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Bower 85mm f/1.4 Manual Focus Telephoto Lens for Nikon

You Pay: $259.00
Product Highlights
  • Aspherical

The Bower 85mm f/1.4 Manual Focus Lens is a special effort in the independent lens manufacturer world, being a popular focal length for serious portraiture combined with an extra large f/1.4 maximum aperture.  Most independent manufacturer lenses are either zooms or very short or long focal length fixed lenses.  This lens is appropriate for Nikon FX "full frame" cameras in addition to their 15.6 x 23.7mm "APS-C" style digital 'DX' SLR cameras, and works similarly upon the cameras as later-model Nikon manual focus lenses.  This lens is precision manufactured in South Korea.

With a 35mm equivalent focal length of ~127mm and that f/1.4 aperture on DX cameras (or a classic 85mm f/1.4 on FX cameras), this Bower 85mm lens opens up photographic opportunities you'll never get with your zoom.  Capture close portraits of singers on dark stages with only spotlights on their faces, and those background lights will be soft cascades of low-contrast coloring.  With the big f/1.4 opening, you'll have enough light to stop subject motion.  Or try it in brighter conditions at fast shutter speeds and low ISOs to make great shots of people in front of blooming trees, with background flowers almost looking like paintings.  It isn't easy nailing manual focus at f/1.4-2.0 (nor for that matter is it easy for an AF system), but you'll get better with practice, and soon be making many snaps that stand out in a crowd.

This lens was truly created with large-aperture shooting in mind.  Though a fine performer with plenty of contrast and resolution at f/5.6-f/11 apertures, it is at its best shooting between f/1.4-2.8, where it presents a high-peak-resolution focus point surrounded by lower resolution/contrast out-of-focus areas.  Rather than just sharpness all around, for many pictures it is this stark drop off in resolution and contrast that effectively draws a viewer's eye towards a subject.

Bright f/1.4 aperture
Aspherical lens element provides high quality images
Fully multicoated optics
Ideal portrait lens
Low weight relative to many 85mm f/1.4 lenses
Smooth helicoid manual focus action
Internal focusing means that lens length remains constant during focusing (lens front also does not rotate)
Made in South Korea
Performance
Focal Length 85mm
Aperture Maximum: f/1.4
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Nikon F
Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
Nikon DX
Angle of View 28.3°
APS-C Picture Angle: 19.1°
Minimum Focus Distance 3.28' (1 m)
Magnification Not Specified By Manufacturer
Maximum Reproduction Ratio Not Specified By Manufacturer
Elements/Groups 9/7
Diaphragm Blades Not Specified By Manufacturer
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus No
Tripod Collar No
Physical
Filter Thread 72 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.0 x 3.75" (76.20 x 95.25 mm)
Weight 1.15 lb (.52 kg)
Bower 85mm f/1.4 Manual Focus Telephoto Lens for Nikon
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    Bower85mm f/1.4 Manual Focus Telephoto Lens for Nikon
     
    4.6

    (based on 8 reviews)

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    Pros

    • Durable (5)
    • Reliable (5)
    • Easy to use (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portraits (6)
      • Studio (4)
      • Travel (4)
      • Everyday (3)
      • Home (3)
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      5.0

      AWESOME

      By Jasmine the rice

      from NY

      About Me Casual user

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Reliable

      Cons

      • Manual Focus

      Best Uses

      • Everyday use
      • Home
      • Portraits
      • Studio
      • Traveling

      Comments about Bower 85mm f/1.4 Manual Focus Telephoto Lens for Nikon:

      AWESOME! BEST THING TO HAVE! It changed how I view photos. Good Job Bower!

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      • Yes

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      5.0

      The Best $[$] Ever Spend

      By CagomoC

      from Marysville, WA.

      About Me Semi-Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Budget price
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Large Glass
      • Lightweight
      • Looks Feels Pro
      • Reliable

      Cons

      • Poor Quality Bag
      • Poor Quality Lens Hood
      • Weak Front Lens Cover

      Best Uses

      • Everyday use
      • Home
      • Landscape Photography
      • Macro Photography
      • No Limit
      • Portraits
      • Studio
      • Traveling

      Comments about Bower 85mm f/1.4 Manual Focus Telephoto Lens for Nikon:

      This lens is now my go to lens for 85mm for portraits. I've been the person to stick to one brand but I believe this lens has changed my out look. I'm now a proud owner of many Bower or Samyang lens, I've always love the mechanics of manual lens. I never had to worry about motors breaking.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Great lens for a great price

      By Manda

      from Flagstaff, AZ

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Portraits

        Comments about Bower 85mm f/1.4 Manual Focus Telephoto Lens for Nikon:

        Awesome lens for the price. Manual focus makes it difficult to use for children's portraits, but other than that its sharp and creates beautiful images.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Very high value, though not perfect

        By ATXpics.com

        from Austin, TX

        About Me Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Reliable

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Landscape Photography
        • Macro Photography
        • Portraits
        • Studio
        • Traveling

        Comments about Bower 85mm f/1.4 Manual Focus Telephoto Lens for Nikon:

        This lens is very high quality, solid metal and glass construction. For this price, I wouldn't worry too much about breaking it although it would be a challenge none the less. The image quality is very good. I also have the latest Nikon 85 1.4g and comparing the images there is very little difference. Comparing the price...eesh that's another story. The one real downside is that this is a manual focus lens only. Shooting portraits of still models, still object, or still anything this lens will amaze. Once things begin moving around, it's almost impossible to nail focus at F/1.4
        Still amazing value, I am glad I purchased it and will likely keep it on me while traveling for a cheap and effective ultra-fast, mega-Bokeh lens.

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        5.0

        Beautiful Lens for portrait video

        By VideoWorld

        from Mexico

        About Me Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Studio

            Comments about Bower 85mm f/1.4 Manual Focus Telephoto Lens for Nikon:

            I wanted to have a portrait lens with a fast aperture and the price of the other lenses was too much because I mainly use it for video with my Canon T2i. This lens deliver beautiful images with a lovely bokeh and the manufacturing quality is really good.
            I am very pleased with this lens , I will plan to use it with the AG-AF100 with and adapter and will post the experience on a Micro Four Third Sensor

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            5.0

            Awesome Manual Lens for the price

            By Rush

            from New York

            About Me Professional

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

            • Not Durable

            Best Uses

              Comments about Bower 85mm f/1.4 Manual Focus Telephoto Lens for Nikon:

              I love this lens. This is the only non-nikon lens in my prime kit, and I have no regrets buying it over the Nikon 1.4 or the 1.8, as it performs as well and is cheaper. Sure, it has a slightly cheesy plastic housing (what do you expect for the price), but it has excellent optics, is sharp, has a beautiful creamy bokeh, and is fast. I use it with my AF100 for video use as my goto portrait lens, and love the images it produces, as do my clients. No one believes the image is from a $330 generic lens.p.s. Ken Rockwell does an excellent review of this lens here. I have found it to be spot on:[@]

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              (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great bang for buck

              By A.K.

              from Manchester, CT

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Great bokeh
              • Very affordable
              • Very good optical quality

              Cons

              • Hard to focus low light

              Best Uses

              • Portraits

              Comments about Bower 85mm f/1.4 Manual Focus Telephoto Lens for Nikon:

              Use this lens for mostly portraits but gives the informal sittings great "glamour bokeh". Downside is that it is difficult to get proper focus (aging eyes) especially in low light situations. Never seem to have that difficulty when I was shooting Nikon F3 and a 50mm f/1.4 but that was 25 years ago...
              Overall, if you can shoot at a slower pace, concentrate on the focusing, it is an excellent lens, especially for the price!

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              (17 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              SUPER VALUE

              By Rix Pix

              from Novi,Michigan

              About Me Semi-Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Portraits
                  • Traveling

                  Comments about Bower 85mm f/1.4 Manual Focus Telephoto Lens for Nikon:

                  I have many vintage manual focus Nikkor lenses but was lacking the 85mm f1.4. I am impressed with the feel and quality of this lens for the price. Much of my photography is still with B&W film on manual bodies and judging by the results thus far this lens compares favorably with my vintage lenses in sharpness and image contrast. The build and internal focusing feels solid and handles really well. The narrow depth of field at f1.4 may be an issue for those not accustomed to manual focus lenses but with practice will improve.

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