Prime lenses with different max apperture
Hi to all , This is my first post to the nikonians.
What I would like to know is the relation of price to performance of several primes with different max apertures.
For example If we take a 80 f1.4 , 80 f1.8 , 80 f2 and close them to 5.6 ( a common stop) , would the difference in outcome justify the price difference ?
I am not taking CRC (close focus correction) in considaration , just usual lens use.
I am mentioning the 80mm lens coz I dont know which lens to buy 80 1.4 or 80 1.8 ??
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#1. "85mm" | In response to Reply # 0jrp Charter MemberSun 06-Aug-00 03:19 PM
LAST EDITED ON Aug-06-00 AT 07:28 PM (GMT)
They all will perform superbly at f/5.8 and f/8
I own the 85mm f/2 and it is extremely sharp. Contrast is a bit lower than in modern AF versions but nothing to be too concerned about. The 85mm f/1.4 is slightly better but hardly noticeable unless you are making chart comparisons with a microscope.
If you have no use for the wider aperture, get the same.
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#3. "RE: 85mm" | In response to Reply # 2Adesso Basic MemberMon 07-Aug-00 02:39 AM
I've owned both the 85mm AF-D f/1.8 and a manual focus 85mm f/1.4. Both are great optics. I've had trouble noticing a diffence between the two. The f/1.4 was wicked quick, large, and heavy. My f/1.8 is quick, small and lightweight. I think the only time I needed the extra speed was for shooting a basketball game with no flash. But then, the lack of autofocus was missed. Not necessary, but missed. While I would love to own the new AF-D f/1.4 85mm, I can't justify the cost. I still have my f/1.8 and sold off my f/1.4 because the autofocus operation is just so convienient. Optically, I can't notice a difference between the two. I've shot with both autofocus versions, and they are superb. Already owning a f/1.8, I think my wife would give me heartburn about buying the f/1.4. I hope this helps. And whatever lens you go with, rest assured that you'll get great results!! Take care and happy hunting!!
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