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Nikon 60mm f/2.8D AF Micro-Nikkor

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Review Date: Feb 21, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Very, very sharp, fast enough focus, good color, very small, inexpensive.
Cons:
Color not as vibrant as the Nikkor 85mm PC.

A great lens for short money. Very sharp. Nice focal length for portraits on DX sensors. Not the tank like build of higher end Nikkors, but good for the price. The color is good, but does not have the punch of the Nikkor 85mm PC, which will only do 1:2. The lens is small enough, and light enough to pretty much take anywhere. A nice compliment to any bag.


 
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L USM

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Review Date: Mar 14, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,200.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Unbelievably sharp wide open. Bokeh that is nothing short of amazing. Exceptional color and contrast.
Cons:
Expensive.

This is one impressive lens. Yes, it's huge. Yes, it weighs a ton. Yes looking down the barrel of this beast will weaken the knees of any gear head. Yes the manual focus is a bit weird and takes some getting used to. All that said, this thing is an absolute blast!

It is so sharp at 1.2 - it's just scary. Open it up a bit and dang. I haven't taken many shots at greater than 1.4 though, since it's such a blast wide open. The bokeh is nothing short of amazing.

I've never had an 85 1.8 so I can't really compare those two, but I have or have had a 20 1.8, 50 1.8, 50 1.4, 24-70L, 28-70L, 28-75, 100f2, 100 macro, 135L, 70-200 2.8 non-is and a host of long and zoom lens that aren't known for their image quality or bokeh so aren't worth mentioning. This lens produces better images than any of those.

If you do portraits and you shoot Canon, I can't imagine why you wouldn't have this lens. It's just that good.

-Tom