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    85mm f/1.8 G Build Quality Question

    How does the build quality and "substance" of the new Nikon 85mm f/1.8 G compare to the 105 VR macro. I am weighing several factors in trying to decide whether to buy the 1.4 or the 1.8 version and having not seen either, I am looking for a basis for comparison on the basis of a lens I own. I gather that the two are reasonably close with respect to optical quality and I doubt that I would be taking advantage of the extra speed.

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    Re: 85mm f/1.8 G Build Quality Question

    Build quality vs the 105VR is more plasticy nd much lighter.

    I use the 85/1.4G on D3s and the 85/1.8G on the D800/E minus the Bt.Grip as the whole thing is nicely manageable.
    85/1.4G better Bokeh and 85/1.8G better corners and lighter.

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    Re: 85mm f/1.8 G Build Quality Question

    If you don't intend to shoot under heavy rain then the 85/1.8G is a great choice, it is not small although quite light weight, fit in hand very nicely, and as sharp as the 1.4 version, I have probably owned and use 5 version of 85mm, from the 85/1.4Ai, 85/1.8AF, the original 85/1.4AF, then the 85/1.4AF-S, the newest one the 85/1.8G is right there on the sharpness. Great value.
    Of all, probably the 85/1.8G has the least expensive material but does not look that cheap, built quality and focusing speed is very good, optically excellent. If The 100mm VR Micro is a good lens, if I were to chose only one lens for 85-100mm range, I will pick the macro, it is a universal lens for me, but it also cost about twice as much, but more versatile.
    Nikon did not make any poor lens in these range, it is a matter of budget and preference. Performance wise, you can't go wrong with all these lens.


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    Re: 85mm f/1.8 G Build Quality Question

    I've decided on the 85 1.4, but mostly for its better weather sealing. Roger makes some good points in another thread about sticking with the same lens manufacture, for an overall look when displaying gallery images together. I think that point is extremely valid and I decided to do just that. Also, the af allows more spontaneity, and the new 1.4 g's are really good!

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    Re: 85mm f/1.8 G Build Quality Question

    The 85 1.4 G is a stellar lens in my kit. This one is a keeper
    Photography is all about experimentation and without it you will never learn art.
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