Photos: Random 85mm 1.4 Tests


Technical Notes: Random tests of the Nikon 85mm f/1.4, first impressions are:  it’s not as versatile as the 105mm 2.8 VR Micro for portraits, definitely not as sharp wide open, and the minimum focus distance is limiting, but the bokeh is quite “painterly.”  DOF is so shallow at 1.4 that you can definitely “buzz” a person in random snapshots.  Photos for web use are fine, but large prints might bother some.  Blurring of the background can be better achieved with a longer telephoto like the 70-200 f/2.8, but obviously this lens shines with the out of focus elements.  A mundane scene like a gas station or traffic lights makes for some interesting backgrounds.

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