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Nikkor 85mm f1.8 not as sharp as expected

zazou1991

Sarasota, US
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zazou1991 Basic Member
Sat 04-Aug-01 05:49 AM

Hello,

I have a Nikkor 85mm f1.8 that I received as a gift from my husband last year. I shot a few rolls and was very dissatisfied with it. The DOF is so shallow that I cannot get a group of people in focus unless they are all within the same plane (i.e. lined up like a police line up!). Yesterday, I pulled it out and shoot some pictures of my son at as close to the focusing distance as possible (2 feet or so) and the DOF was only about 2 inches! His eyes were in focus but his ears were out and he is only 4 so his face is small. Then on the same roll I shot my older son at about a 4 foot distance and those pictures were sharp. The apeture was anywhere from f2.8 to f4 on both occasions. Talking with my husband, he seems to think it's an issue with the shooting distance. Is this the case? or do I have a defective lens? Marcy

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