The Nikon 85mm f/1.4G shows outstanding image quality with a superbly flat field (almost no field curvature), ultra low distortion and well controlled vignetting. For more on those topics, see Making Sharp Images.
Its color rendition is outstanding, sharpness and contrast even wide open are amazing, and the AF-S focusing is a vast improvement over the screw-drive focus of the older 85/1.4D.
There is no doubt that this is one of Nikon’s best lenses, and anyone suggesting that it’s just an overpriced rehash of the 85mm f/1.4D is abjectly clueless . I am thrilled with what I am seeing with the 85/1.4G, though perhaps weaknesses could reveal themselves with further shooting (no lens is perfect).
The 85/1.4G is a no-brainer; it’s super easy to shoot, and has so many positive qualities and so few limitations that it’s a stunner. I purchased the review sample shortly after my first batch of images popped up on the screen—goodies like this don’t come along every day.
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