What item is right for you?
Ask our Experts! 800.606.6969 Live Chat

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

You Pay: $496.95
Product Highlights
  • Fast: f/1.8 Compact Prime Lens
  • Optimized for FX Format
  • Nikon F-Bayonet Mount
  • Silent Wave Motor with Internal Focus
  • M/A Focus Mode Switch
  • Nikon Super Integrated Coating

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 under ideal lighting conditions, 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
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!
When mounted on a DX-format D-SLR, this 85mm prime delivers an apparent focal length of approximately 127mm
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
Included lens accessories: LC-67 Snap-on Front Lens Cap, HB-62 Bayonet Lens Hood, LF-4 Rear Lens Cap, CL-1015 Semi-Soft Lens Case
Optional accessories: 67 mm Screw-on Circular Polarizer II Filter, 67 mm Screw-on NC Filter, 67 mm Screw-on Soft Focus Filter (not included)
Performance
Focal Length 85mm
Aperture Maximum: f/1.8 - 1.8
Minimum: f/16 - 16
Camera Mount Type Nikon F 1
Please Note:

Bayonet

close
Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
Nikon DX
FX in DX Crop Mode
35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Angle of View 28°
DX Picture Angle: 18° 2
Please Note:

FX: 28° 30'
DX: 18° 50'

close
Minimum Focus Distance 2.62' (.8 m)
Magnification 0.12x
Elements/Groups 9/9
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Autofocus Yes
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread 67 mm 3
Please Note:

Snap-on / screw-on

close
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.1 x 2.9" (7.87 x 7.37 cm)
Weight .78 lb (.35 kg)
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Lens
  • LC-6 Snap-On Front Lens Cap
  • HB-62 Bayonet Lens Hood
  • LF-4 Rear Lens Cap
  • CL-1015 Semi-Soft Lens Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty on Parts and Labor
  • 4-Year Complimentary Extended Service Coverage on Parts and Labor with Registration (50 United States, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands Only)

  • Included Free

    REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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

    (based on 394 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (318)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (71)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Nice bokeh (294)
    • Lightweight (264)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (251)
    • Consistent output (195)
    • Easily interchangeable (149)

    Cons

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

    Best Uses

    • Low light (247)
    • Weddings (206)
    • Night photography (111)
    • Landscape/scenery (91)
    • Sports/action (66)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (147), Semi-pro photographer (118), Pro photographer (63), Casual photographer (21), Photography student (14)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (336), Yes (18)

    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.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Lot of potential

    I'd have given the lens a 4 star review if not for its poor chromatic aberrations. Also it's fairly soft at f/1.8 but it's usable in certain conditions. But, at f/2.8...Read complete review

    I'd have given the lens a 4 star review if not for its poor chromatic aberrations. Also it's fairly soft at f/1.8 but it's usable in certain conditions. But, at f/2.8 and f/4, it's one of the sharpest Nikon lenses I've used! This is definitely the lens I rely on when I take portraits as it produces beautiful bokeh.

    Reviewed by 394 customers

    Sort by

    Displaying reviews 1-20

    Back to top

    Previous | Next »

     
    5.0

    What a Beauty!

    By marinan

    from Greensboro, NC

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Weddings/Events

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

      I love this lens. Normally I shoot events - theatre, concerts, etc, however I agreed to shoot a Senior Picture session for a co-worker's daughter. This lens is fabulous. She loves her shots and I'm pleased (and relieved!) with my first venture into this kind of photography. . . .I credit the lens big time!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      Share this review

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Love this lens

      By Jamie

      from Texas

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery

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

        I am so pleased with the purchase of this lens. I have used it several times and love the pictures.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        Share this review

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Super Sharp with Awesome Colors and Spee

        By Arijit

        from Richmond VA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          I am using this lens for the last 3 months and I got it directly from B&H NYC store.I use it with Nikon D600 and Nikon D3.Trust me I am overwhelmed with the color of the images it produces with the above mentioned camera.I dont need to mention the speed of this lens.Extremly sharp lens.and last but not the least if you are a bokeh lover like me and it has to be in your gear list.This is one of the best lens I have ever owned.This stays in my camera most of the time.Perfect for Portraits and street for me.if you are thinking to get one of this just go for it.....

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Share this review

           
          5.0

          Best Choice

          By Teena

          from Michigan

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

          I absolutely LOVE this lens. When deciding on a portrait lens, I chose the 85 / f1.8 over the 105 / f1.8 for two reasons. 1) I use a; crop sensor and 2) It was HALF the price. I get beautiful portraits with nicely blurred backgrounds and I when I use it for close-up photography, I know that I will love the results!

          Share this review

           
          5.0

          Best Choice

          By Teena

          from Michigan

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

          I absolutely LOVE this lens. When deciding on a portrait lens, I chose the 85 / f1.8 over the 105 / f1.8 for two reasons. 1) I use a crop sensor DSLR. & 2) It was HALF the price. I get beautiful portraits with nicely blurred backgrounds. I'm going to try it for close-up photography, too, and I already know that I will love the results.

          Share this review

           
          5.0

          5 Stars!

          By Kid

          from Virginia

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

          As a portrait photographer I love this lens! Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a lens for protrait sessions.

          Share this review

           
          5.0

          Love my new lens!

          By LMadd

          from Michigan

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

          This was exactly what I needed to get some great shots of my grand daughter. The images are clear and crisp. I read several reviews and opted to go with this lens. So glad I did!

          Share this review

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Amazing Bokeh a logical price

          By Martin Ricci

          from Buenos Aires, ARG

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Photography

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

            I am very pleased with the optics I acquired, the quality is excellent, has great BOKEH (blur) but had wanted to purchase the model F1.4G the price difference I found much to reserve that money to bring me the Nikon 35mm F1. 4G. They can not repent, this view is amazing and the price / quality ratio is great. The portraits are unique and one gets left you a very pleasant taste.

            Share this review

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Nikkor 85 1.8g

            By V

            from Katy,Texas

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

                Received this lens for B&H a week ago and I must say it is extremely sharp even wide open.The lens is very consistent throught out. excellent portrait lens and indoor/outdoor sport.For the price it is an amazing lens compare to 1.4g $$$.The Bokeh is awesome!

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                Share this review

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                What a Lens!

                By khawk

                from Louisiana

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                    SUPER SHARP lens! Perfect for studio head shots and outdoor full length portraits! This is THE portrait lens for Nikon shooters. Very quick and quiet focus as well as being light weight. A little soft at 1.8, but by 2.8 it is super sharp. This is my number one portrait lens on FX bodies.

                    Share this review

                     
                    5.0

                    Love the lens!

                    By Dango

                    from Winter Park, FL

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

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

                      Fast, sharp, lightweight, great bokeh. If you've read up on this lens, then you know what to expect. It's not built like a tank but it feels solid enough. Awesome lens for the money!

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      Share this review

                       
                      4.0

                      For the money, it's hard to beat.

                      By Josh Murphy

                      from Athens, PA

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Video
                        • Weddings/Events

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

                        I bought this lens right before a wedding shoot and used it a few times before the big day. Right away I was amazed at the sharpness and quality of the out of focus elements. On the day of the wedding I ended up using this lens 98% of the day. I couldn't stop admiring the quality it was giving. That being said it let me down on two instances where the autofocus took too long to hunt, which made me miss a candid moment or two. I probably should have calibrated the focus first. All in all, if you're looking to take your portraits to the next level and are on a budget, get this lens. I'm giving it 4 stars because of the autofocus issues I mentioned.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

                        Share this review

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Love this lens!

                        By Teresaphoto

                        from Mississippi

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                              This lens is as great as the 85mm f/1.4 lens by Nikon for half the price! Love it!

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

                              Share this review

                               
                              5.0

                              Awesome Portrait Lens!!

                              By Ericjayson

                              from Bergenfield NJ

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

                              3 words only!

                              SHARP - LIGHT - CHEAP

                              what more???

                              Share this review

                               
                              5.0

                              Inexperienced Enthusiast

                              By Rising Son

                              from Bowling Green, KY

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Weddings/Events

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

                                I am an inexperienced photography enthusiast looking to enhance my skills. I purchased this lens as we are expecting a child and I wanted something to take portraits with. This lens has provided me with outstanding pictures right out of the box without having to know much about how to manipulate it. I can't wait to learn more and really unleash the potential of this lens. Definitely a must have for anyone wanting to do portrait work.

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

                                Share this review

                                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Nice and sharp!

                                By WillMac

                                from North Andover, MA

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Studio Portraits
                                  • Weddings/Events

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

                                  I use this lens for portraits in a studio and also for low light shots. Works really nicely for both. Focuses lightning fast, tack sharp, especially at f8-11. I mean you can see every eyelash crystal clear. It's just a really nice lens. I can't imagine benefitting from jumping to the f1.4 version for all that extra money. This is a great value lens.

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

                                  Share this review

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Unbeatable clarity

                                  By Brian O'Brien

                                  from UAE

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

                                  I've had this lens for about six months now and have used it on a d5300, d7100, d800, and d810. While it showed great results with the crop frame cameras, it is when paired with the crazy resolution of the 800 and 810 that it really starts to shine. The colors are true, distortion is minimal (if even noticeable), the depth of field is plenty narrow at 1.8, the bokeh is very pleasant, and the clarity is amazing, especially considering the price tag. This lens should be in high consideration for anyone that does portraits and isn't rich, or making a living from said portraits. For under $, you will get a crystal clear lens that will exceed the capabilities of most entry level cameras and some mid level.

                                  Share this review

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Amazing!

                                  By Kim

                                  from Sebewaing Mi

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Indoors/Low Light
                                    • Weddings/Events
                                    • Wildlife Photos

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

                                    I was recommened this lens by a group I am in, and I am so glad I bought it...amazing!! Clarity is fantastic..the perfect lens for portraits and weddings..Love it

                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • No

                                    Share this review

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Best lens I have so far.

                                    By JDMarek

                                    from Connecticut

                                    About Me Casual Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Easily Interchangeable
                                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                    • Nice Bokeh
                                    • Strong Construction

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

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

                                        This lens has produced the best pictures I've taken so far, and I've only had it for a short time, and I have been majorly impressed with it.

                                        • Was this a gift?:
                                        • No

                                        Share this review

                                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        Great Portrait Lens With Lots Of Detail

                                        By Crissy Penguin

                                        from Danville, Ca

                                        About Me Pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

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

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • GREAT FOR PORTRAITS
                                          • Weddings/Events

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

                                          Good detail and color. Easy to use and worth every
                                          penny. Very happy to have this in my collection. I love it !!

                                          • Was this a gift?:
                                          • No

                                          Share this review

                                          Displaying reviews 1-20

                                          Back to top

                                          Previous | Next »

                                          Filters & Filter Kits

                                          Show more >
                                          B+W -  67mm Skylight KR-1.5 (1A) MRC Filter
                                          • You Pay: $49.00
                                           
                                          Hoya -  67mm UV Haze NXT HMC Filter
                                          • You Pay: $36.50
                                           

                                          Filter Holders

                                          Show more >
                                          XUME -  67mm Lens Adapter and Filter Holder Starter Kit
                                          • You Pay: $49.95
                                           

                                          Hoods & Covers

                                          Flex Lens Shade -  Flex Lens Shade
                                          • You Pay: $39.99
                                           

                                          Lens Mount Caps

                                          Show more >
                                          Sensei -  67mm Center Pinch Snap-On Lens Cap
                                          • You Pay: $3.95
                                           
                                          View all Accessories
                                          See any errors on this page? Let us know.

                                          Close

                                          Close

                                          Close