 1.4G really got under my skin, in the worst way. Yet, the price just blew me away!!! I could not justify spending the money on it, no matter what (and believe me I tried, in vain it seems), to come up with some sort of justification, but always in the end could not bring myself to buy it. Maybe someday I can justify it, when I'm shooting enough photographs of people to be able to, but for now, well . . . no. That said, this newer 85mm lens is just fantastic! And, in reviews is said to perform better on the newer D800 body than the 1.4G. I am interested in upgrading my camera body one day, so . . .
This sweet little lens gets amazing reviews and for its affordability and 5 Star optical performance, oh and let's not forget KILLER bokeh, I am super impressed with Nikon and this wonderful little 85mm! If you are anything like me, a bokeh fanatic who happens to be the proud owner of a Nikon DSLR, and you want a lot of bokeh bang for your buck, and a sharp piece of glass that won't disappoint, this is the perfect lens for you.