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leighton w wrote:
With Ram's acquisition of the 105 f1.8 (congrats BTW Ram) and Curtis' beaming report on it, a question comes to mind.
For those you have used both, which do you prefer, the 85mm f1.4 or the 105 f1.8? There's not a lot of difference in FL, so consider the IQ when deciding.
Funny thing is I use the 105 considerably more than the 85 but that has everything to do with focal length, not lens performance. IQ is amazing with the 85 f/1.4. It will be in my camera bag when I attend my friend's book launch. But I won't be shooting wide open with either lens. I will shoot wide open with the 135 f/2 but I'll be at some distance and the focal plane will be wide enough for that to work well.
The 85 f/1.4 AI-s is really a magic lens. Color, contrast, sharpness, sumptuous bokeh... it has it all. Since we always like seeing lovely women, here's a shot I took last Thanksgiving with this lens at f/2. I was across the room so this is cropped...
The 105 f/1.8 AI-s is a great performer as well. Here's another shot reprised, this at f/2.8.
Of course, we have a few options at this focal length and the f/2.5 lenses are hardly chopped liver. I love using them as well, but the heft of the f/1.8 feels good on the camera. And this is what happens when you shoot with it wide open... Clearly, the f/2.5 lenses can't do that...