The Nikkor AF-S 85mm f/1.8G – I’m Impressed!

It’s been a while since my last post‚Ķwell, let’s catch up! ūüėÄ

¬†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‚Ķit’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¬†ūüôā

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