I am looking for a portrait lens, should I take a 85mm f1.4 or the 135mm f2 DC lens? At this moment I have the following lenses: Nikon 50mm f1.8 D Nikon AF-S 105mm f2.8 IF ED VR Micro Nikon AF-S 14-24mm f2.8G ED Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f2.8 ED Nikon AF 80-200mm f2.8 ED D Nikon AF 18-35mm f3.5-4.5 D Nikon AF 28-105mm f3.5-4.5 D macro Nikon AF-S 18-200mm f3.5-5.6 VR G ED DX Sigma EX 10-20mm D f4-5.6 DC HSM Sigma EX 70mm f2.8 DG Macro
#4. "RE: 85mm 1.4 or 135 mm f2 DC" In response to Reply # 0
Hi, the only observation I had when looking at your lens kit is that the 85mm offers a two-stop light boost to your f2.8 lenses and therefore might be more handy in some circumstances. Shooting f1.4 together with the D700 high ISO gets you into that 'available darkness' shooting capability!
Having said that, I own the 135mm f2 because in my case I needed a combination of reach and light advantage so I jumped for the 135mm first. Another alternative is to take your time in hopes Nikon comes out with an updated version of either lens (AF-S, maybe Nano-coat, maybe VR, perhaps sharper wide-open).
Best regards, SteveK My Nikonians gallery 'A camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.' -- Dorothea Lange
#8. "RE: 85mm 1.4 or 135 mm f2 DC" In response to Reply # 7
I have both lenses and the are both good - but I think the 85 f/1.4 is the best. It's very sharp and produces wonderful backgrounds. It is my favorite portrait lens. I use it on FX cameras. When I want to work at a little more distance from the subject, then I will go to the 135, or maybe a 105 depending on the situation.
As I said, my 135 f/2 DC is good, but it is not as sharp as the 85.