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| p.2 #15 · Lenses, Canon vs Nikon... |
Dawei Ye wrote:
wow I am a massive gearhead but even I'm getting a headache reading this thread...
However, before I buy, I try to do a lot of information gathering first.
I'm sure you did a heap of research and forum posting prior to buying the 85L and 85 f/1.8G, yet you're now dissatisfied with the latter, which suggests that regardless of whether people give glowing reviews of the f/1.4 to you or not, there is still a risk that the satisfaction of others may not match yours
It's not unusual that two lenses of the same focal length do not have the same bokeh at identical apertures - issues of lens design, spherical aberration correction, aperture diaphragm construction etc. all affect it
That a cheap 85 f/1.8 lens does not have as nice bokeh as a 85 f/1.2L at identical apertures is no surprise.
Will a 85 f/1.4 be better? without objective tests being performed between it and the 85L in a controlled environment that is applicable for you - it's tough to say
In fact, I did some research but I had no idea that I would really dislike the bokeh so much...because before I bought a Nikon I didn't ever have really bokeh I didn't like (outside Canon EF 50 f/1.4, which was too ugly, and Sigma 50 f/1.4, which was too smooth). So when I got the 85 f/1.8g, I bought the only lens I could afford that was a focal length I use often (35/85). I didn't expect to dislike the bokeh because I didn't research the bokeh beforehand to realize that 85mm lenses could have such a significant difference and I might actually dislike one...
And just for reference, at about f/2.2 the Nikon 85 f/1.8g bokeh looks about as good as the 85L at f/2.2, roughly, approximately...at least as far as highlight size and shape are concerned.
I am holding off on any new purchases right now because I am thinking about going back to Canon exclusively...however, I'm still very un-satisfied with the sensor flexibility and low ISO dynamic range due to the shadow noise. If they could correct that completely, then I would probably go back to Canon to stay...for a while. However, that will at least be 3 years down the road and possibly much more.