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Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Lens

B&H # NI8518G MFR # 2201 Imported
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Product Highlights

  • F Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/16
  • Super Integrated Lens Coating
  • Silent Wave Motor AF System
  • Internal Focus
  • M/A Focus Mode Switch
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 2.6'
  • Filter Diameter: 67mm
  • 7-Blade Circular Diaphragm
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The AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Lens from Nikon is a fast, compact FX-format prime medium telephoto lens. Though optimized for FX-format DSLR cameras, the lens is equally adept at serving any Nikon DX-format DSLR. The combination of its mid-range telephoto design and a fast f/1.8 aperture make it an excellent option for shooting both still images and HD video in low light scenarios. Available light shooters will love the wide-open effect when shooting intimate portraits; in-focus subjects will stay sharp, while distracting backgrounds will melt into a pleasing soft blur. When mounted on a DX-format DSLR, this 85mm prime delivers an apparent focal length of approximately 127mm.

The lens boasts Silent Wave Motor technology (AFS) and Internal Focus for fast and quiet autofocus that won't alter the length of the lens, thus preserving working distance throughout the focus range. The Silent Wave Motor utilizes ultrasonic (inaudible) vibrations instead of a gear system to focus the lens, offering beautifully smooth, silent and accurate autofocus operation.

When fine manual focusing is required, just rotate the lens focus ring. The M/A mode switch offers a seamless override of the AF system with practically no time lag at all! Nikon's Super Integrated Coating (SIC) improves light transmission and provides better color consistency and minimized flare.

The AF-S 85mm f/1.8 is lightweight, fast, and easy to tote around. Weighing in at 8.0 oz less than the venerable 85mm f/1.4 - shooters that favor prime lenses can toss this optic in their gear bag without hesitation - it's small enough and light enough to take along everywhere!

Fast, compact FX-format prime medium telephoto lens. Fast maximum aperture is great for capturing stills or HD video in low light situations, and for head and shoulder portraiture, weddings and concerts
Take flattering portraits under all lighting conditions: Great for studio, on-set or available light shooting, as well as capturing still images or HD videos of subjects with attractive skin tones and producing beautiful background blur. When you want to isolate your subject from the background in indoor or outdoor photography, this lens renders a gorgeous natural background blur (Bokeh) at the wider aperture settings
Though optimized for FX-format DSLR cameras, the lens is equally adept at serving any Nikon DX-format DSLR. When mounted on a DX-format DSLR, this 85mm prime delivers a 35mm focal length equivalence of approximately 127mm
Boasts Silent Wave Motor technology (AFS) and Internal Focus for fast and quiet autofocus that won't alter the length of the lens, thus preserving working distance throughout the focus range. Internal optical movement is restricted to the interior of the non-extending lens barrel, enabling smaller, lightweight construction and closer focusing distance. SWM utilizes ultrasonic (inaudible) vibrations instead of a gear system to focus the lens, converting traveling waves into rotational energy, thus offering beautifully smooth, silent and accurate autofocus operation. Enjoy sharp, clear image quality at all apertures
When fine manual focusing is required, just rotate the lens focus ring. M/A mode enables you to seamlessly override the AF system with practically no time lag at all, even during AF servo operation and regardless of which AF mode is in use!
Nikon's Super Integrated Coating (SIC) is a multi-layer lens coating that improves light transmission, provides better color consistency, and minimizes ghost and flare to a negligible level. Enjoy reduced reflection in the wider wavelength range and exceptional color balance and reproduction
Rounded 7-blade diaphragm that creates a gorgeous natural background blur (Bokeh) at the wider aperture settings
Performance
Focal Length 85mm
Comparable 35mm Equivalent on DX Format Focal Length: 127.5 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/1.8
Minimum: f/16
Camera Mount Type Nikon F 1
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Bayonet

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Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
Nikon DX
Angle of View 28° 30'
DX Picture Angle: 18° 50' 2
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FX: 28° 30'
DX: 18° 50'

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Minimum Focus Distance 2.62' (.8 m)
Magnification 0.12x
Elements/Groups 9/9
Diaphragm Blades 7, Rounded
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Physical
Filter Thread Front:67 mm 3
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Snap-on / screw-on

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Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.1 x 2.9" (7.87 x 7.37 cm)
Weight 12.35 oz (350 g)

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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NikonAF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Lens
 
4.8

(based on 429 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (347)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (75)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Nice bokeh (315)
  • Lightweight (285)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (267)
  • Consistent output (214)
  • Easily interchangeable (158)

Cons

  • Slow focus (24)
  • Weak casing (21)
  • Heavy (6)
  • Blurry focus (5)
  • Plastic (4)

Best Uses

  • Low light (267)
  • Weddings (222)
  • Night photography (120)
  • Landscape/scenery (94)
  • Sports/action (69)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (158), Semi-pro photographer (127), Pro photographer (67), Casual photographer (22), Photography student (15)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (358), Yes (20)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A sweet, sweet lens!

I'm an old professional who's owned several 85mm lenses in my career. I'm using this on a D600 FX body and it is now one of my favorite lenses of all time! It's lightweight...Read complete review

I'm an old professional who's owned several 85mm lenses in my career. I'm using this on a D600 FX body and it is now one of my favorite lenses of all time! It's lightweight and compact and has gorgeous image quality--sharp all the way out to the corners, great contrast, lovely color depth, and snappy autofocus. I use it mostly for portraiture and landscape work. The boheh at f2.8-4 (where I usually shoot) is beautifully smooth and creamy. This is a wonderful lens.I used to own the f1.4 manual focus version, but found that lens too heavy and not that useful at f1.4; for portraits you often need enough depth of field to get both eyes and ears in focus, so I never shot wide open anyway. The image quality of this 1.8 lens nearly matches the f1.4 version, and far surpasses the f1.8D version that I also oned. This 1.8G is definitely my favorite 85mm that I ever owned.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nikon Quality Control Issue

1st Copy: Severe Front Focus Issue
2nd Copy: Weather seal has a lot of micro cracks.

I give 3 stars for optical performance (substract 1 star each from 1st...Read complete review

1st Copy: Severe Front Focus Issue
2nd Copy: Weather seal has a lot of micro cracks.

I give 3 stars for optical performance (substract 1 star each from 1st and 2nd copies). If Nikon quality control was tighten, this lens is a very good performer.

I would recommand this lens, BUT user needs to thoroughly inspect the build quality and check focus accuracy.

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5.0

Superb Lens!!!!

By Erasto

from San Juan , P.R.

Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Lens:

One of the sharpest lens I ever had !! Nikon is Second to none!!

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3.0

Nikon Quality Control Issue

By Win Tun

from San Jose, CA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Optically Very Good

Cons

  • Bad Quality Control
  • Severe Focus Inaccuracy
  • Slow Focus

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Night Photography
  • Potrait

Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Lens:

1st Copy: Severe Front Focus Issue
2nd Copy: Weather seal has a lot of micro cracks.

I give 3 stars for optical performance (substract 1 star each from 1st and 2nd copies). If Nikon quality control was tighten, this lens is a very good performer.

I would recommand this lens, BUT user needs to thoroughly inspect the build quality and check focus accuracy.

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  • No

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5.0

Razor-sharp detail, creamy bokeh

By Rod

from Pullman, WA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Great Quality For Price
  • Lightweight
  • Nice Bokeh

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • People Portraits

    Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Lens:

    I've taken decent portraits with a variety of Nikon "prosumer" lenses, from the amazing little 35mm f1.8 to the heavy 70-200mm f2.8, but I wanted to add an 85mm lens to my kit and kwangted one that I could shoot indoors without a flash and still get a good exposure. This one fit the bill perfectly. The range of aperture settings allows me to capture just the right amount of background interest, and the bokeh at 1.8 makes the subject in the foreground pop.

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    5.0

    Great Lens!

    By Marla

    from Michigan

    Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Lens:

    This affordable lens is really fast & sharp. It is worth the investment!

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    5.0

    Perfect mid-range fast lens

    By DalArch

    from Dallas, TX

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Lens:

      I have only tested the lens briefly, but am very pleased with the initial trial.
      I am planning to use it for some family portraits soon. Good fast lens at a reasonable price.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Solid lens

      By Liz

      from Northwest Indiana

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Video

        Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Lens:

        Very good lens for the price. Great lens to fill out your collection. I use it primarily for a medium close and close shot for video interviews. Only thing that would take this lens up a star would be if the focus ring were smoother.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Good Value

        By D Hilbert

        from California

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Lens:

        Nice fast lens for the price.

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        4.0

        Love this lens!

        By Carrie

        from Wisconsin

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Easily Interchangeable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Lens:

          Great for portraits.

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          • No

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Easily My Favorite Lens

          By Pulelehua

          from Jacksonville, NC

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Slow Focus

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Lens:

          I've wanted this lens ever since I played with the same one, but the 1.4 version and LOVE it. I'm not yet rich enough to afford the 1.4, but the 1.8 is lighter and still gives you amazing images! The images are crisp and this is a must have lens for any true portrait or event photographer!

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          • Yes

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          5.0

          Great lens for a reasonable price

          By Charlie

          from NJ

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • NONE

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Night Photography
          • Portrait
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Lens:

          This lens is very quick focus and sharp. I have used this lens for low light events and portraits. I have owned many Nikon lenses over the years and this is the only fixed lens that I use on a regular bases.

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          5.0

          The best portrait lens.

          By the man

          from Colorado

          About Me Photography Student

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Poor in Low Light

          Best Uses

          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Lens:

          Buy it.

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          • No

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          5.0

          I love this lens!

          By MicheleQ

          from Lancaster, PA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light

            Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Lens:

            This lens is sharp, fast and lightweight. It gives great color and beautiful bokeh. I could not be happier with this purchase. This lens has become my favorite go-to lens for portraits.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Affordable and High Quality

            By KGM

            from Madison, Wisconsin

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Photography
              • Sports/Action
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Lens:

              The 85mm f1.4 is an excellent lens, but about three times the price of the 85mm f1.8. The f1.8 offers very high image quality in a smaller lens. This is a great choice when size, weight and price are issues.

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              5.0

              Great on my D810

              By TJ

              from Clearwater, FL

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Video
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Lens:

                Perfect for portraits - love the sharpness and the price.
                Have also been using out on the street, nice and light, just have to zoom w/ my feet....
                Pairs very nicely w/ D810 - sharp and compact.

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                5.0

                Great portrait lens on Nikon d610

                By Dansnickel

                from Az

                Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Lens:

                Love it! Great lens, did see some weird purple and green tinting to some hair that I overexposed, but other then that this lens is awesome.

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                4.0

                perfect portrait lens for the moneyn

                By Kevin Glenn

                from Brooklyn

                Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Lens:

                Great optics. Beautiful bokae

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                5.0

                great bokee at a low price

                By short tele

                from beaumont tx.

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Lightweight
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Rugged

                Cons

                • NONE

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Lens:

                Pics of family and friends

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                • No

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                5.0

                The best lense

                By LarriuPhotography

                from Aguadilla,PR

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Night Photography
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Lens:

                  Very sharp lense. Dedicated for portrait

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                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  excellent lens

                  By Joe S

                  from South Jersey

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Lens:

                    Very sharp and fast lens. Great for portraits.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    pairs nicely with Nikon D610

                    By Dan in Hempstead

                    from Long Island

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery

                      Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Lens:

                      Prime lens that works nicely as a walk-around due to exceptional image quality. Lightweight but feels solid. Quick accurate focus with D610. A winner for hand-held portraits, if slightly too long for small crowded scenes. Take a few steps back! Have not tried it for video yet.Great value.

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