Anybody using a D800 and a 85mm 1.4G or 1.8G lens ? I read a few places on the internet that the 85mm 1.8G is almost just as good as the 1.4G lens.... only main difference is that the one can stop down to 1.4. They say that on the D800 the 14G is not 3 times, or even 2 times better than the 1.8G but that the price of the 1.4G is 3 times as much.
I need a portrait lens for my D800 for weddings, so far been using the 24-70 and 70-200 but would like something to stop down to 1.8 or maybe even 1.4.
I just do not know if it is worth getting the 1.4G over the 1.8G on the D800 for 3 times the price ???
Sorry i may not be much help as my D800 is yet to arrive. However, I bought the 1.8G 2 months ago (specifically for the d800) and I love it. Using it on my D300 for now Comparing Images to my daughter's 1.4 D, I am VERY glad that i chose the 1.8G. Is her lens a little better? Yes, but bang for the buck nothing compares. I am extremely happy with the 1.8G. (wow I may have just written the LEAST helpful post, ever). I really do love the 1.8G lens.
The 1.8 might be the best lens for your use because bokeh being the only critical characteristic which is not as good as the 1.4. In a wedding, where the background is not as close in relationship to the camera to subject range, you can control whether that is worth the $1200 and additional post processing to get rid of the CA that is present at 1.4 on the 1.4G. I found a camera store yesterday that had a few 85 1.8's in stock and got to try one against my 85 1.4D on a D700. I decided I am going to sell my D model and pick up the 1.8. At full magnification on the rear display, the 1.8 was sharper from corner to corner with better edge contrast because of difference in CA. The 1.8 seems to be the bargain of line up, even a better performance cost ratio than the 35 or 50mm 1.8Gs that have become so popular as optically excellent bargains. With the new 28 added to the 35, 50 and 85 1.8G line up of modern optics, Nikon has really beefed up its standings in the quality for reasonable price as industry leader. Try it out, get it if you are as impressed with it as much as I was. Stan St Petersburg Russia
That is what I have been seeing on the internet... that owners of the 1.8 was very impressed with the sharpness of the lens and that in reviews the 1.8 came so close to the 1.4 in quality of the photo that it made no sense to spend an extra $1200.
I will definitely go do a few test shots of the 1.8 on my D800 once my local store get one in stock.
Well Got my 85mm 1.8g, my, my what a fine lens. I can not believe how sharp it is. Used to shoot a 50 on my D7K and loved the focal length. So I figured a good 85 would be about the same on a FF. My, my, my this thing is good. Talked to my sales person Friday and picked it up today. I love my local dealer. Epperson Photo in OKC.
I have been reading more about the 1.8G, I seen a couple of reviews where they said that they would not recommend the 1.8G to event photographers because the AF is too slow..... so now I dont know anymore what to get.
Thu 03-May-12 08:56 AM | edited Thu 03-May-12 08:58 AM by mikesrc
>I have been reading more about the 1.8G, I seen a couple of >reviews where they said that they would not recommend the 1.8G >to event photographers because the AF is too slow..... so now >I dont know anymore what to get.
>My local dealer has not had one single one in stock since it >was released. Harder to find than the D800 ...lol
Called my dealer last Friday, picked it up yesterday. I have NO PROBLEM getting Nikon stuff from my local dealer of course I live in Oklahoma City were stuff is easy to Find. It's called Epperson Photo 405 943-1047.
>>I have been reading more about the 1.8G, I seen a couple >of >>reviews where they said that they would not recommend the >1.8G >>to event photographers because the AF is too slow..... so >now >>I dont know anymore what to get. > >BS!! This lens focus as fast as any I own. >
How fast is the auto focus in low light ? The reason they said its not recommended for event photographers is because apparently in low light like a church or reception hall it does not focus fast enough ....... in day light it focus fine they said
FWIW I have used the 85mm 1.8D to shoot sports in low light and it did just fine. I do not know about the G version but I do remember reading somewhere that it was slower than the older D version focusing.
Marc There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.-Ansel Adams
The reviews I read they recommend the 1.8D over the 1.8G for event photographers, but I am pretty sure the camera they did the testing on was not a D800, but I did read a couple of reviews where they said the 1.8G on the D800 was as good as the 1.4G
My main concern is that they say you get what you pay for .... so a $500 lens vs a $1400 lens, there has got to be a major difference to be able to ask almost 3x as much money for the 1.4G.
I would love to save money and just buy the 1.8G but I am very worried I would regret it when I am at a reception hall and having AF issues, even with a D800 attached to it.
Anybody used the D800 and 1.8G in low lit situations yet ??