Anyone know anything about the difference here? I've read that most of the 1.8's going back have all been pretty sharp, but I've heard the 2.0's were a little softer. How much softer? Anyone have experience with an 85/2.0 AIS? I've got an opportunity to buy one.
#1. "RE: 85/1.8 AI'd vs. 85/2 AIS" | In response to Reply # 0f8bthere Basic MemberSat 06-Jan-01 12:43 AM
I have used all of the 85mm lenses made by Nikon since the first one... the f/1.8 for the F in the early 1960's. I have the f2.0 AIS and use it all of the time. It is fine wide open, outstanding from about f/4.0 to f/5.6, certainly better than a slow zoom at the same aperture. While I have the faster f/1.4 lens, I like the manual focus F/2.0 because of its size... my normal lens is a 35mm f/1.4 and both of these lenses use the economical 52mm filter size. It is my indoor portrait lens, I like to use the 105mm f/2.5 outdoors.
This question has come up before, so you can check out the tread, and see a picture posted by JPR with the f2.0 lens almost wide open... it is very sharp. If you need any other information, just ask.
#3. "RE: 85/1.8 AI'd vs. 85/2 AIS" | In response to Reply # 2NikF2AS Basic MemberSat 06-Jan-01 04:23 AM
I bought a used 85mm f2 AIS a few months back after the like of AL,JRP and others gave their positive feedback on it.After a slow start,i recently used it a lot on my trip back to Sarawak (part of my Nikkormat FTN,28mm and 50mm kit for the humid trip)and i don't find it wanting in sharpness in my use.I have done some formal portrait of relatives shooting at f2.8,with cable release ,on tripod and using Fuji Superia Reala.The 8x12 inches
enlargement i got so far is sharp aplenty for a non professional like me.Now give me some KY jelly to smear on the filter to cover
the zip and warts that pop up unwelcomed
p/s-go for the best you can afford.If you plan to get it on ebay,a reasonable price for 85mm f2 AIS would be US$150-190 for an excellent to mint sample from my recent checking.
There is a "new " one right now on ebay
#4. "85/1.8 AI'd vs. 85/2 AIS" | In response to Reply # 3richardbarron Basic MemberSat 13-Jan-01 12:58 AM
I actually have one of each of these. Years ago I got an 85/1.8 AF because I didn't have an 85mm. I liked it, and used it alternately with a 105/2.5 as the mood struck. Last summer I saw an 85/2.0 at a bargain price and was consumed with curiosity. I'd never been very happy with the feel and handling of the 1.8, and I knew from experience that the MF Nikkors of the 1980's were put together like I like. The remaining question was performance. In the months I've had it, the 85/2.0 has not left me wanting. And it's metal fit and finish are much more pleasing than the 1.8. I shoot news, and that means I often shoot nearly wide open, and I've decided that the 85/2.0 was a good addition to my bag.