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

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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
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Bayonet

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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
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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
Features
Autofocus Yes
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread 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 .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®

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

    (based on 413 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (335)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (72)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Nice bokeh (306)
    • Lightweight (276)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (261)
    • Consistent output (206)
    • Easily interchangeable (153)

    Cons

    • Slow focus (22)
    • Weak casing (21)
    • Heavy (6)
    • Blurry focus (5)
    • Plastic (4)

    Best Uses

    • Low light (259)
    • Weddings (215)
    • Night photography (117)
    • Landscape/scenery (92)
    • Sports/action (68)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (153), Semi-pro photographer (122), Pro photographer (67), Casual photographer (22), Photography student (14)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (348), Yes (19)

    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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    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.

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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

    • Was this a gift?:
    • 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

      • Was this a gift?:
      • 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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          5.0

          Top notch lens

          By Jessi

          from Woodland

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

          This lens is a great addition to any bag. It had amazing bokeh and is a top notch prime lens.

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          5.0

          Nice

          By jazz

          from Philadelphia

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

          awesome lens

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          5.0

          This is good enough

          By Shane sun

          from Seattle, WA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Weddings/Events

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

            This is good enough for me. I was considering the 85mm 1.4G also, but after comparing them for a while, I decided to go with 1.8G, and I'm very satisfied.

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            5.0

            Fantastic Portrait lens

            By James

            from San Antonio, Texas

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easily Interchangeable
            • 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 purchased this lens to use as a portrait lens, especially in low light conditions, and in order to get good bokeh.This is one of the sharpest lenses that Nikon has in their stable. I also have their 35mm 1.8G, and 50mm 1.8G. All are great!

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              5.0

              2nd Lens for my new Nikon Df

              By Carnpo

              from NC

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

              Great lens. Have recently acquired an FX format camera and this lens complements my FX format 50mm lens.

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              5.0

              Perfect Portrait Lens

              By photodoc

              from Columbus, Ohio

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Portraits
                • Weddings/Events

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

                This lens is a lightweight, sharp lens with a wonderful bokeh. I use this on my Nikon D750 for portraits and performance photography. Sometimes I use it with my street photography. This lens is a terrific buy. B&H is the best!

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                1.0

                Decentered,defective lens

                By JD

                from Raleigh, NC

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Blurry Focus

                  Best Uses

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

                    Lens was decentered. I sent it in for Nikon service under warranty and it came back just as decentered as when I sent it in. This was an awful Nikon experience. I wasted money on the lens, and I wasted a portion of the money that I spent on two trips where I used the lens

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                    5.0

                    Awesome Sharp Lens

                    By SKPK81

                    from Sacramento

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Night Photography

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

                      I use this lens with my D7100. It is razor sharp even wide open but I did see some chromatic aberration at f/1.8 as expected for a lens in this class. Other than that colors and contrast are well reproduced and beautiful boke. It is perfect for portraits even on a DX body, you just need to step back a bit further from your subject. Overall I love this lens along with my 35mm f/1.8 wich is more of a walk around lens but also great for portraits. In terms of sharpness the 85mm f/1.8 is a winner.

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                      5.0

                      Very Impressive Price and Performance!

                      By Frank Mari Photography

                      from Carmel. NY

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Night Photography
                        • Video

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

                        I do a lot of corporate head shots and was using either a 28-75 or a 70-200 but I wanted to get a prime lens to help me keep my sizing more consistant. I wondered how this lens would perform at a price of under $ and man was I impressed! I'm getting tack-sharp results and an over-all smoothness in my shots that I wasn't getting before. It's also light in weight compared to the two zooms I was using so if you're hand-holding most of your shots it's easy on the hands and arms. If you're a Nikon shooter and you do a lot of portraits and head shots, this is a great lens for you!

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                        5.0

                        Great of low light sports

                        By Wayne

                        from Colorado

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

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

                          I think many use this lens as a portrait lens, but I use it as a sports lens for low light situations. It doesn't zoom, but with a 24 megapixel camera, that doesn't matter and it captures a lot more light than a f/2.8 zoom lens at 1/5 the cost.

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                          5.0

                          Very nice

                          By Max

                          from Texas

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

                          A beautiful piece of glass, no ED, but that doesn't seem to matter. Very sharp. I am not sure how much better the more expensive one, could be.

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                          5.0

                          Great Lens with reasonable price

                          By P

                          from Philadelphia

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Lightweight
                          • Nice Bokeh
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                          • Slow Focus

                          Best Uses

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

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

                          Great lens at this price range.
                          Everything is great,

                          But the speed of focusing is lower than the old brother 85mm 1.8D.

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                          5.0

                          Best lens for Portrait work on an FX

                          By Walt

                          from Fishers, Indiana

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • NONE

                          Best Uses

                          • Portature

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

                          I have been saving and waiting to purchase this lens for doing portrait work. I was using a Nikor 18-300 mm in the past but the lack of the low f1.8 aperature didn't allow for the sharpness and bokeh that I was looking for. I have a wedding to shoot and will use this lens on my Nikon D5300 and the 18-300 on my Nikon D5100. Very pleased with all Nikon products and B&H's quick service.

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                          5.0

                          Great lens, great price

                          By Chris Perona

                          from Paris, France

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Lightweight
                          • Nice Bokeh

                          Cons

                          • Plastic construction

                          Best Uses

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

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

                          The main discussion is which lens choose: Nikon 1.4 or 1.8... not tried the 1.4 yet but after reading a few forums reviews it's seem the result you'll get from one lens to the other it doesn't worth the price difference... with my 1.8 a really pleased and satisfied.
                          Surely the construction is weaker but is lighter too.

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                          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!

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                            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.

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