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Nikon 16-35/4 VR and 17-35/2.8 (not to scale)  
Nikon 85mm f/1.4G


I generally have little oppportunity to shoot portraits, but one example shows a lot.

The results are lovely, I’d have no hesitation going straight to the 85/1.4G for portraits, especially since autofocus helps me focus perfectly on the eye.

Portrait 1

Wide open at f/1.4, sharpness is outstanding. The finest details in the eyes and even the very finest hairs along the nose are rendered clearly, and without the veiling haze of a classic portrait lens.

There is some magenta/green color bokeh on the hairband, but it’s well controlled.

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