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85 f1.4G vs D for focus speed


Lake Elmo, US
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PSAGuy Gold Member Nikonian since 04th Nov 2008
Fri 28-Sep-12 02:14 PM

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) .