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supermario343
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p.1 #1 · If you have the choice...


Having around $2k to spend on a prime....would you buy the 24/35/85mm 1.4G? I currently have a D7000, Nikon 16-35mm f/4, Nikon 50mm 1.8G, and Tamron 90mm 2.8 macro. I will be upgrading to FX next year in case anyone was wondering why im getting a 1.4 prime. Any opinions thoughts would be helpful


Dec 24, 2011 at 03:18 AM
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p.1 #2 · If you have the choice...


What do you shoot, subject-wise?



Dec 24, 2011 at 03:37 AM
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p.1 #3 · If you have the choice...


I would get 24/1.4. Well invested money for ether DX of FX.
Future is looking friendly so no worries so far....



Dec 24, 2011 at 03:38 AM
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p.1 #4 · If you have the choice...


I shoot just about anything....landscape, portraits, street


Dec 24, 2011 at 03:46 AM
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p.1 #5 · If you have the choice...


Avi B wrote:
What do you shoot, subject-wise?

+1

A lens is a tool. If you went to a woodworking forum and said "what tool should I buy?" how would anyone be able to answer without knowing what you intend to make?

Edit : looks like I can't type fast enough on this blasted iPad, since you answered the question while I was responding. Sounds like an 85mm might be useful to you.



Dec 24, 2011 at 03:47 AM
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p.1 #6 · If you have the choice...


Nah I'd buy a 300mm f2.8 af-i.

But an 85mm sounds like it fits what you want more.



Dec 24, 2011 at 03:52 AM
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p.1 #7 · If you have the choice...


supermario343 wrote:
I shoot just about anything....landscape, portraits, street


OK, so what photos would be easier to make with one of the lenses you mention - and which photos wouldn't see much benefit? When I buy lenses, it's generally to plug a hole in my lineup, to help fix a photographic problem.

For example, if I'm shooting landscapes and don't have a nice wide angle, that 24 would be tempting (although I'd go Zeiss 25 first for that use ). If you like doing low light or getting those magical wide-open portraits, then the 85 has a good reputation for those kind of shots.



Dec 24, 2011 at 03:56 AM
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You already have the 16-35/4 so I'd skip the 24/1.4 unless you're looking for in-your-face street or portraits. Ditto the 35/1.4. This leaves the 85/1.4.

Tho on FX, I personally would go with 35/85 1.4 combo. Actually I find on film that these FL's cover most of my shooting.



Dec 24, 2011 at 04:05 AM
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p.1 #9 · If you have the choice...


Yeah I was leaning mostly towards the 85mm 1.4G. I had a Rokinon 35mm 1.4, loved it but I need the AFS. I also had the Sigma 85mm and sold it. Ive always wanted the 85mm G though. Too bad its back ordered like everywhere though. Thats the problem


Dec 24, 2011 at 04:27 AM
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p.1 #10 · If you have the choice...


I have the Rokinon 85mm but I am struggling with the MF. This coming from someone who "grew up" with a Nikon FM and AIS glass.

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p.1 #11 · If you have the choice...


I would buy a Sigma 85/1.4, but what does that say for you?


Dec 24, 2011 at 05:48 AM
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I too am a D7000 owner and have both the 24 f1.4 and 85 f1.4. I also have the 14-14 f2.8 so if I had to let one of the primes go it would defo be the 24 f1.4. You have a pin sharp wide angle already so I would go with the 85 first and then think about the 24 for a future purchase.

Both are incredible but I would miss the 85 more as that bokeh is just astonishing and yummy. I often just go for a walk with the D7000 and 85 and do street candid stuff. Having this short (as in physical lens dimensions) prime lens on a crop body makes for an excellent unobtrusive and discreet portrait lens.

You wont be disappointed if you buy the 85.



Dec 24, 2011 at 08:07 AM
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p.1 #13 · If you have the choice...


supermario343 wrote:
I also had the Sigma 85mm and sold it. Ive always wanted the 85mm G though.


Why did you sell the Sigma?

Max



Dec 24, 2011 at 08:51 AM
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p.1 #14 · If you have the choice...


Considering your budget and existent kit I'll spend the money buying a Sigma 85/1.4 and a Nikon 180/2.8. Both are performing great on D7000 and on D700. Another option is to go for two Nikkors... 135/2 DC and 180/2.8...


Dec 24, 2011 at 10:53 AM
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p.1 #15 · If you have the choice...


jeterfan3 wrote:
Why did you sell the Sigma?

Max


I like Nikon lenses too much



Dec 24, 2011 at 02:21 PM
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p.1 #16 · If you have the choice...


I've made a few lens purchases lately, and I picked up the 70-200 VRII before the 85 G. It's 90% of the portrait lens, but 1000x as flexible for most other purposes.

I have both now though, so I'm a happy camper :-)

C



Dec 24, 2011 at 02:55 PM
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p.1 #17 · If you have the choice...


85 PC-E


Dec 24, 2011 at 03:07 PM
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p.1 #18 · If you have the choice...


Well I just ended up ordering the 85mm 1.4G. Im happy with the purchase, now I gotta wait till it gets here


Dec 24, 2011 at 03:22 PM
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p.1 #19 · If you have the choice...


You've already got the Tamron 90/2.8. So I don't see the value of the expensive Nikon 85/1.4 for two stops more light.

I was going to say that you should investigate the Samyang series, but I see that you have. I love their lenses, owning the 85/1.4, 35/1.4 and the 14/2.8 -- all for well under $1000. They are also supposed to come out soon with a 24/1.4, and I'll be in line for that.

I also like the Zeiss idea. But you prefer AF, and I can understand that.

In your position, I'd look for another versatile zoom lens, like the 24-70/2.8, or maybe the 24/120/4 (although the 24-70 gets mostly better reviews). Then maybe you would think about filling in with one of those fast Samyang?

I'm sure you'll have fun deciding!

galenapass -- I haven't had any trouble focusing my Samyang 85/1.4 on FF or APS-H body's OVF. Crop sensor OVF are very tough for me, using MF lenses.




Dec 24, 2011 at 05:11 PM
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p.1 #20 · If you have the choice...


I've had all three and the 85G is my favorite.


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