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

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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)
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Lens
  • HB-62 Bayonet Lens Hood
  • 67mm Snap-On Lens Cap
  • LF-4 Rear Lens Cap
  • CL-1015 Soft Lens Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Limited 4-Year USA Extension upon Registration

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    REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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

    (based on 451 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (366)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (77)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Nice bokeh (327)
    • Lightweight (297)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (279)
    • Consistent output (219)
    • Easily interchangeable (161)

    Cons

    • Slow focus (24)
    • Weak casing (23)
    • Heavy (7)
    • Blurry focus (5)
    • Plastic (4)

    Best Uses

    • Low light (278)
    • Weddings (234)
    • Night photography (124)
    • Landscape/scenery (97)
    • Sports/action (75)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (164), Semi-pro photographer (131), Pro photographer (73), Casual photographer (22), Photography student (15)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (373), 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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    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

    Love this lens!

    By Candle lady

    from Utah

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

    Love love love this lens. I have a cheap 50 mm and really debated whether to buy a more expensive one or the 85 mm. So happy I went with the 85. Great lens for portraits. Great lens for the money. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to upgrade from the 50 mm.

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    5.0

    Classic must-have

    By Jim in CNY

    from Central New York

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to carry
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Great image quality
    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Night Photography
      • Portrature
      • Sports/Action
      • Weddings/Events

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

      I finally bought this to have an easy to pack medium-tele lens to compliment the Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8 that I use every day. I shoot a lot of indoor presentations and formal events where this bright 85mm comes in very handy. It is a sharp lens. Not razor sharp as some reviewers say, but very sharp with the ability to resolve really pleasing levels of detail even at f/2. The images are sharp across the entire field with both DX and FX sensor cameras. It makes for a nice bright viewfinder and the autofocus is quick and accurate. I'm also using it for casual outdoor and formal studio portraits and like the way the pictures look. A classic, must-have, very good quality lens.

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      3.0

      The Nikon 85MM D is far superior

      By Montreal Canadians fan

      from Montreal

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Difficult to Clean
      • Lens Creep
      • Weak Casing

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Weddings/Events

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

      I have had the opportunity to try the 85MM D and and the 85mm G. The differences are like light and day. To start off, the 85D is better built. More metal, stronger barrel, sharper results as well,
      The 85G is not the same robust lens as its sister.
      It is mostly plastic, and frankly, not worth considering. Not impressed, Save your money and buy this besuty second hand. Finally, the bokeh on the 85 D is dreamy..

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      4.0

      Needed some fine tuning, but super sharp

      By davelawler

      from New England

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Needed Af Tuning

      Best Uses

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

        My first outing was a little disappointing, as every image was significantly front focused. I was pixel peeping, admittedly; but who wouldn't? It was off enough that even moderate prints looked 'off'. Anyway, it's perfect after AF fine tuning -- my copy on my body required a +13 adjustment.

        Otherwise the build quality is fine, the focus quick. I'm very happy with it.

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        5.0

        Great Glass

        By Birdi

        from Charlotte, NC

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          I use this lens for portraits and weddings. Nice build. Takes sharp images. Sharpest images at f2-2.2

          Can't say I have anything bad to say about the 85mm. I am really pleased with it.

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          5.0

          Great lens for the right occasions

          By jeff

          from brooklyn, ny

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

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

            This is not one of those use-for-anything type of lens. But when you have the right composition (everything fits into the frame) the shots come out amazing. Love the blur effect in the background.
            Keep in mind this lens wouldn't be able to focus closer than 2.5 feet.

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            5.0

            Love the 85!

            By Liz

            from Vt

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

            Love the 85, works exactly as I had hoped and expected. Image is crystal clear, focus is spot on!

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            5.0

            Very good value

            By Egill Bjarki

            from Hong Kong SAR

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Sports/Action
              • Weddings/Events

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

              There is some fringing in this lens on the larger apertures. Most apparent in high contrast situations. How ever, this lens is very sharp and the fringing is well controlled on smaller apertures. My copy had a bit of a back focus on a D810, fixed it with in camera adjustment. Super light and compact, very happy with this buy!

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              4.0

              Great, but....

              By Alex E

              from Manhattan, New York

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Price
              • Sharp

              Cons

              • Quality control

              Best Uses

              • All use

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

              After careful study I chose this 85mm f1.8 over the 1.4 as it is sharper. Check out cameralabs 85mm comparsion. I got this lens specifically to shoot action at large apertures where spot on autofocus is mandatory. The lens I received had a terrible front focus issue, it was completely out of focus shooting wide open. I seamlessly exchanged it with B&H for another, that is why I do business with B&H-they are great with customer service. The second lens also has a front focus issue but I was able to zero it out with an auto focus fine tune on my D800E. This is a great lens for the money but make sure you get a proper focus shooting at f1.8. Test right away! This lens also suffers greatly with green/magenta Longitudinal Chromatic Aberration (out of focus areas) when shooting wide open especially up close. In shots where it really shows, it is unusable in my opinion. I am a NYC pro advertising photog that has had a Madison Ave. studio more than 30 years. Nikon the whole time. This lens is sharp as heck but is a plastic piece of garbage mechanically compared to my old manual focus Nikon lenses. I guess that's called progress....

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              5.0

              Love this new series of lenses

              By ngt

              from North Carolina

              Verified Buyer

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

              Lighter weight option vs the higher end lenses

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              5.0

              Sharp, light and a joy to use

              By GMan

              from New York

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • 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:

                I have used this for portrait, but with flash and natural light and am stunned by the quality for the price. Photo snobs will eschew this for the faster lens but in the words of others, "the juice is not worth the squeeze". Don't waste money on the pricier lens. This one will work 100% of the time for you perfectly.

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                5.0

                So much bang for your buck

                By Big Red Dog

                from Carbondale, CO

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

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

                  Fast, Light, Sharp! One of the best lenses on the market for the price.

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                  5.0

                  A Great Portrait Lens

                  By Bird Dog

                  from Erwin, NC

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Nice Bokeh

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Weddings/Events

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

                    This is a pro lens in every sense of the word. Compared to the f/1.4 model that Nikon makes at 3 times the costs you cannot go wrong with this lens. It is fast, produces wonderful background blur an is perfect for indoor low light shots. On my D810 I found it is one of those primes you really need to have.

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                    5.0

                    You want this lens.

                    By MSPhoto

                    from Rhode Island

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

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

                        One of Nikon's best lenses - and best values.

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                        5.0

                        Love this Lens

                        By Sean

                        from Kansas

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Weddings/Events

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

                          Have used this with my D7100 and love the quick responsive autofocus. It seems to snap in quickly and provides great start images.
                          Not a great fan of the hood and how it connects. It does provide great shade to reduce flare.

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                          5.0

                          GREAT LENS!

                          By Alyssa

                          from Rapid City, SD

                          About Me Pro 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:

                              I absolutely love this lens! I have a 50mm 1.4, 35mm 1.2 and a 60mm macro as well. I took this outdoors and it was awesome! Great bokeh and focus. Super glad with the results so far!

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                              5.0

                              Great for the price

                              By CSM Photography

                              from New Jersey

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Portraits
                                • Sports/Action
                                • Weddings/Events

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

                                Having switched from Canon to Nikon, this lens has been nothing short than wonderful. Snaps right to the subject, liveview quick focusing, and super sharp. I would highly recommend this for any photographers kit for a wonderful portrait lens.

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                                5.0

                                perfect portraiture lense

                                By Nazret photography

                                from Silver spring

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

                                it is the best portraitur lense I ever own iam very happy in my decision to buy

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                                5.0

                                Would buy it again

                                By Bess K

                                from SC

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors/Low Light

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

                                  Fast focus, sharp, great DOF

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                                  5.0

                                  Awesome Lens

                                  By Nukepr

                                  from Citrus County, Fl

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

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

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

                                    I use this lens on a D7100 and it is awesome for crisp focus on the subject and beautiful, creamy bokeh in the background. It autofocuses very well and very quietly. I like the way it allows me to creatively use depth of field in photos, with a nice, crisp focus on the subject and nice blur around it. While it is not a cheap lens, at the price, this lens is a real bargain. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants sharper images and better bokeh than variable length lenses create.

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