Sample Images: Nikon 85mm f/1.4G

One of Nikon’s most versatile and solid-built primes.

We spent the past few weeks testing out Nikon’s new 85mm f/1.4G lens—we brought it everywhere from concerts to pumpkin carving competitions, from the rooftops of New York City to our apartment. The result? A series of extremely sharp and crisp images with beautiful bokeh at f/1.4.

In terms of ergonomics, the lens feels extremely sturdy and well built. It is slightly larger than the older Nikon 85mm f/1.4D lens. The weather-sealing and quality of the glass is the first thing we noticed upon picking it up. It also focuses extremely quietly thanks to Nikons Silent Wave Motor.

The diversity of this gallery proves just how versatile this piece of glass is. All of these images were shot in RAW using a D3S. Some slight color correction and exposure adjustments were made when needed in Adobe Lightroom 3. The images were then exported as high-resolution jpg’s. Click the link on each image to see the full-res version.

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Taken in the Christopher Street PATH station as a west-bound train arrives. Tech Specs: Nikon D3S, 1/25 sec at f/5.6, ISO 1000. Click here for the Full-Res image.Dan Bracaglia
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My roommate is going to hate me for posting this one. Tech Specs: Nikon D3S, 1/640sec at f/1.4, ISO 800. Click here for the Full-Res image.Dan Bracaglia
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One of the two judges for the first annual Cranford Pumpkin Carving inspects the entries. Tech Specs: Nikon D3S, 1/2000 sec at f/1.4, ISO 200. Click here for the Full-Res image.Dan Bracaglia
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One of the judges for the first annual Cranford Pumpkin Carving takes a moment to pick his favorite. Tech Specs: Nikon D3S, 1/200 sec at f/1.4, IS0 200. Click here for the Full-Res image.Dan Bracaglia
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Hands down some of our favorite images taken using this lens were long exposures of rooftop gardens in New York. Tech Specs: Nikon D3S, 3 seconds at f/8, ISO 400. Click here for the Full-Res image.Dan Bracaglia
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This was shot hand-held at night looking into another building. Tech Specs: Nikon D3S, 1/60 sec at f/2, ISO 4000. Click here for the Full-Res image.Dan Bracaglia
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This image and the one that follows are meant to show examples of the bokeh of this lens at wide and moderately-wide apertures. The camera was tripod mounted for both of these images. Tech Specs: Nikon D3S, 1/2 sec at f/1.4, ISO 200. Click here for the Full-Res image.Dan Bracaglia
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Tech Specs: NIKON D3S, 6 seconds at f/5.6, ISO 200. Click here for the Full-res image.Dan Bracaglia
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The band Motion City Soundtrack, shot in a dark venue with extremely bright lights. We were blown away by the quality of this lens in such situations. Tech Specs: Nikon D3S, 1/640 sec at f/2, ISO 1000. Click here for the Full-Res image.Dan Bracaglia
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This was taken looking into a dimly lit parking garage in the evening. Tech Specs: Nikon D3S, 1/400 sec at f/4, ISO 1000. Click here for the Full-Res image.Dan Bracaglia