Nikon Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 AI-s

This is one of Nikon's GREAT lenses. (see post below) It's one you have to have if you're going to shoot video on a DSLR or on one of the new video camcorders by Sony, Panasonic or Canon, that accept interchangeable lenses.

NEX-7 85mm f/1.4 Nikon
On an NEX-7 with a Nikon to NEX adapter

Nikon 85mm f/1.4 on NEX-7
Silky smooth bokeh - soft creamy background
This Nikkor lens is fast and sharp. As mentioned in another post, it's a large monster piece of glass.

The Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 AI-s was designed as a professional lens for use on Nikon FX 35mm cameras.

I've used this lens on Nikon DX DSLRs and on mirror-less cameras like the NEX-5 and NEX-7. For cameras with a 1.5x multiplier, the field of view of this 85mm lens is equivalent to 127.5mm.

It's seems big when mounted on an NEX, but it doesn't feel too awkward.

This big bright glass will make backgrounds creamy soft. Wide open this lens gives you a truly narrow depth of field that seems paper thin.

Focusing at f/1.4 can be tricky. When shooting stills with the extremely narrow DOF that can be achieved wide open, it can be difficult to focus without the stability of a tripod.

Imagine hand holding the camera while at the shortest focusing distance and moving forward and backward to focus on a flower's anther.

Still, this is one of my favorite portrait lenses. Sharp and fast, what else would you want?

1 comment:

Matthew Durr said...

Hey Thomas, are you still using this lens on your NEX-7? I recently found a cheap copy on eBay I'm looking forward to testing out--but also got it for when the NEX-9 comes out. ;)