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Connor Photography
Posts: 6,326
Elkton, Maryland, US


Finalizing my lens collection, but I have a hard time to decide which to buy for my portrait lens.  I have a 85 1.8 now.  I eventually will switch to a FX body, but my D200 refuses to die and I have time to wait for a D4 body.
Dec 28 10 04:28 pm  Link  Quote 
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Skip Gue
Posts: 188
Miami, Florida, US


love my 105

Edit: 105 2.8 micro that is

Just snagged a mint 135 f2 ais as well (beautiful)!
Dec 28 10 04:38 pm  Link  Quote 
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ChanStudio - OtherSide
Posts: 5,311
Alpharetta, Georgia, US


Connor Photography wrote:
Finalizing my lens collection, but I have a hard time to decide which to buy for my portrait lens.  I have a 85 1.8 now.  I eventually will switch to a FX body, but my D200 refuses to die and I have time to wait for a D4 body.

Since you already have the 85mm f1.8, there is no reason to get another 85mm even if it is f1.4.  I would suggest go with the 100mm f2.0 DC.

Dec 28 10 04:40 pm  Link  Quote 
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photoimager
Posts: 4,799
Stoke-on-Trent, England, United Kingdom


Think about the 135DC. On DX ( D200 as well ) I found the 85mm F1.8 to be my 'go to' lens with my 135 being too long. On FX I prefer the perspective & working distance of the 135DC to the 105 ( micro, not DC ).

Some things in the 85G's favour are of course that it is an up to date design complete with the nanocoating, AFS etc. The DC lenses are about 20 years old.
Dec 29 10 12:41 am  Link  Quote 
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Skip Gue
Posts: 188
Miami, Florida, US


photoimager wrote:
Think about the 135DC. On DX ( D200 as well ) I found the 85mm F1.8 to be my 'go to' lens with my 135 being too long. On FX I prefer the perspective & working distance of the 135DC to the 105 ( micro, not DC ).

Some things in the 85G's favour are of course that it is an up to date design complete with the nanocoating, AFS etc. The DC lenses are about 20 years old.

+1

Dec 29 10 03:11 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Jon LiIIey
Posts: 927
London, England, United Kingdom


The 85mm f/1.8 is a great lens on an FX camera. I have the AF-D version and wouldn't spend three times the money for the f/1.4 version
Dec 29 10 06:13 am  Link  Quote 
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BareLight
Posts: 507
Kansas City, Kansas, US


I LOVE the 105 2.0 DC and use it for a good percentage of my shots.  I'm sure the 135 is just as amazing.
Dec 29 10 07:05 am  Link  Quote 
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Creative Concept Studio
Posts: 2,530
Fort Worth, Texas, US


AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 IF-D
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4004/4617280772_9c1a4c85bd.jpg

Camera     Nikon D700
Exposure     0.005 sec (1/200)
Aperture     f/1.4
Focal Length     85 mm
ISO Speed     200

AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4028/4301095762_d54deb8801.jpg

Camera     Nikon D700
Exposure     0.067 sec (1/15)
Aperture     f/3.0
Focal Length     105 mm
ISO Speed     400
Dec 29 10 07:09 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
c_d_s
Posts: 7,771
Lubbock, Texas, US


I have an 85/1.4, a 105/1.8 and a 135/2.0. If I had to pick one it would be the 85/1.4.
Dec 29 10 07:16 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Connor Photography
Posts: 6,326
Elkton, Maryland, US


ChanStudio - OtherSide wrote:

Since you already have the 85mm f1.8, there is no reason to get another 85mm even if it is f1.4.  I would suggest go with the 100mm f2.0 DC.

I am planning to sell the f1.8.  The 1.4 do offer a much creamy bokeh that I like.  The DC lens is good also, but as other has mentioned, it is a 20 years lens.  I have a feeling Nikon will update it soon.  I am looking for a long term collection as well as the present need. 

Shooting Dx with 85 mm is perfect, but once I switch to Fx, I am afraid it may be a bit too short.  This is a concern in my head.

Keep your comment coming, share your wisdom.  smile

Dec 29 10 07:17 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Connor Photography
Posts: 6,326
Elkton, Maryland, US


RKD, those are beautiful shots.  I think it was the carpenter's credit rather the hammer.  smile
Dec 29 10 07:19 am  Link  Quote 
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Creative Concept Studio
Posts: 2,530
Fort Worth, Texas, US


Connor Photography wrote:
RKD, those are beautiful shots.  I think it was the carpenter's credit rather the hammer.  smile

Thank you, but a good carpenter chooses the best hammer he owns for the job at hand.

Dec 29 10 07:21 am  Link  Quote 
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Barbarian Photography
Posts: 395
Grand Rapids, Michigan, US


85mm on DX is slightly closer to 135mm on full frame (85 X 1.5 = 127.5) than to 105mm on full frame.  I guess you could ask yourself if you wanna take one step closer or one step farther away to get the same size subject...but if 85 is perfect for you on DX, I'd think 135 is probably the way to go.
Dec 29 10 07:27 am  Link  Quote 
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nwprophoto
Posts: 13,903
Kalibo, Western Visayas, Philippines


photoimager wrote:
Think about the 135DC.

This

Dec 29 10 08:59 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
mbrianflores
Posts: 13
Pasadena, California, US


I'm glad you created this thread because I've been debating the exact thing myself. I've seen the 85 1.4 in action and have been very impressed with its consistent characteristics. I've also been really intrigued by the DC - one part because its a unique feature, and the other part is that its rarely used.

So on one hand is the reliable pleasantness of the 85 and on the other, the unique characteristics of the 105 DC.

My goal is to create head shots in between weddings and portraits, but also have a lens thats capable during weddings and portraits. My other goal is to be different.

The 85 1.4 and 105DC fit my first goal fine. The second goal, however, is not achieved by the 85 1.4 because it seems like every wedding photographer uses one. (Perhaps with good reason)

In order to achieve a style and look that is my own, I'm going with the 105 DC. I can still make good headshots and portraits without breaking the bank, and in fact, perhaps save money in the bank.
Dec 29 10 12:28 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
thomasgreenphotography
Posts: 6
San Antonio, Texas, US


Buy the 85mm 1.4. You can get it at B@H for less than a grand. The new one is out and costs $1699. I highly recommend this lens! Happy shooting:)
Dec 29 10 12:36 pm  Link  Quote 
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liddellphoto
Posts: 1,800
London, England, United Kingdom


I can only speak from an fx point of view but the 85mm and 135mm combo work best - I had a 105 and it was a bit too close.

I have just bought the sigma 85 1.4 over the nikon G after going through the test results - loads of wedding pros are buying it over the G too.
Dec 29 10 12:44 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
photoimager
Posts: 4,799
Stoke-on-Trent, England, United Kingdom


liddellphoto wrote:
I have just bought the sigma 85 1.4 over the nikon G after going through the test results - loads of wedding pros are buying it over the G too.

Given how much Sigma got right with their 50mm F1.4 that has the potential for intriguing comparison.

Dec 29 10 02:03 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
commart
Posts: 6,078
Hagerstown, Maryland, US


No brainer: 105mm

I have a complete line in primes from 50mm to 180mm and use all of them, but I consider my most dedicated "portrait lens" the 105mm f/2.5 AI-S.  A little look-up may be necessary, but a lens engineered expressly for portraiture is different from one designed for macrophotography.  The defocusing is a loud part of that, of course, there may be other differences as well.  Certainly my 105mm and 135mm lenses look the least coated or most clearly transparent lenses in my library.
Dec 29 10 02:35 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
T Voye Photography
Posts: 322
Auburn, California, US


liddellphoto wrote:
I have just bought the sigma 85 1.4 over the nikon G after going through the test results - loads of wedding pros are buying it over the G too.

Ditto.  Took a chance and couldn't be happier.  Sigma knocked this one out of the park.

Dec 29 10 03:27 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Marty McBride
Posts: 3,132
Owensboro, Kentucky, US


foreground wrote:
Buy the 85mm 1.4. You can get it at B@H for less than a grand. The new one is out and costs $1699. I highly recommend this lens! Happy shooting:)
liddellphoto wrote:
I have just bought the sigma 85 1.4 over the nikon G after going through the test results - loads of wedding pros are buying it over the G too.

I'm sure it's nice...just pray pray pray it never needs serviced! smile

Dec 29 10 06:36 pm  Link  Quote 
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