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Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8G AF-S DX

Review Date: Jun 20, 2016 Recommend? | Price paid: $625.00

Pros: Sharpness/Convent compared to carrying multiple primes- fast AF
weight/hood size

When people speak negatively of the weight on a long trek, I agree.Since putting a vertical/battery grip on my camera, the added leverage has made the 17-55 much easier to deal with/ balance than prior using. Lens is sharp be f4.
Peak sharpness seems to fall in the 5.6 -7.1 range

Nikon 85mm f/1.4D IF AF Nikkor

Review Date: Feb 25, 2016 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $560.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Bokeh
noise of a screwdriver lens - lower contrast & color

This is a lens who's day has past...
The Nikon 1.4D is a very nice lens but the amount of critical focus misses is unacceptable, when it hits critical focus it is sublime.
To me both the g lens do a superior job of focus, accuracy (especially in low light) & color richness
The 1.4g lens does everything in a superior way compared to this lens, with 1.8g is the king of sharpness but lacks build quality, warmth, & the subtleties of the 1.4g... also being developed for film the 1.4d tends to show noise (even at low ISO) when the prints are enlarged. I've owned several different copies of each lens 1.4d, 1.8g & the 1.4g

Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S Nikkor

Review Date: Feb 25, 2016 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 


Now owning a 85 1.4G and prior owning the 1.8G & 1.4D I'm a covert. The 1.4G is a superior lens in all ways, it has skin tones the 1.8g will never have... Jay968 says it all very eloquently...Viewing at 100%, this lens is tack sharp by 2.2

Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8G AF-S DX

Review Date: Jan 14, 2016 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $575.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: speed. sharpness, combined with build quality

The best lens I have for my D7100, color & contrast are the best!

Zeiss 35mm f/2 Distagon T*

Review Date: Sep 13, 2015 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $550.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: unique color rendition
weight, balance on camera, cost, Weight makes your camera "nose heavy"

Having had the Zeiss 35/2 ZF, I have to say I find my Nikon 35 1.4 AIS to be a much more versatile lens, and at 2.8 and above matches performance with the Zeiss, but the Nikon shows much more "character" At first Zeiss lens show a color rendition & contrast that I was not used to seeing, thus depicting different as better. After a while that wears off and you see the Zeiss as "different" but not necessarily better.
As for the 3D effect, I can get that look from several focal lengths of older, vintage MF Nikon lens.
The Zeiss 35/2 is great lens but their our other 35mm lens out there that are great lens, and in most cases cost less...

Nikon 50mm f/1.4D AF Nikkor

Review Date: Jul 31, 2015 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $232.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Smooth skin tones, never misses focus with AF on, small light weight Everyone thinks it's a plastic lens when it's a plastic coated steel barreled lens, great price

I own both a 85 1.4 AF-D and the 85 1.8 D and the 1.8 is not far behind the 1.4 and is easier to focus, it's size makes it much easier to store and carry than the 1.4 and makes it a great "everyday lens"
A all around great lens, good bokeh at 1.8, very sharp stopped down the 2.2, the 1.4 is not worth the elevated price over this lens