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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 equals 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... and contributes to subject isolation. The 1.8g is the better all around lens, the 1.4d is a magical portrait lens with great skin tones, the 1.8g exposes every pore of your subject...

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