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Nikon PC-E Micro Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D Manual Focus Lens USA

You Pay: $1,799.00
Product Highlights
  • Perspective Control
  • Medium Telephoto
  • Tilt, Shift & Rotation Capability

The Nikon PC-E Micro Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D Lens is a medium-telephoto lens with special "Perspective Control" tilt and shift functions, making it ideal for architectural, portrait, product, and nature photography. Using tilt and shift correction will help obtain a natural-looking perspective in a distortion-free architectural image. The PC-E 85mm lens is compatible with all digital and 35mm film SLR cameras (in manual mode). With the latest digital cameras (i.e. D3, D700 & D300, and later models), auto-aperture control is possible directly from the camera itself.

Nikon's Nano Crystal Coat virtually eliminates internal reflections for greater image quality. The Super Integrated Coating (SIC) offers outstanding color performance and substantially reduced ghosting and flare.

Wide shifting range of ±11.5mm, with a tilting range of ±8.5°
Revolving capability of ±90° in 30° increments for versatile tilt/shift shooting effects
The Nano Crystal Coat virtually eliminates internal reflections across a wide range of wavelengths for even greater image clarity
High-performance Super Integrated Coating (SIC) offers superior color performance and substantially reduced ghosting and flare
Rounded 9-blade diaphragm for more natural appearance of out-of-focus image elements
Performance
Focal Length 85mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/32
Camera Mount Type Nikon F
Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
Nikon DX
Angle of View 28°
DX Picture Angle: 18°
Tilt/Shift Shifts ± 11.5mm
Tilt ± 8.5°
Minimum Focus Distance 1.3' (39.62 cm)
Magnification 0.50x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:2
Elements/Groups 6/5
Diaphragm Blades 9
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus No
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread 77 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.3 x 4.2" (8.38 x 10.67 cm)
Weight 1.4 lb (635 g)
Nikon PC-E Micro Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D Manual Focus Lens
  • 77mm Snap-On Lens Cap
  • LF-1 Rear Lens Cap for F Mount Lenses
  • HB-22 Bayonet Lens Hood
  • CL-1120 Soft Lens Case
  • 5-Year Warranty (1-Year International + 4-Year USA Extension)
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    NikonPC-E Micro Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D Manual Focus Lens
     
    4.8

    (based on 21 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (18)

    • 4 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Strong construction (14)
    • Durable (12)
    • Consistent output (8)
    • Nice bokeh (6)
    • Rugged (6)

    Cons

    • Heavy (6)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (10)
    • Macro photography (9)
    • Landscape photography (5)
    • Special effects (5)
    • Low light (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (7), Semi-pro photographer (5), Enthusiast (3), Photo enthusiast (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (15)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Extremely sharp

    This is a very sharp lens...period. I'm familiar lens, as I owned the older version and sold it. This new version "PC-E" has much less CA and more...Read complete review

    This is a very sharp lens...period. I'm familiar lens, as I owned the older version and sold it. This new version "PC-E" has much less CA and more contrast than the older version, unless I just had a bad copy. Anyway, the tilt/shift function is very useful for macro photography, as well as the smaller apertures i.e. F/22 and F/32 with no diffraction. Yes, the older version can stop down to F/45, but it was not useful for me. My main use of this lens is for landscapes and floral photography. The next great feature is the electronic aperture button vs. the older plunger style. This is a great convenience, since you can think more about the subject matter than the metering; this lens will work in auto aperture mode with the newer digital bodies.

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    crisp lens

    Excellent lens, very sharp. I've been using the shift function for landscape panoramas and I couldn't be happier with the results. I'm still playing around with the tilt functions and find it very...Read complete review

    Excellent lens, very sharp. I've been using the shift function for landscape panoramas and I couldn't be happier with the results. I'm still playing around with the tilt functions and find it very easy to get those miniature toy like shots. There is quite a bit of vignetting in the far corner when the lens is both fully tilted and fully shifted on a FX sensor. Its a fun lens in that it allows view camera capabilities with a DSLR.
    The one complaint that I do have, and this is a HUGE one, is that the lens is NOT a fully manual lens. On a full manual camera, or if you add a Nikon extension tube, you will loose all functionality of the aperture.
    Come on Nikon get with the program and update you extension tubes to be compatible with the computer age, and your own equipment! Must go third party (Kenko) for this one.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Product/food shooters...GET THIS LENS!

    By rcorph

    from Miami, Fl

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Sharp Tilts

    Cons

    • No Rotating Tilt And Shift

    Best Uses

    • Product Food Photo
    • Productfood Photography
    • Product food photography

    Comments about Nikon PC-E Micro Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D Manual Focus Lens:

    I do come from many years of view camera experience but this lens is not hard to get the hang of. Increase depth of focus... Yep. Selective focus... No problem. No you can't do tilt and shift on the same plane but as stated by others you can get it on the same plane by sending it to Nikon. It WOULD be nice to have independent rotating tilt and shift like the Schneider but that lens is not perfect either and lots more$$. Not a macro for one. You are not going to have all the movements of a technical camera but if you want that get a technical camera and all the needed "goodies" to go with it. $$$$. This WILL make your product and food shots better and easier. My only problem is understanding why I took so long to get a tilt shift lens! It also seems to focus closer than the literature states. If you make your money shooting products and food find a way to get this lens! Very happy I got the 85mm first for mostly food photography but 45mm is next.

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    5.0

    Great lens for product photography

    By Edgar

    from New York

    Comments about Nikon PC-E Micro Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D Manual Focus Lens:

    Great lens for product photography, very sharp and has well controlled chromatic aberration.

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    5.0

    Sweet lens

    By Lost Art

    from Sao Paulo, Brazil

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Sharp

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Macro Photography
      • Portraits
      • Product photos

      Comments about Nikon PC-E Micro Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D Manual Focus Lens:

      I Use this for architecture, portraits, products. Very sharp, well built, manual focusing is smooth. Knobs are difficult to operate with gloves, otherwise hard to find faults with this lens.

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      • No

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Former View Camera User

      By Sweetpea

      from Jacksonville, FL

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Nikon PC-E Micro Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D Manual Focus Lens:

      My interest in photography started in the 1960 as a serious amateur, with both 35mm film and 4x5 view cameras. I was fascinated by both photographing small animals and architecture, sort of the opposite poles of the art. I ended up using mostly a Leica and then NIkon F. For architecture, I would tilt the easel on my enlarger to try to achieve perspective control. But I missed the shift features of the view camera. So, I decided to get this lens and experiment, now using a Nikon D7000. So far, this lens has proven very good, and an excellent tool for my level of experience!

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      5.0

      Ultimate in Macro Control

      By Food Lover

      from Washington, DC

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Bulky
      • Manual focus only

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography

      Comments about Nikon PC-E Micro Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D Manual Focus Lens:

      This lens is sharp and easy to use if you know your camera movements. I've used it for food shots and was able to shift the plane of focus to a narrow plane running diagonally through the frame, which made all the difference in the shot. The tilt and shift functions give you the ultimate control in table top, product, and other still life shots. Worth every penny!

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great lens

      By Bernie

      from Tacoma, WA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography

        Comments about Nikon PC-E Micro Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D Manual Focus Lens:

        Even if you are not using the "PC" functions of this lens, it is a sharp micro lense and provides some terrific images.

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        5.0

        Why did I wait so long?

        By mmntjrrt

        from Bethel, CT

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography

        Comments about Nikon PC-E Micro Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D Manual Focus Lens:

        The tilt function gives me full control of the depth of focus for close/macro photography.
        The shift function is very useful for panoramas and creating high resolution pictures, imitating the medium format.
        One regret: not being able to have tilt and shift in the same plane.

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        5.0

        Outstanding

        By fcphoto

        from Santiago-chile

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Macro Photography
          • Night Photography
          • Video

          Comments about Nikon PC-E Micro Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D Manual Focus Lens:

          Like other pc-e lens series, this Micro it's a powerfull tool to reach the perfection.
          Very accurate, solid and sharp.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great lens, sharp and well built

          By Cam

          from Midwest

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about Nikon PC-E Micro Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D Manual Focus Lens:

            Very happy with the lens. I use it for architectural photography for setting up tight shots and framing them carefully. Fast lens allows low light use. Sharp lens with great construction.

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            • No

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            (3 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            crisp lens

            By PhotoDady

            from Woodbury, MN

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Nikon PC-E Micro Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D Manual Focus Lens:

                Excellent lens, very sharp. I've been using the shift function for landscape panoramas and I couldn't be happier with the results. I'm still playing around with the tilt functions and find it very easy to get those miniature toy like shots. There is quite a bit of vignetting in the far corner when the lens is both fully tilted and fully shifted on a FX sensor. Its a fun lens in that it allows view camera capabilities with a DSLR.
                The one complaint that I do have, and this is a HUGE one, is that the lens is NOT a fully manual lens. On a full manual camera, or if you add a Nikon extension tube, you will loose all functionality of the aperture.
                Come on Nikon get with the program and update you extension tubes to be compatible with the computer age, and your own equipment! Must go third party (Kenko) for this one.

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                • No

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                (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                JUST MAGNIFICENT

                By Ligh Eater

                from Houston, TX

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to use
                • Great quality images
                • Ideal for product shots

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Nikon PC-E Micro Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D Manual Focus Lens:

                    When commercial photography was done with big format analog cameras we were able to correct parallels and to get in focus the whole image by using the different movements of the camera. Then the all-digital era came and if we wanted to keep using our big format cameras we needed to attach to them a digital back that could represent an investment of several tens of thousands of dollars. Now, for less than two grands we can convert our SLR in a parallel-correction-get-everything-in-focus digital image generator.

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                    5.0

                    Love the lens

                    By Scoop

                    from Corvallis Oregon

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Macro Photography

                    Comments about Nikon PC-E Micro Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D Manual Focus Lens:

                    This is a very versatile lens and allows one to focus on the entire subject plane. This creates all kinds of creative opportunities. The one thing I would have liked in the manual is better instruction on how to use the lens properly. This is not a lens that you will get used too immediately but once you do it's amazing.

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                    5.0

                    JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED !

                    By Walt[@]

                    from Eugene,Oregon

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Perfect Macro
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Macro Photography

                      Comments about Nikon PC-E Micro Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D Manual Focus Lens:

                      I have the 105/ 2.8 macro on board, However if you are really into macro and wan't total perceptive control you can now stop your research.
                      " Do not buy this lens" unless you have your photographic skills in order.This lens is defiantly for the advanced photographer. You must have the skills to be able to keep up with this magnificent interment. Get ready to do some real macro photography and separate your photography from the common everyday macro shots you see everywhere.
                      We have been blessed here in Oregon this winter, with mild weather. I took this baby out last sartirday and located an old 1948 international pickup truck that had been left in the woods forever. The light was perfect and so are the photographs.
                      I hope that this review well help those photographers who still take photographs, NOT PICTURES .

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                      5.0

                      Fantastic Perspective Control

                      By Rick

                      from Batavia/Chicago, IL

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Rugged
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • NONE

                      Best Uses

                      • HDR
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Stitched Panoramas
                      • Table-Top

                      Comments about Nikon PC-E Micro Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D Manual Focus Lens:

                      Sharp, fast, easy to use, unparalleled perspective control for DSLR photography. View camera experience helpful in understanding application of swing and tilt adjustments. Ideal for my table-top, stitched pano, creative, HDR and architectural applications. A marvelous special purpose DSLR lens for the serious photographer needing or wanting advanced perspective controls. Manual focus is easy and desirable with this fast 2.8f lens when determining focus points and DOF. I use it with my D3x in the field and, when in the studio, tethered to my laptop – works well in both situations. I have a full set of Nikon lenses but find this lens meets my needs more often than originally anticipated. I would recommend it for anyone needing or wanting the perspective control this lens offers. Expensive but very pleased with the results.

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                      5.0

                      PC-E Micro Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D Manual Foc

                      By John

                      from Bridgeport, CT

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Rugged
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Macro Photography

                        Comments about Nikon PC-E Micro Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D Manual Focus Lens:

                        I love this lens, when photographing products at a low angle I have the depth of field I need with the movement of the lens. I now have the sharp edges corner to corner that I had with a 4x5 camera.

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                        5.0

                        Lives up to it's reputation...

                        By Gul

                        from Singapore

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Durable
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Nice Bokeh
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Macro Photography
                        • Night Photography
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Nikon PC-E Micro Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D Manual Focus Lens:

                        This is a manual focus lens that requires learning - and it's best companion is nothing less than a pro-grade Nikon (D3X or D700) to deliver the best results. Produces incredibly sharp images, with the right focus bokeh, if you know what you're looking for. Tilt swivels move very smoothly with no creep. Even though construction is strong, this is NOT a lens to be tossed around - needs care in handling.

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                        4.0

                        Good lens, hard to use effectively

                        By William Hoiles

                        from Summit, NJ

                        About Me Professional

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Rugged
                        • Sharp Focus
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • Expensive
                        • Hard to use
                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use
                        • Landscape Photography
                        • Special Effects

                        Comments about Nikon PC-E Micro Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D Manual Focus Lens:

                        The image quality from the lens is very sharp. The build is excellent. But it's very difficult to get the hang of. I think this is true of all tilt/shift lenses, the difficulty isn't specific to this one lens. I also think the focal length is slightly awkward for t/s, (even more so if you're using a DX camera). The 24mm would have been an easier range to work with. I use it on my D200 and D3. The controls take time to get used to. I've let my friends borrow it and they've had the same difficulty.

                        If you purchase it, don't take it off your camera until you fully understand how it works. Become familiar with how the shift influences the photo vs. the tilt, and how much of each you need to apply -- full shift or full tilt is often overkill.

                        To me, this is a specialty lens that you shouldn't get unless you have either disposable income, or a very specific need like product photography, landscape work, or the need to make things in the distance look tiny. You CAN take incredible pictures with it. A brief internet search will show you what you can certainly achieve, but it takes a lot of practice in my opinion.

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                        5.0

                        Quality with a price.

                        By Clarkie

                        from Sanbornville N.H.

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Quick Focus
                        • Rugged
                        • Sharp Focus
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape Photography
                          • Special Effects

                          Comments about Nikon PC-E Micro Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D Manual Focus Lens:

                          Nikon always gives it's all and this is no exception. Fantastic collar, very smooth barrel action with a great window of focus. Only practice will make you perfect with this lens.

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                          5.0

                          about the best nikkor lens there is

                          By kers

                          from amsterdam

                          About Me Professional

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Lens quality

                          Cons

                          • Heavy

                          Best Uses

                          • Architecture
                          • Landscape Photography
                          • Macro
                          • Special Effects

                          Comments about Nikon PC-E Micro Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D Manual Focus Lens:

                          This lens gives perfect images from d2,8 till d22



                          it is razor sharp- and handles flare very well ( a problem with the d1,8 85mm nikkor (hat is also a great lens and a lot cheaper)

                          It has no distortion also not when shifted-

                          it is also designed for high quality macro and tilt can also be very useful there
                          It is ready for the d4 in the sense of image quality
                          It is manual focus - but when getting used to that you will be able to focus quite fast - but you need a good viewfinder ( D3, D3x-D700)

                          the tilt and shift let's you redefine photography.

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                          5.0

                          Extremely sharp

                          By FG

                          from New York

                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Sharp Focus

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape Photography
                            • Special Effects

                            Comments about Nikon PC-E Micro Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D Manual Focus Lens:

                            This is a very sharp lens...period. I'm familiar lens, as I owned the older version and sold it. This new version "PC-E" has much less CA and more contrast than the older version, unless I just had a bad copy. Anyway, the tilt/shift function is very useful for macro photography, as well as the smaller apertures i.e. F/22 and F/32 with no diffraction. Yes, the older version can stop down to F/45, but it was not useful for me. My main use of this lens is for landscapes and floral photography. The next great feature is the electronic aperture button vs. the older plunger style. This is a great convenience, since you can think more about the subject matter than the metering; this lens will work in auto aperture mode with the newer digital bodies.

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