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| p.1 #4 · Nikon Primes - dedicated question 2 of 3 - 85mm |
I have the Sigma 85/1.4, and it's fantastic. I couldn't justify the price tag on the Nikon 85/1.4 over the Sigma's.
With 1.4 vs 1.8, you're getting that extra thin DOF, a little more room to open up, and the difference in bokeh is certainly there. Now, whether that difference justifies the price jump is very personal. For me, the Sigma was great. It performs better than the Nikon 1.8, and cheaper than the Nikon 1.4, and the results are not really that different.
Some people can tell a difference between the Sigma 1.4 and the Nikon 1.4 in a side by side comparison of the same image. However, I don't think anyone would be able to ID a picture in a line-up of different images and tell which is shot with the Nikon/Sigma. The only advantage to Nikon is the weather sealing which Sigma lacks. But for my uses, it doesn't matter as I wouldn't be using the 85/1.4 out in the rain anyways.
Nikon 85/1.4 - $1700
Sigma 85/1.4 - $970
Nikon 85/1.8 - $500
To me, the Nikon is certainly NOT $730 better than the Sigma, and most DEFINITELY not $1200 better than the 1.8.