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New AFS 85 f1.8G Hoops Shots

torwood

Jefferson Hills, US
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torwood Silver Member Nikonian since 06th Dec 2010
Sat 12-Jan-13 03:14 AM | edited Sat 12-Jan-13 03:14 AM by torwood

Last week I bit the bullet and replaced my old AFD 85 f1.8 with the new AFS 85 f1.8G. I use this lens primarily for indoor basketball, and the old AFD version has been frustrating me for about three years with slow, inaccurate focus tracking. I finally had enough and after toying with the idea of buying an f2.8 tele zoom, I decided instead to get the new AFS 85mm.

Attached are a few basketball shots I took this week of my son's 9th grade team. These aren't SI cover captures, but I think they illustrate that the lens is a good basketball lens, and is far superior to the older AFD version. All shots are JPEGS, shot with my D7000, in Manual, f2, between 1/640 and 1/1000, Auto ISO max 6400 (these are all between ISO 2500-3200), with +1/3 stop of compensation. Some cropping and minor sharpening in iPhoto.

My primary reason for buying this lens was better AF performance. This isn't a lightening fast autofocusing lens like the 70-200 f2.8. In fact, I can't measure any actual speed difference between it and my older AFD version. BUT, it locks and tracks focus much more accurately and faster. I know the 70-200 is faster, but I shot all these photos at f2, which is an impossibility with the 70-200 zoom. That (well, and the price) made the difference for me.

ISO 3200 1/640 f2, this is about a 20% crop shot from the corner of the court.

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ISO 2500 1/640 f2, this shot is about a 25% crop of a fast break coming right at the camera. This shot is not possible with the older 85 f1.8D on the D7000, as the combo can't track focus well enough coming toward the camera from this distance.
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ISO 2500 1/800 f2, cropped only slightly.
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ISO 2500 1/800 f2, this is a 50% crop moving away from the camera. The older 85 f1.8D on the D7000 also had a problem with these shots. The new AFS 85mm is much better.
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