Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Have been rather busy with work lately but managed to try out a little bit more of the lens. Found out that focus has to be accurate, and if you have any front or back focus issues on your camera, the images will show very readily. The shallow depth of field from f2.8 and less onwards requires me to use the corresponding AF points rather than centre AF point only as I used to do the last time. Have heard about the harsh bokeh of the Nikon 85mm f1.8 in mixed reviews via the internet but my shots so far have bokeh that is very pleasant, at least at f2.8 aperture. When I have the chance, I would try it out on pictures with more background highlights to determine if it really has harsh bokeh as reviewed by some. But up till now, I have no complaints with this lens whatsoever.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Recently I aquired the Nikon 85mm F1.8 AF-D and I am loving it! It has a decent price and compact construction, and although the 85mm focal length on a 1.5 crop factor DSLR is a little bit too long for full body portraits, it is still manageable. For outdoor location portraiture, the focal length is still able to capture parts of the scenery in relation to the subject. I found it very sharp and contrasty from F2.8 onwards, with quite decent performances wide open. Here is a sample of a recent picture from my newly purchased lens. Watch out for my next posts for more samples. Cheers!