View Full Version : Nikkor 85mm 1.8 versus 1.4
There's quite a jump in price between the used Nikkor 85mm 1.8's and the rarer, faster 1.4's. Any opinions on whether it's worth spending the extra on a 1.4 for use with Red?
03-20-2007, 08:58 PM
The 1.8 is a GREAT lens! The only way you'd be dissapointed is if you tried the 1.4 :)
03-20-2007, 10:45 PM
Is there much difference between the AF and manual versions of the 85mm 1.4? I have been leaning towards manual lenses for my kit.
Also the manual 85mm f2 seems to get very mixed reviews. Any opinion on that one?
03-20-2007, 10:52 PM
Avoid the 85mm f2, it's not in the same leauge. The AIS and AF versions of the 1.4 are the same optically except the AF is a rear focusing lens, so the lens does not get longer when you focus. This may mean it breathes lesss but I haven't tested it yet. I own the AIS manual focus version.
03-20-2007, 11:18 PM
Thanks for the quick reply!
I look forward to a review of the 85mm 1.4, but all in good time :)
Okay, so a used BGN 1.4 or an EXC 1.8?
03-21-2007, 02:21 PM
Bargains at KEH are really just that. I've never had an issue with a BGN from KEH I actually look for them. They are always in better condition than you expect.