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Nikon 16-35mm f/4G ED VR AF-S Nikkor

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Review Date: Apr 23, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Excellent sharpness, excellent micro-contrast, capable of incredible detail, one of the best W.A> lenses made
Cons:
Won't stop action in low light, extreme corners a bit soft, lots of geometric distortion at 16mm

My old wide angle setup was a D300 with the Nikkor 12-24. Going from that to this lens with my D800 is like a revelation. Stopped down to f8 or so, landscapes printed at 17x22 have seemingly microscopic detail right across the frame. This lens has such incredible micro-contrast that I sometimes use a bit of negative clarity in Lightroom just to make images look a little less "hyper-realistic".

This lens delivers a knockout punch- absolute pro quality images. You can get slightly better performance in the corners, and go wider, with the 14-24- IF you feel like lugging around all that weight. Even so, in landscape shooting situations this lens will provide more than enough sharpness. With my D800, all I have to do is frame the shot, shoot the lowest ISO I can, and stop down to f/8 or 9, and the results always amaze me.

There is lots of geometric distortion at 16mm, but Lightroom lens profiles automatically remove it for me, so I could care less. Of course photoshop can do this too.

I highly recommend this lens. I think it has not quite gotten the attention it deserves yet, but it will soon.


 
Nikon 85mm f/1.4D IF AF Nikkor

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Review Date: Apr 23, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,300.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Incredible sharpness, excellent AF accuracy, near-perfect bokeh, lenses do not get much better than this.
Cons:
Longitudinal CA wide-open, not as well-built as the AF-D, sharpness can be a bit much for portraits

Nikkor AF-S 85mm f/1.4 G review:

I'm posting here because there is no other place to do it.

I love this lens. I tried the AF-D first, but found the focus to be just good, not great (even after AF fine-tuning). Also, there was the focus noise issue.

Everybody knows that this lens is one of Nikon's best for bokeh, probably second only to the 200mm f/2. The creamy backgrounds are unbelievable.

Another great feature of this lens is it's razor sharpness (yes, even more so with the new version). It the the sharpest Nikkor I have shot, besides the 300mm f/2.8 AF-S, which is saying a lot. On a tripod with a D800, you will see *everything* with this lens. When used for portraits, this lens will require lots of post processing on the skin, unless you subject is a baby.

This is one of those lenses that makes magic, but at a huge price.

Good news for those who can't afford this lens: The 85mm f/1.8 AF-S is about 90% as good, lacking only a little bit in smoothness of bokeh.