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Nikon 85mm f/1.4G


This is a large and heavy lens; I weighed it on a gram-accurate scale with hood and caps at 666 grams.

Comparing old and new weights with front/rear caps, but without the lens hood:
85/1.4G: 580g
85/1.4D: 621g

The 85/1.4G looks and feels like a quality lens, though it can’t touch the metal build and engraving of the Zeiss line for Canon and Nikon. Still, this is as high a build quality as Nikon offers, and I do prefer a plastic lens hood for cold weather, and the front lens cap is the best out there today.

The rear element has little recessing, so exercise care when handling with the rear cap off. The front element is very large and has some recessing, but not all that much. Use a filter when working in any situation where it could be nicked, and keep the lens shade mounted.

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