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Nikon MF85mm f1.4 AIS vs AF85mm f1.8D

by Jim on May 20th, 2011

AF85mm f1.8D

• Both wide open the f1.8D lens looks better. I know this would not be true if I was comparing it to the 85 f1.4D lens, but compared to the AIS lens the center sharpness is actually better.
• Stopping the D lens down to f2.0 adds a bit of the WOW to the photograph, and the two lenses are basically equal even when viewed at 100% crop.
• At f2.8 the two are very close again, but the AIS lens has just a touch more contrast and detail. I think the AIS version is actually best shot at f2.8.

Garden flower left pedal, mid frame

AF85mm f1.8 @ f1.8

MF85mm f1.4 @ f1.4

AF85mm f1.8 @ f2.0

MF85mm f1.4 @ f2.0

AF85mm f1.8 @ f2.8

MF85mm f1.4 @ f2.8

Nikon AF 85mm f1.8D

MF 85mm f1.4 AIS

Alternate background bokeh at f2.8

AF85mm edge sharpness @ f1.8

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