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Nikon AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR Lens

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Product Highlights

  • F Mount Lens/DX Format
  • 127.5mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5 to f/32
  • 1:1 Macro Capability
  • 1 ED Element; Super Integrated Coating
  • Silent Wave Motor AF System
  • Nikon VR II Image Stabilization
  • Internal Focus; Manual Focus Override
  • M/A Focus Mode Switch
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 11.3"
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This AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR Lens from Nikon is a DX-formatted medium telephoto macro lens capable of extreme close-up and general telephoto photography, including portraiture. The lens will autofocus from infinity to 11.3", producing life-size (1:1) macro images. As a DX format lens, it compatible with DX format DSLRs or FX format cameras in DX mode. Its 35mm focal length equivalence is 127.5mm.

The lens also features Nikon's VR II (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization, which allows handheld shooting at up to 3 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible, assuring dramatically sharper images. This is ideal for macro close-up work as well as for enabling sharp telephoto work in low light. Nikon's Silent Wave Motor autofocus technology enables fast, smooth and near silent AF action which is supported even when shooting macro and very important in video mode. The internal focus system also promotes faster focus and maintains a compact form without an extending or rotating front element. Finally, the M/A focusing mode enables fast focus mode switches and manual focus override. 

This versatile prime lens includes one extra-low dispersion element to control chromatic aberrations and Nikon's Super Integrated lens coating enhances light transmission reducing flare and ghosting.

A DX format prime telephoto lens with 1:1 macro capability
Nikon VR II Image Stabilization, engineered specifically for each VR Nikkor lens, enables handheld shooting at up to 3 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible, reducing the blur caused by camera shake
Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) element offers superior sharpness and color correction by effectively minimizing chromatic aberration, even at wide aperture settings
Nikon's Super Integrated Coating (SIC) enhances light transmission and offers superior color consistency and reduced flare.
Nikon's Silent Wave Motor (SWM) provides fast, accurate and quiet autofocus
An Internal Focus (IF)system provides fast autofocusing without changing the length of the lens, retaining subject working distance throughout the focus range
The M/A Focus Mode Switch enables quick response to changing situations between manual and autofocus operation
Rounded 9-blade diaphragm renders more natural appearance of out-of-focus image elements
UPC: 018208021901
Performance
Focal Length 85mm
Comparable 35mm Equivalent on DX Format Focal Length: 127.5 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5
Minimum: f/32
Camera Mount Type Nikon F
Format Compatibility Nikon DX
FX in DX Crop Mode
Angle of View 18° 50'
Minimum Focus Distance 11.26" (28.60 cm)
Magnification 1x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:1
Elements/Groups 14/10
Diaphragm Blades 9
Features
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Physical
Filter Thread Front:52 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.9 x 3.9" (7.37 x 9.91 cm)
Weight 12.52 oz (355 g)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.75 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.58 x 5.0 x 5.0"
Nikon AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR Lens
  • 52mm Snap-On Lens Cap
  • LF-4 Rear Lens Cap
  • CL-1018 Lens Case
  • Bayonet Lens Hood HB-37
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Limited 4-Year USA Extension upon Registration
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    NikonAF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR Lens
     
    4.6

    (based on 161 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (103)

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      (49)

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    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (66)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (53)
    • Easily interchangeable (49)
    • Consistent output (41)
    • Easy to use (32)

    Cons

    • Poor in low light (11)
    • Slow focus (7)
    • Heavy (4)

    Best Uses

    • Macro photography (81)
    • Close up filming (22)
    • Shooting outdoors (19)
    • Landscape/scenery (17)
    • Wildlife photos (17)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (49), Semi-pro photographer (19), Casual photographer (15), Tech savvy (13), Pro photographer (8)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (114), Yes (10)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Right vs. Wrong - Micro 85mm wins

    I'm a semi-professional photographer of 35+ years experience with close-up photography. I've used every technique, including reversal rings, extension tubes, close-up lenses and darkroom fixes with normal lenses in the engineering field...Read complete review

    I'm a semi-professional photographer of 35+ years experience with close-up photography. I've used every technique, including reversal rings, extension tubes, close-up lenses and darkroom fixes with normal lenses in the engineering field to take 'technical' photos. I use this lens to photograph coins, and I'm having to re-learn how to be a photographer using this lens on the 26 Mp D3200!
    I purchased the 85mm, rather than the 40mm Micro because I wanted some distance between lens and subject and this lens takes a full frame picture of a quarter at about 7-8 inches. Coins are a particular challenge due to being flat and all one color. This lens is easy to work with and I'm getting excellent results with the auto-focus and the auto-exposure and am using the built in flash, a pleasant surprise. Usually, the lens is so close that lighting is difficult, and a camera mounted flash is blocked by the lens itself. It's what's missing that makes this lens/camera combo stand out.
    When adding close-up lenses to a normal lens, first off, they don't help that much for extreme close-up work and they add two lens surfaces per, degrading the image with increasing amounts of diffraction and chromatic aberration. Likewise, they are not mechanically aligned with the lens elements and I don't use them anymore. They soften and blur the close-up image. The 85mm gives a crisp image at it's maximum with no detectable corona or blurring.
    Extension tubes, while giving a better image than close-up lenses, move the lens out of its 'comfort zone', and chromatic aberration increases with each extension, and the amount of light on the sensor falls off with the square of the distance. It also moves the front of the lens closer to the subject and decreases depth of field. Eventually, the lens is too close and shading the subject, with the lens wide open. The 85mm lets you work at a comfortable distance, use a high lighting angle, back the lights away, and stop the lens down to increase the depth of field.
    Depth of field is always an issue, and in my case, a real problem because coins are essentially flat. A shallow depth of field is no problem, but the center of the coin and the edge of the coin are at different distances from the lens, and the center can be in focus while the edge is out of focus. The 85mm does not show any such distortion across the full frame.
    The first sets of pictures I took looked fine, until I moved them into photoshop and looked at them at pixel resolution. I noticed two things, that I thought were lens problems, but were actually mistakes I made. First, the silver quarter looked 'rough'. Zooming in, I saw that adjacent pixels were of widely different colors, averaging out to grey at a distance. This was due to camera motion. It is essential to use liveview so that the mirror is up well before the shutter is released, AND to use a remote shutter release. I have developed a soft touch over the years to release the shutter, and this was adequate with film and lower resolution digital cameras. Not so with this camera, when you consider that the sensor elements are microscopic, and this lens provides a precisely focused image that will pick-up microscopic camera movement. It goes without saying that the camera must be firmly mounted on a tripod. The improvement was noticeable at a distance, and zooming in reveals surface details such as fine scratches that are lost in lower resolution digitals, and cannot be seen under 10x magnification with the naked eye. Adjacent pixels are nearly the same color, which speaks to the quality of the image produced by this lens. If anything, these pictures are too good, showing details that the naked eye never sees.
    The second problem was a slightly out of focus edge on the coin. This was due to two mistakes. 1) The camera MUST be parallel to the surface. The slightest tilt, in this case about 2-3 mm, will cause a corresponding tilt in the planar field of view, and 2), the coin must be flat and parallel to the camera. I place coins on a smaller piece of foam rubber so they appear to float. The slightest tipping of the coin to one side or the other will throw the edge out of focus since I use the auto-focus on the center of the coin. This lens will not allow you to be sloppy or imprecise.
    One other thing, lint, dust or any other bit of debris shows up quite nicely. I now have to dust the coins before photographing them, and occasionally re-photograph them when a microscopically large dust mote shows up.
    To sum up, the 85mm gives a flat field, crisp image at a comfortable working distance, and produces excellent close-up images that are easy to light, but you have to work for it. This lens is not for the casual point and shoot, but will give great results to the serious photographer tired of fighting the limitations of the wrong lens for the job.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Decent Nikkor lens for the Cost you pay

    Its nicely balanced on my D80. Quiet sharp, light & the VR helps in handholding for closeup macros of small insects, dragonfly, damselflies & butterflies. I got this as a...Read complete review

    Its nicely balanced on my D80. Quiet sharp, light & the VR helps in handholding for closeup macros of small insects, dragonfly, damselflies & butterflies. I got this as a alternative to the big 105mm VR as the cost difference is worth considering towards getting an 85mm VR. The f/3.5 doesn't really matter to the limited amount of amateaur shooting I do & I did not really saw the need for a faster f/2.8. Overall a good deal.

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    4.0

    Fantastic Macro Lens

    By Mo

    from Sugar Land Texas

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Nikon AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR Lens:

    It is easy to use.

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    4.0

    simple to micro with 85mm

    By niknak

    from scarsdale ny

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Nikon AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR Lens:

    85mm for potraits,great 1/1 micro image. metal bayonet.
    very sharp no visible vignetting

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    5.0

    Great dental photography lens !!

    By Doug

    from ASHEVILLE NC

    Comments about Nikon AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR Lens:

    A great lens for dental photography
    Much lighter than 100 mm macro and quality of images outstanding

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    5.0

    AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR L

    By husker-1

    from Omaha

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Macro Photography

        Comments about Nikon AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR Lens:

        I use the lens to photograph watches. The resulting images are fantastic. I highly recommend this lens for all macro work.

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        4.0

        Needed a good macro

        By Minotaur

        from Philadelphia, PA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Macro Photography

          Comments about Nikon AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR Lens:

          Good for macro photos and portrait photography

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great Macro Lens

          By Zak Kogut Photography

          from Gilbert, AZ

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

          • Poor in Low Light

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Nikon AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR Lens:

          I've been using this macro lens for about 6 months now and it's a very good macro lens. I've gotten some awesome shots and when used with extension tubes you get amazing detail in your focus stacks. I love having the extra working distance this lens provides as well. Buy it.

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          5.0

          GREAT !!!

          By Afonso

          from Brasil

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography

            Comments about Nikon AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR Lens:

            Easy to use. Works silently. Recommended!

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            • No

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            4.0

            Great Tele-Macro!

            By Ye Merrye Olde Geezer

            from Canyon, TX

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast / accurate auto-focus

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Macro Photography
              • Medium Tele Prime Lens

              Comments about Nikon AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR Lens:

              Very good macro lens. The 85 mm focal length gets the lens far enough from the subject that it is less likely to cast a shadow on the subject. Fair warning: the lens makes the camera a little front-heavy, so plan on using a tripod for most macro shots. I also like it for a medium-tele prime lens. I use the lens on my Nikon D3100.

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              5.0

              Very Nice sharp lens

              By graybeard

              from Va

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Flowers and insects
                • Macro Photography

                Comments about Nikon AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR Lens:

                I wanted a macro lens for taking shots of insects and flowers. I looked at the various ranges and decided on the 85mm and I'm very happy with it. I get nice sharp shots; I have used it on a D90, D7000, and D7100 and they all work great. All of these were shot hand held so the VR is nice. The f3.5 was fine to get low depth of field for flowers, just need to watch that on insects. Very pleased and would recommend this for this use.

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                4.0

                Sharp..sharp!

                By Charles

                from Monroe, La

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Macro Photography

                  Comments about Nikon AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR Lens:

                  I use this for flowers and closeups. Great lens.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great lens!

                  By AF

                  from Seattle

                  Comments about Nikon AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR Lens:

                  Great lens, great online store. B & H is my favorite store for all camera gear.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Nikon AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G E

                  By Rich

                  from North Dakota

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

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                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Nikon AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR Lens:

                        This is my first macro lens. It is very sharp and has a relatively fast aperture. A longer lens may be more desirable but for the price this lens cannot be beat.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Great Lens

                        By bobsphotos

                        from Hoodsport, WA

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Lightweight
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Macro Photography

                          Comments about Nikon AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR Lens:

                          This lens is very good and a good price! Worth the money!!!

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                          • No

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                          (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Good affordable micro lens

                          By PatW

                          from Columbus, Ohio

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Lightweight
                          • Nice Bokeh
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Macro Photography
                            • Wildlife Photos

                            Comments about Nikon AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR Lens:

                            Ever since going digital, I've missed my old manual 55mm micro lens! This is a good replacement, allowing me to do the close-up work necessary to document antiques for research and resale. Lightweight, but with the advantges of VR technology, this lens will always be in my camera bag. The only drawback I've experienced thus far is that the lens does not automatically revert to auto-focus after being used in manual mode.

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                            4.0

                            Pretty good lens

                            By Macro/Micro Novice

                            from Nothern California

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Macro Photography

                              Comments about Nikon AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR Lens:

                              I have not had much time to actually use this lens, but from the few times I have, it seems to do the job. I thought (having farily steady hands) that the VR would allow me to take close-ups using just a tripod, but now I've come to realise that such close focus needs a remote shutter control.

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                              • Yes

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                              5.0

                              Great Primary Lens

                              By Phil

                              from Newington, CT

                              Comments about Nikon AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR Lens:

                              Great addition to my collection of lenses for my D7000. Excellent results thus far. Very pleased with my purchase. B&H great to deal with. Speedy delivery.

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                              5.0

                              Great lens

                              By Efireb33

                              from Pittsburgh

                              Comments about Nikon AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR Lens:

                              Very fast. Images are very sharp and tons of detail. Very impressed with this lens. I highly recommend it!

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                              4.0

                              Great bang for you buck macro lens

                              By Color Blind Artist

                              from San Diego, CA

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Macro Photography
                                  • Wildlife Photos

                                  Comments about Nikon AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR Lens:

                                  I work for a research office and we're primarily taking photos of insects and plants and this lens is perfect for just that. The best part is it's a Nikon lens which means its great quality glass and for the price, I think I can live without the extra cost for the 105mm.

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                                  (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  perfect for DX Nikons

                                  By Desmog

                                  from Sarasota FL

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Macro Photography

                                    Comments about Nikon AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR Lens:

                                    I'm a long time 105mm macro user from back in the days of film.
                                    Every one talks about having enough working distance from the front of the lens to the subject. Well for me a 105mm is too long, remember on a DX body, which is what I use a 105 is about 150mm, a little to far for my flash setup. The 85mm is about120mm, still a little long but ok. For me it works perfectly. It's also much lighter to carry. The image quality is as good of or better than the 105, especially when stopped down to f 16 or 22.

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                                    4.0

                                    Great for the money

                                    By Jacob

                                    from Jupiter, FL

                                    About Me Casual Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Macro Photography
                                      • Wildlife Photos

                                      Comments about Nikon AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR Lens:

                                      I have the D5200 and this DX lens is perfect for it. It is very light, quick to focus, and the instant manual override is great. 85mm gives a great working distance. I can't imagine the 105mm micro is worth the extra $400.

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