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| p.91 #9 · What is your most recent (alt) lens purchase? |
Just picked up a Nikkor 85/3.5 DX VR Micro.
As a Nikon DX shooter, I'm interested to hear your opinions on this micro lens: I'm weighing it against the 40.
Quick pass is:
Nice handling, focus throw is a little short but usable in MF. Very nice colour, quite sharp close in, good enough at a distance. It's not the best for infinity work though, it's definitely losing IQ as compared to macro and near-macro ranges. But I only want it for macro to portrait range work, I'll use my 100/2.8 E or my Sony 85/2.8 for longer distance work.
I didn't even look at the 40, it's just too short on working distance for macro and near macro work, you have only about 3cm of clearance between the front of the lens and the subject at 1:1, the 85 gives you more than 10cm, which is the minimum I'm comfortable.