New Nikkor AF-S 85mm f-1.8G


The new AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G from Nikon is a fast f/1.8, compact FX-format prime (fixed focal length) medium telephoto lens. It offers clear, natural image reproduction for stills and HD video. Engineered for use on Nikon’s FX-format D-SLR cameras, the lens features Nikon’s Internal Focus (IF) system, delivering fast and quiet AF. Its fast aperture is great for capturing stills or D-Movie HD video in low light situations or for portraiture, where it does an exemplary job of rendering softly focused backgrounds. When mounted on a DX-format D-SLR, the AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G provides an effective field of view of 127mm.

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How much is it? Where's the link to buy the lens?

I would like to know if I can use my optical Nikon that I use with my Nikon F-100.

I have the same Niikon 85 mm. 1.8 but not G.

28-105 Nikon

70-210 mm manual from my lovely Fm2,

I love Nikon, but, if I cannot use my optical because nobody knows exactly if they are

compatible with all Nikon digital.  I wait for your answer because I am planning to buy

a digital camera and I know you will  tell me what camera digital es compatible with

my lents.


Dora Mazzitelli

I all ready use old 80-200 - 2.8 With f90x and d70s without any problem

yes, you can use G lenses on your f100

that's not what she is asking.

If your 70-210mm zoom is a manual focus AI lens then it will only work with D1, D2, D3, D3s, D700, D300, D300s, D200, D7000 cameras and possibility future high end cameras. Other cameras models will not meter (auto and manual exposure will not work at all). 


What DSLR body are you using ?

Great lens for prep basketball

Will this work on a Nikon d40x? I'm pretty sure all AF-S work on it, but since this one is new and the camera is not at all new, I thought I would ask. I am drooling over this lens. I have the AF-S 35 mm f/1.8 and it's wonderful. 

Yes stacy, it will. Most lenses will work on your camera, but ones that are not AF-S or AF-I will not autofocus. There should be a nifty matrix in your manual telling you what works, and what doesn't.

Mostly what you lose is matrix metering, and fancy features. I used to use old manual focus lenses on my D200, and it did great! :) Now, I use them on my D3s. :)

You will not lose anything when using this lens with D40x. Every functions of this lens should work properly on any Nikon Digital SLR.

Any Nikon G lens will work on the D40x. You will have autofocus and matrix metering.  If you want an 85mm for a DX camera like the the D40x you are better off buying the 50mm F/1.8. It will probably be cheaper than the 85mm and on a DX body it will give you a focal length of 75mm.

Thats not quite an accurate statement.  There were some early series Nikon "G" lenses which are not AF-S, and would not autofocus on the D40 (Nikon 70-300mm G AF lens, NIkon # 1928 for instance).  Its safer to state that "any AF-S type lens will autofocus on the D40x".  Thats the key thing to ensure - that the lens is an AF-S type.

Its all about the 50mm f/1.2! that lens is like crack!

I have the Nikkor 85 mm lens f1.8 D which I bought last year (

Can anyone tell me the diference and whether upgrading is worth it or not?

There's really not a whole lot of info out yet. The Nikon 1.8G lenses (35 & 50) have been quite good, however. In fact, I use the 35 1.8G in FX mode on my D700 quite often. I expect the 85 to be sharp. If you're unsure about upgrading, I would simply wait for the reviews to come out over the next month and decide based on that.

The new lens 85mm f/1.8G is design better for FX camee body camera. Your 85mm f/1.8 D is for D camera body.

Wow 7 bladed aperture on 85 1.8 G.  Thanks for that Nikon - the predecessor had 9...

Emchen, you are incorrect. While DX lenses are indeed designed specifically for DX digital slr's (D300, 200, 100, 7000, 5100, 5000, 3100, 3000, 90, 80, 70, 60, 50, & 40), D lenses are an older generation of full frame lense that can be used on all Nikon film and digital slr's, both FX and DX, with built in autofocus motors.


To clarify, D lenses will not autofocus on a DX body. G lenses will. Is this right? I actually got my camera store to test a G and D lens on a DX body, and this is what they found...also G lenses don't have an aperture ring, which is why they are lighter.

Correction Louise, D lens also works at semi pro level dslr such as Nikon D300 and also Nikon D300s. This body are DX group.  Im using 28mm f/2.8 D lens and also 70-210mm f/3.5-5.6 D lens on it.


According to Nikon; the  AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 G lens is an updated version of the popular 85 1.8 D lens. The AF-S version   is a completely new optical design and features a built-in focusing motor to allow it to autofocus on all Nikon DSLRs. The lens features an internal focus design and 7 rounded aperture blades. The G lens is slightly longer and wider but lighter in weight.

                   85 f/1.8D vs 85 f/1.8G

Elements     6 vs 9

Groups         6 vs 9

Minimum focus  0.85 m (33.46")  vs  0.80 m (31.50")

Filter Size     62mm  vs  67mm

Should the 7-blades rather than 9 deter someone from purchasing this lens? 

When is this lens going to be available???  



I am sorry, but at this time we have no estimated delivery from Nikon USA. We will post when we learn anything.

This lens (along with others) has been out of stock for some time now. Is there ANY word yet from Nikon USA as to it's availability?


No, I am sorry. We have no info from Nikon. Anything we learn will be posted on our web site.

Will the Nikon Teleconverters work with this lens?

The modern Nikon Teleconverters designed for the AF-S telephoto lenses are only compatible with a select list of lenses.  Unfortunately the new 85mm f1.8 G series lens is not compatible with them. Brands such as Tamron, Vivitar and  Kenko offer some nice autofocus capable teleconverters that would be compatible with the lens.  Below is a link to 1.4x and 2x converter options from them for you to check out.

I want to buy a 85mm lens for my Nikon D7000.

Should I buy the AF Nikkor 85mm F1.8 D or wait for

the new Nikon 85mm F/1.8 G ?


Your D7000 does not require AF-S lens, but they do offer other advantages. First, you can manually adjust focus while in AF mode ( older AF-D lens have to be either auto focused or manully ).  Second, AF-S lens are compatible with all bodies so should you get a D5100 for example as a back up the G lens will work.

The new lens has a brand new optical design that Nikon claims is optimized for full frame sensors.  Nikon’s exclusive Super Integrated Coatings which helps to ensure vividly accurate color balance by controling lens flare and chromatic aberrations.

            AF-D             vs          AF-S  “G”

Minimum Focus Distance    2.8' (85 cm)    - 2.62' (0.8 m)

Groups/Elements      6/6       -    9/9

Diaphragm Blades   9  -       7

Filter Thread             62 mm    -       67 mm

Dimensions (DxL)     Approx. 2.8 x 2.3" (7.11 x 5.84 cm)     -     Approx. 3.1 x 2.9" (7.87 x 7.37 cm)

Weight                 13.4 oz (380 g)       -    0.78 lb (0.35 kg)

Aperture ring            Yes      -     No