Eighty 5 @ Eff 1.four @ the SC State Fair
I added a Nikon 85mm f/1.4 D lens to my kit last year for portrait work. It’s the older version that was in production from 1995-2010 and I picked it up off of eBay for $650. It’s not a versatile lens by any means, and most of the time it sits in a drawer with my backup lenses and flashes.
For the non photo nerds, one of its main features is the ability to produce images with a really shallow depth of field.
But that also means there’s no room for error in your execution of proper focusing. It’s what those nerds might call fast glass. And since I spent most of my day waiting in the Kia service lounge yesterday, escaping only when the they gave up, I needed a stress relief. Which meant picking up my camera and going to the fair with with one lens. The one I use the least.
All the images here were shot with that 85mm at f1.4, in aperture priority mode while using exposure compensation. Photos and words by Sean Rayford
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