If you could have the nikkor 50mm f1.4 or the 85 f1.8 ....
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packerfan1357
Registered: Jul 17, 2012
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Both are about the same price what would you go for....For portraits or live action like kids playing in yard....



MDoc9523
Registered: Aug 13, 2006
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On the D700 I would get the 85mm 1.8



Mark Price
Registered: Dec 08, 2006
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I'd save my $$$ until I could buy the 85 1.4D.



chefboyarlee
Registered: Apr 20, 2007
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Definitely 85 1.8. No question. Only sold it for the Nikon 85 1.4 which is better for my purposes but the 1.8 is a fantastic value.



EltonTeng
Registered: Mar 21, 2005
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Assuming on your D700? How big is that back yard?

The 24-70 you were looking to buy should be excellent for such purpose.



DontShoot
Registered: Jun 15, 2009
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Get the Sigma 50 1.4 for fast AF and fantastic bokeh. The kids will be old by the time the Nikon 50 1.4G catches up to them.



VinnieJ
Registered: Aug 06, 2010
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I would get the 85/1.8G and if you decide later you want a 50 as well then save some money and get the cheaper 50/1.8G.



m1mgd00
Registered: Aug 05, 2010
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Well, portraits and kids running around in the yard are pretty different subjects!

Little kids run all over the place, and they are more likely to want you to be involved in their game(s). In that case, a wider angle of view would be preferable--a 50 may be OK but a 35 or 28 would (IMO) be better (and the 35 f/2 is a good, cheap option). An even better option, as one poster suggested above, is a zoom (but not the 24-70 behemoth; this is where my old, lightweight Tamron 28-75 really shines). If you have the $$$, the Nikon 35 f/1.4 G is a corker of a lens for little kids' portraits (whole body, not head-and-shoulder; for our most recent additions to the family, I'd practically need a macro lens for those! ).

Bigger kids are less likely to want you to play with them, in which case you'll be shooting from a distance. The 85mm may be too short a lens for this; again, I'd suggest zooms like the 80-200 f/2.8 (cheap and plentiful on the used market). The 80-200 can also serve as a portrait lens, head-only or head-and-shoulders.



Danner
Registered: Nov 19, 2012
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DontShoot wrote:
Get the Sigma 50 1.4 for fast AF and fantastic bokeh. The kids will be old by the time the Nikon 50 1.4G catches up to them.


The shilling for Sigma gets old.

Just saying...



Dustin Gent
Registered: Apr 04, 2005
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Well this is a tough question. 85mm is great FL for portraits, no question. Now this is coming from someone who has had a 17mm lens for the last few years as my ONLY lens. I am getting into other aspects of photography, so other focal length lenses will be bought soon enough.

I think 50mm is a great "all around" FL on full frame. I would even say 35mm would be great as well. You could get the 85mm 1.8G and the 50mm 1.8G for around $600 and see what you like. Do you NEED 1.4?



Jammy Straub
Registered: Jan 28, 2007
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That would depend entirely on what other lenses I had

According to your profile you have a D700, 24-70 and 70-200...

I'd skip the new lens unless I saw a definite need and use the 70-200. Though that's just me being practical.



DontShoot
Registered: Jun 15, 2009
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Danner wrote:

The shilling for Sigma gets old.

Just saying...



If that's the case then I'd recommend the Sigma 35 1.4



mike-in-ak
Registered: Jan 09, 2013
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I use the 50mm /1.4 AF-D and 85mm /1.4 AF-D on my D700. Along with a great many AI, AI'd, AIS, and one lonely AFS D.



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
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Well...since you already have two great lenses that will do what you want already. I'd go for the 50 f1.4 so you'll have something for low light indoors. Better yet, I'd forget the 50 and 80, and get the new Sigma 35mm f1.4.



ADCOLE
Registered: Nov 27, 2011
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Jammy Straub wrote:
That would depend entirely on what other lenses I had

According to your profile you have a D700, 24-70 and 70-200...

I'd skip the new lens unless I saw a definite need and use the 70-200. Though that's just me being practical.


+1



williamkazak
Registered: Jun 08, 2006
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VinnieJ wrote:
I would get the 85/1.8G and if you decide later you want a 50 as well then save some money and get the cheaper 50/1.8G.

+1. That is what I did.



Vox Sciurorum
Registered: Nov 07, 2012
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I recently said in another thread, if you're asking whether you should buy an f/1.4 lens you probably shouldn't. I have an 85mm f/1.4D but in hindsight that was a poor choice. I never shot it wide open enough to justify buying it instead of the 1.8D. If I had to buy an 85mm lens now I would get the 1.8G.

My 50mm lens is the f/1.8D. I like having a small, fast lens instead of a much bigger, slightly faster lens.

There are people who make effective use of the f/1.4 versions. My point is, if you're uncertain about which to buy you probably aren't one of them.



Gregg Heckler
Registered: Aug 07, 2005
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"The shilling for Sigma gets old.

Just saying..."

Ha +1. Sigma must have some auto-response thing to every Nikon 50 and 85 1.4 post here and at Nikonians.

To the OP, as others have said, I think you'd like the 85G 1.8 best for the application. If it doesn't work for you, you can sell it in a heart beat and get the 50. And, as others have said you already have a great kid lens, the 70-200VR. It doesn't get much better than that for candids and portraits.



lukeb
Registered: Nov 13, 2010
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mike-in-ak wrote:
I use the 50mm /1.4 AF-D and 85mm /1.4 AF-D on my D700. Along with a great many AI, AI'd, AIS, and one lonely AFS D.


+1