by Volker Weber

This was the first serious shot with the new lens. I shall be using it a lot from now on.


85mm is IMO one of the best fovcal distances, especially when combined with a good camera.

Michael Gollmick, 2006-05-21

What's your crop factor? 1.3 or 1.5? That means a detail of photograph like a 110mm or 128mm lens at a "miniature camera" (looked that one up, is it correct?). Almost too small for my taste.

Martin Hiegl, 2006-05-21

Compared to a 24x36mm film, the D70 sensor has a 1.5 crop factor. The 85mm lens "feels" like 128. Which is what I was looking for, since a 135mm tele was my favorite lens on the AE1 and A1 20 years ago.

A "long" telephoto lens is by no means universal. But you can make some pretty good people shots from a distance. I hardly ever need even longer lenses, otherwise I may have bought a 80-200mm 2.8 zoom.

Volker Weber, 2006-05-21

I really love the 85/1.8 because of its size and optical quality. It looks almost like a 50mm lens but performs a lot better. Now I'm testing the big gun, the 70-200, but I fear it is too big and too heavy for my daily use... Too bad it's such a nice lens.

Moritz Petersen, 2006-05-21

@Moritz: If you want a telezoom, why not have a look at the AF 80-200mm/2.8D ED? A superb lens that I really love a lot. The stabilizers, likely the main advantage of the AF-S VR 70-200mm/2.8G IF-ED come at the expense of a good deal of extra weight and size (and an extra Kiloeuro). Whatever you do, don't get a F 70-300mm/4-5.6G. It is okay for the occasional snapshot, but that's it. No pleasure at all. That money would be better put into a used 80-200.

Haiko Hebig, 2006-05-21

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