It’s been a while since my last post…well, let’s catch up! 😀
A couple months ago, i was thinking about getting a telephoto lens for portraiture use, and was torn between a 70/80-200 zoom and 85mm prime lens. Since my budget was rather limited, for now only one can be prioritised. After a ‘long and windy’ contemplative moment, i’ve finally decided to opt for the prime lens.
The decisive factors was quality, price & weight. The Nikkor AF-S 85mm f/1.8G seems to fit those criteria better than the zoom (albeit not as versatile). After searching to several camera stores, i found one with the cheapest price by quite a margin, and bought one that very same day.
To make sure that i’m not getting a lemon, i ran some test shots, and relieved that my copy is a good one. Now, I can confidently use this amazing lens for professional use. I’ve been shooting portraits, events, weddings & products with it, and so far the results had been stellar.
Long story short, i’m impressed with this lens!!! It’s very light (surprisingly lighter than my 18-70 kit lens) and extremely sharp, even wide open (holy cow!!). The built quality is kinda plasticky, but still good. And one thing that people love about this particular lens is the bokeh…it’s beautiful!! (even if i’m not a bokeh addict, i’m sure it will be useful when needed).
If i’m being picky about this lens, it’s the autofocus performance. While pretty quick and accurate, sometimes it stutters for no apparent reason, even in good light (while my other lens locked instantly). To remedy this issue, sometimes i had to switch into group AF mode. Not a serious issue since it will focus eventually, but a bit annoying if i’m in a hurry.
Overall, I love this lens!! It complements my 35mm f/2D as dual-prime kit nicely, and will stay with me for a long time. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a short telephoto portrait lens.
5/5 from me 🙂