Nikon AF 85mm f/1.4D IF

It’s long BEEN re­garded as one of the world’s best por­trait lenses Re­leased: 1995 Price new: £1150/$1550 Price used: £600/$800

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For beau­ti­ful bokeh, this lens is a real stun­ner. Not only does the com­bi­na­tion of the 85mm fo­cal length and wide f/1.4 aper­ture give a tight depth of field, the silky-smooth­ness of de­fo­cused ar­eas is fab­u­lous, and the tran­si­tion be­tween fo­cused and de­fo­cused ar­eas looks won­der­fully nat­u­ral, mak­ing it a per­fect op­tion for por­trai­ture.

Cen­tre sharp­ness and con­trast are ex­em­plary, even wide open at f/1.4. Sharp­ness at the ex­treme bor­ders of im­ages is lack­ing at wide aper­tures, but that’s not gen­er­ally a prob­lem in por­traits.

Un­like with more re­cent AF-S lenses, there’s no in­ter­nal fo­cus mo­tor, so the lens re­lies on the AF mo­tor built into top-end DX cam­eras and all FX cam­eras to drive fo­cus­ing. Aut­o­fo­cus speed is fast and ac­cu­racy is im­pres­sive and re­li­able. This is a great sec­ond­hand buy, and much less ex­pen­sive than Nikon’s newer G-se­ries ver­sion, which will set you back around £1350/$1600.

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