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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

  • Included Free

    REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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

    (based on 443 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (361)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (75)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Nice bokeh (324)
    • Lightweight (294)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (276)
    • Consistent output (219)
    • Easily interchangeable (161)

    Cons

    • Slow focus (24)
    • Weak casing (22)
    • Heavy (6)
    • Blurry focus (5)
    • Plastic (4)

    Best Uses

    • Low light (275)
    • Weddings (231)
    • Night photography (123)
    • Landscape/scenery (96)
    • Sports/action (74)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (162), Semi-pro photographer (130), Pro photographer (71), Casual photographer (22), Photography student (15)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (368), 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.

    Reviewed by 443 customers

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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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      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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          • No

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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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                • No

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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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                          • No

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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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                            5.0

                            great lens

                            By v_dub

                            from Rhode Island

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • Weak Casing

                            Best Uses

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

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

                            great lens which is extremely sharp.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            A+++

                            By Chris

                            from Naples Florida

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

                            Great Lens great price great photos what else can I say!

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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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                            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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                                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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