As a sports shooter, most of my work is covering hockey and hoops, and is with the 70-200 f2.8 . But occasionally I hit that dungeon of a gym for basketball that is DARKER than dark. I am interested in buying an 85 1.4 but don't know if the D or G is a better fit. I know the D is said to focus slowly, but how "slow" is "slow" ? What may be "slower than the G" on a bench test, may be just fine for a kid driving to the hoop with me on the baseline. I have shot sports for over 15 years, so I am generally one step ahead and can anticipate the action fairly well.
Does anyone here shoot basketball with this lens ? Have your results been OK ? I always shoot with a D3 (and will probably upgrade soon to D4) .
#1. "RE: 85 f1.4G vs D for focus speed" | In response to Reply # 0torwood Nikonian since 06th Dec 2010Fri 28-Sep-12 10:57 PM
I don't have the f1.4 version of the lens, but I have the 85 f1.8D, and I use it for basketball,...and it focuses a little too slow for my taste. I'm not so sure it focuses all that accurately, either, on my newer D7000 body. My older 50mm f1.8D was the same way. I upgraded to the AFS 50 f1.8G last season, and added the 35mm f1.8G DX, and they are both excellent for basketball. After two unsuccessful seasons with the 85 f1.8D, I am planning to shortly upgrade to the newer AFS version of this lens.
So,...my recommendation is to go to the AFS G version of the 85 f1.4. In basketball, you need every ounce of speed and focus accuracy you can get.
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#2. "RE: 85 f1.4G vs D for focus speed" | In response to Reply # 0TomCurious Registered since 03rd Jan 2007Fri 28-Sep-12 11:31 PM | edited Fri 28-Sep-12 11:32 PM by TomCurious
I moved from the 85/1.4D to the G and had them both for a couple weeks to compare. The D focuses considerably faster for initial acquisition. Racking the focus from near to infinity or back is about twice as fast with the D. On the other hand, the G tracks moving objects a bit better and more accurately, due to the AFS motor that has smaller increments. As long as the subject does not move too fast. Sorry I have not shot sports with either one, just my kids at play.
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#3. "RE: 85 f1.4G vs D for focus speed" | In response to Reply # 0Ferguson Nikonian since 19th Aug 2004Mon 01-Oct-12 12:44 AM
Since the "D" has a screw type focus, I would think it would vary a lot by body. I would expect a D3 or D4 to be the best at that. Mention it just to suggest as you read comments look at the camera.
I have nothing to compare to, but have used the 1.4G for concerts and street scenes, and never noted it being slow to focus.
Highly picky about focus and fine tune yes, but I attribute that to the razor thin DOF.
It sure is nice having those extra two stops when you need it though. Haven't tried mine in that use, but now maybe I will. Night soccer is dark or blurred - those seem to be my two choices.
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