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  • STEVE says:

    Right on!!! I upgraded my old 85 f2 MF to the current 85 f1.8 AF shortly after our Nepal trip with Galen in ’93. When I went digital in 2000 the lens pretty much sat on the shelf as I found it a bit too long with the cropped sensor. I almost sold it but held out with the hopes someday of a full frame camera. The lens is now the body cap on my full frame D700. My particular lens always had a little bit of a back focus problem but that was easily remedied on the D700. Every Nikon user should have this lens in their bag.

  • Geoff says:

    Thanks for the great review. I bought the 85mm f/1.8D lens a few years ago mainly for portraits. But I haven’t done portraits in a while, and it seemed too long a tele for other uses, so it’s sat in the bag unused. But after reading your article, I’m ready to start using it again. I do like primes over zooms because of all the reasons you mentioned. But zooms are convenient. Thanks for getting me motivated to use my 85mm prime again!

  • Dan says:

    You’re welcome, Geoff. The 85 f/1.8 is an awesome lens, I hope you’re able to get some great shots with it!

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    Terry Bourk

    I have read you new book “Behind the Landscape.” I could not “put it down” meaning that I kept at it because each photo you presented/analyzed was interesting and informative. I am trying to develop an eye for composition (both the scene and the light).

    Thank you! The examples you present and the suggestions are very helpful. Purple Mountains, McKinley River and Wonder Lake are fascinating.


    Roger Sinclair

    You have done it again! Another triumph.

    Your generosity to share, the clarity of thought and concise explanation thereof is brilliant. Perhaps I should also mention the beautiful photos and the talent necessary to produce them.

    Thank you, Dan.