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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: Most all
for some the noise of a screwdriver lens - Price rating is for a used lens

In MTF charts the 85 1.4D center sharpness meets or beats the 1.8G in all f stops, The only places the 1.8G beats the 1.4D is border sharpness.... that lack of corner sharpness IMHO is what gives the 1.4D it's unique bokeh...

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...

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