Nikon 85mm 1.8D or 50mm 1.4?

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  1. Defy

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    Ok so here's the deal. I wasn't going to buy the 28-70mm 2.8 AFS but i think i can get a great deal on one so i might pick it up. That means i will have my 35-70mm 2.8 left over to sell or trade. I was thinking about picking up a Nikon 85mm 1.8D to give me nice prime but i also thought about the newer 50mm 1.4. Which one should i get? Is the 50mm 1.4 that much better than my 50mm 1.8? Lastly anyone want to trade a 85mm 1.8 =) maybe the 85mm 1.4 with cash from me?
     
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    I am of the mind that I do NOT settle for #2 in lens choices. The 85mm F/1.8 is #2 compared to the 85mm F/1.4 cream machine. The Nikon 50mm is a nice range, especially on a DX sensor (better on a FX, though... lol) and it is #2 on the list as well... compared to the Sigma 50mm F/1.4, which is about $20 less *and* better bokeh *and* slightly better sharpness and colour contrast.

    Given the choice, I would say go for the 50mm F/1.4, but not the Nikkor one... go for the Sigma. If you do your research, you will see why. This is also going to be my next lens purchase in a couple of weeks (the sigma 50mm F/1.4).

    BTW, I gave my dad the Nikon 50mm F/1.8. He can use it on his F2a... the Sigma kicks major butt over the 50mm F/1.8 "toy" in direct comparison. :D
     
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    Nikkor 1.4/ or the sigma that jerryPH is speaking on.
     
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    I have to disagree, the Sigma I had was not sharp. It's very possible that you could get a sharp copy but saying 'Sigma is sharper than Nikon' just isn't true - at least in my case and I'm sure others as well.

    I realize I could have had a bad copy, but that's one of Sigma's downfalls... hit and miss.

    For what it's worth, before I returned it I took it to a pro photographer friend of mine who had a D300 to test it on... same result, and he tried about everything.
     
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    The Sigma is sharper on everything I've seen. I just got mine and it is very sharp. Unless you did some controlled tests, I wouldn't rule out user error/missed focus because at f1.4....that's very easy to do (may not be the case, but might be too).

    I picked up the Sigma 50mm f1.4 and basically look at it as a 85mm f1.4 since it's basically the same focal length as the 85mm f1.4 on FX. I'd argue that it's a sharp with as good of bokeh as the 85 too.
     
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    Well, I've received my Sigma 50mm 1.4, and it is nothing short of impressive. Straight out of the box, with the D700's AF fine tune set to zero, here are the results:

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    I am *so* loving it... its going to be the first lens I use at tomorrow's wedding (and of course my 85 F/1.4 is coming too... lol).
     
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    to the OP, depends on your budget and needs - frankly 2 very different lenses. . .the 85 on the D300 is a moderate telephoto and a tight portrait at best . . the 50 1.4 is a great portrait on the D300, hardly a "normal" prime. . .

    I have the 35 1.8 and 50 1.4 as my prime's. . .and have debated between the 85 1.4 or 105 f/2 - like Jerry said, might as well spend the $$ on either of those cream machines if your intent is butta butta bokeh :sexywink:
     
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    Both?

    ...Haven't used the Nikon versions, but I have both of the Canon's. They are both awesome.
     
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    I have the Nikon and love it.I tried the 1.4 but the DOF is way to shallow and needs to eb stopped to at least f/5 for me to use. I like the 1.8 at f/2.5(I think) personally.
    I have used the sigma on a a friends d700 and I thought it looked good. Though I have not thourogly used it I think it would be a good option. It is much bigger than the comparable lenses.
     

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