Nikon 85mm f/1.4 Portrait Test

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Nikon 85mm f/1.4, known to be one of the best portrait lens by Nikon. This lens has a nine bladed diaphragm which is capable of producing some stunning bokeh. I took a few shots at f/1.4 – f/2.

I had no problem with the lens, it autofocus pretty fast, however the focus was abit slow to respond when I was shooting into the sun., but this is normal. The weight of the lens didn’t seem to bother me, unlike the 70-200mm f/2.8 which I need to take a break every 15mins

The lens lives up to its critiques with exceptional sharpness and amazing bokeh. Check out the images below.

85mm @ f/2

This was shot during sunset. The flare and the colour of the light make the image more dramatic.

85mm @ f/2

I love shooting with flare. This was shot directly in front of the sun, the flare is well controlled.

85mm @ f/1.4

Cropped from image above. The 9 bladed diaphragm gives a superb circular bokeh. The image looks sharp even at f/1.4

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Kent is a professional wedding and portrait photographer based in Wellington, New Zealand. He and his team specialise in modern and contemporary weddings. Kent has his work published in international magazines and is a regular author to a number of photographic publication. He is fascinated by photographic equipment and enjoys showcasing the gear used in creating his images. You can find him on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Google+
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avatar Maria at Lone Star Lens says:

Beautiful. I am considering buying the 85mm f/1.4.

avatar Kent's Photography Blog says:

Thanks,
I wouldn’t say they are lessons, but just something to share with other people.
The D70 can produce stunning images too 😀

avatar On-off says:

great blog !
thanks for the photography’s lessons;
i’ve just my “old” D70 😉

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