Tuesday, 17 April 2012

First images from my new Nikon 85 1.8G lens .

I have been umming and arring for a few months now about which 85mm lens i would purchase . At one point i was set on buying the Sigma 85 1.4 .Then it was the Nikon 85 1.4 , then it was the Nikon 85 1.8G!!!! I looked at the Sigma when i attended the photographic show, Focus On Imaging at Birmingham . At that point my mind was made up that i was going for the Sigma . Then i read a few test reports . And a few people had reported that they had had focusing problems with it . One person returned 3 of them for the same reason !!

So , now i was unsure which one to go for , again !!!!

Price was a big part of my purchase . And with the Nikon 1.4 being around £1,200 , almost three times the cost of the Nikon 85 1.8 . I had to really make a decision  !!

Back onto the internet , looking at blogs , test reports and peoples general views of the two Nikon's . I found one really good report , where the two lenses had been tested side by side . Yes , the 1.4 was showing better results at certain aperature than the 1.8 . However the results from the 1.8 were very good indeed !!!

My mind was finally made up and i scoured the internet for a competative price on the Nikon 85 1.8 !! I found a company that i have used several times . Wilkinson Cameras , who were selling it for a good price of £429 !! and free postage .

My main reason for wanting this lens is for wedding photography . And in particular using the lens at its widest aperature . In low light , inside the church or venue where the wedding ceremony is taking place .

I am wanting to use this and other wide aperature lenses that i have  , to offer a documentuary style wedding photography . This is something that i am really passionate about as it offers a more relaxed style of wedding photography . And will show more of a story about the whole day for the happy couple . Rather than posed group shots of the whole day .

As i only recieved this lens yesterday , i haven't yet used it at a wedding . But had to take it out while the weather was reasonable . So, it was out with my faithfull walking buddy , Mabel , for a lovely long walk along the River Ouse , then onto The Grand Union Canal . A walk of around 6 miles and about 2.5 hrs of walking .

I wanted to take photos of various subjects . First one being Mabel . Then it was almost anything that moved or didn't move !!!

I have added a selection of images . All shot at the widest aperature , on aperature priority , using a Nikon D700 with the verticle grip attatched .

 Nice sharp eyes and shallow depth of field .

 This shows how well the shallow depth of field is , Simple image of a fence .

 Image of Wolverton Park and a recent sculpture. Converted to Black & White .
Once again , thanks for taking a look at my blog . Please feel free to add any comments .

View more of my images on my website http://www.eternityimages.co.uk/Home.aspx

Many thanks , Mark .


Bob Bushell said...

Well, it looks alright to me, lovely images.

Mark said...

Thanks Bob . I must say I am pleased with the results :-)

Mark said...

Thanks Bob . I must say I am pleased with the results :-)

holdingmoments said...

You got some good results there Mark. Looks to be well worth the outlay. Perfect for what you want it for.

Mayank Jain said...

Vwry nice first pictures! All the best!