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.
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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