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Next PZ lens test report: Nikkor AF 85mm f/1.8 D (FX)
[quote name='oneguy' timestamp='1305673602' post='8466']

Macro lesses are a lot slower to focus though than a portrait lens.


And luckily, lenses do not have to be very fast in focussing for portraits. Which is good, else the Canon Ef 85mm f1.2 L USM II would not be very usable as portrait lens. But it is.

Fast focussing portrait lenses can double as indoor sports lenses though (Canon EF 85mm f1.8 USM as prime example).

And macro lenses with a focal length in portrait range can, besides shooting portraits, "double" as macro lenses.

Seems like win-win situation for both types. Which the Sony does not qualify for.

Besides, many macro lenses focus about as fast as the Sony 85mm f2.8, like the Nikon 105mm f2.8 VR, the Canon 100mm f2.8 USM, the Canon 100mm f2.8 L IS USM. It is not like all macro lenses are as slow in focussing as my Tamron 90mm f2.8 macro.

And this Tamron still makes a good f2,8 90mm portrait lens, it is still fast enough for that. The Tamron still misses the f1.8-2.8 f-stop range, though, so not a real substitute for a 85mm f1.8.

Of course, you can use the Sony 85mm f2.8 for macro too, with adding a Kenko extension tube set. Then it gets the focus distance needed for close up shots. But then it gets bigger, heavier and more expensive again.

And compared to the 85mm f1.8's it still misses 1 1/3rd stop to isolate subjects as well.

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Next PZ lens test report: Nikkor AF 85mm f/1.8 D (FX) - by Brightcolours - 05-17-2011, 11:20 PM
Next PZ lens test report: Nikkor AF 85mm f/1.8 D (FX) - by Steinar1 - 05-18-2011, 10:36 AM

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