Fast forward to today and after much bru-ha-ha, complications, cancellations and good ol' fashioned bad customer service (by Nikon directly no less, hmph!) I hold in my hot little hands the wonderment of glass. I bit the bullet and got the AF-S 85mm 1.4G.
Now - I feel like I need to explain myself here. My everyday lens for the past - oh I don't know - long time, has been the 17-55mm f2.8. It is a wonderful, fabulous, glorious lens and I adore it. And I have gotten used to the zooming capabilities as well as the general wideness of it, so when I slapped on a 85mm prime - it really threw me for a loop! First of all 85mm is a long way away, especially on a DX camera body and secondly, someone who is accustomed to the 17-55 range - well, is accustomed to the 17-55 range.
I am thinking that I am going to love my new lens, I really do believe that (just look at that bokeh!) - but in the meantime, it is really going to take some playing to feel comfortable with it. So that's exactly what I did, I played! My poor photo subject (aka: daughter) is getting annoyed with the camera in her face, but hey - at least I took her somewhere she could swing and be annoyed at the same time.
Most of these were taken at f1.6 and let me tell you - that is HARD to capture a 3 year old at 1.4 and get a decent focus. Practice, practice, practice.
Notice the sidewalk behind her foot is in focus? Ya, she's not.
Look at the sharp eye there - lovely bokeh.
Love the speed of the 1.6 - this was low light conditions in the fort - but again the focus is a bit off. (hey, it's hard at such an open aperture!)
Just look at that dreamy blur action. I hope to perfect this eventually
Do you have a favorite lens that is your go to? I love the capability of this one - but it hasn't replaced my 17-55mm as favorite yet...