Prime run­ners-up

NPhoto - - Test Team -

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM A

What’s good: Ex­cel­lent build and im­age qual­ity, and it’s great value for money.

What’s bad: Like other Sigma lenses, it lacks any weather seals.

Our ver­dict: Great for us­ing as a wide-an­gle on a full-frame cam­era, or as a ‘stan­dard’ lens on a DX one.

Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.4G

What’s good: Top-notch pro­fes­sional build, sharp but with beau­ti­ful bokeh.

What’s bad: Much more ex­pen­sive than the com­pet­ing Sigma 85mm f/1.4.

Our ver­dict: It’s a cracking por­trait lens, but the com­pet­ing Sigma is nearly as good for half the price.

Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.4G

What’s good: Good sharp­ness if you nar­row the aper­ture a lit­tle, nice bokeh.

What’s bad: Not very sharp at f/1.4, de­fo­cused lights can have com­plex shapes.

Our ver­dict: It’s com­pact, light­weight and also very good value for money.

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