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Bower85mm f/1.4 Manual Focus Telephoto Lens for Nikon
 
4.6

(based on 8 reviews)

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Pros

  • Durable (5)
  • Reliable (5)
  • Easy to use (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Portraits (6)
    • Studio (4)
    • Travel (4)
    • Everyday (3)
    • Home (3)
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    5.0

    AWESOME

    By Jasmine the rice

    from NY

    About Me Casual user

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Reliable

    Cons

    • Manual Focus

    Best Uses

    • Everyday use
    • Home
    • Portraits
    • Studio
    • Traveling

    Comments about Bower 85mm f/1.4 Manual Focus Telephoto Lens for Nikon:

    AWESOME! BEST THING TO HAVE! It changed how I view photos. Good Job Bower!

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    • Yes

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    5.0

    The Best $[$] Ever Spend

    By CagomoC

    from Marysville, WA.

    About Me Semi-Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Budget price
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Large Glass
    • Lightweight
    • Looks Feels Pro
    • Reliable

    Cons

    • Poor Quality Bag
    • Poor Quality Lens Hood
    • Weak Front Lens Cover

    Best Uses

    • Everyday use
    • Home
    • Landscape Photography
    • Macro Photography
    • No Limit
    • Portraits
    • Studio
    • Traveling

    Comments about Bower 85mm f/1.4 Manual Focus Telephoto Lens for Nikon:

    This lens is now my go to lens for 85mm for portraits. I've been the person to stick to one brand but I believe this lens has changed my out look. I'm now a proud owner of many Bower or Samyang lens, I've always love the mechanics of manual lens. I never had to worry about motors breaking.

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    • No

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    4.0

    Great lens for a great price

    By Manda

    from Flagstaff, AZ

    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday use
      • Portraits

      Comments about Bower 85mm f/1.4 Manual Focus Telephoto Lens for Nikon:

      Awesome lens for the price. Manual focus makes it difficult to use for children's portraits, but other than that its sharp and creates beautiful images.

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      4.0

      Very high value, though not perfect

      By ATXpics.com

      from Austin, TX

      About Me Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Reliable

      Cons

      • Difficult To Use

      Best Uses

      • Home
      • Landscape Photography
      • Macro Photography
      • Portraits
      • Studio
      • Traveling

      Comments about Bower 85mm f/1.4 Manual Focus Telephoto Lens for Nikon:

      This lens is very high quality, solid metal and glass construction. For this price, I wouldn't worry too much about breaking it although it would be a challenge none the less. The image quality is very good. I also have the latest Nikon 85 1.4g and comparing the images there is very little difference. Comparing the price...eesh that's another story. The one real downside is that this is a manual focus lens only. Shooting portraits of still models, still object, or still anything this lens will amaze. Once things begin moving around, it's almost impossible to nail focus at F/1.4
      Still amazing value, I am glad I purchased it and will likely keep it on me while traveling for a cheap and effective ultra-fast, mega-Bokeh lens.

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      5.0

      Beautiful Lens for portrait video

      By VideoWorld

      from Mexico

      About Me Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Studio

          Comments about Bower 85mm f/1.4 Manual Focus Telephoto Lens for Nikon:

          I wanted to have a portrait lens with a fast aperture and the price of the other lenses was too much because I mainly use it for video with my Canon T2i. This lens deliver beautiful images with a lovely bokeh and the manufacturing quality is really good.
          I am very pleased with this lens , I will plan to use it with the AG-AF100 with and adapter and will post the experience on a Micro Four Third Sensor

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          5.0

          Awesome Manual Lens for the price

          By Rush

          from New York

          About Me Professional

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

          • Not Durable

          Best Uses

            Comments about Bower 85mm f/1.4 Manual Focus Telephoto Lens for Nikon:

            I love this lens. This is the only non-nikon lens in my prime kit, and I have no regrets buying it over the Nikon 1.4 or the 1.8, as it performs as well and is cheaper. Sure, it has a slightly cheesy plastic housing (what do you expect for the price), but it has excellent optics, is sharp, has a beautiful creamy bokeh, and is fast. I use it with my AF100 for video use as my goto portrait lens, and love the images it produces, as do my clients. No one believes the image is from a $330 generic lens.p.s. Ken Rockwell does an excellent review of this lens here. I have found it to be spot on:[@]

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            (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great bang for buck

            By A.K.

            from Manchester, CT

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Great bokeh
            • Very affordable
            • Very good optical quality

            Cons

            • Hard to focus low light

            Best Uses

            • Portraits

            Comments about Bower 85mm f/1.4 Manual Focus Telephoto Lens for Nikon:

            Use this lens for mostly portraits but gives the informal sittings great "glamour bokeh". Downside is that it is difficult to get proper focus (aging eyes) especially in low light situations. Never seem to have that difficulty when I was shooting Nikon F3 and a 50mm f/1.4 but that was 25 years ago...
            Overall, if you can shoot at a slower pace, concentrate on the focusing, it is an excellent lens, especially for the price!

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            (17 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            SUPER VALUE

            By Rix Pix

            from Novi,Michigan

            About Me Semi-Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Portraits
                • Traveling

                Comments about Bower 85mm f/1.4 Manual Focus Telephoto Lens for Nikon:

                I have many vintage manual focus Nikkor lenses but was lacking the 85mm f1.4. I am impressed with the feel and quality of this lens for the price. Much of my photography is still with B&W film on manual bodies and judging by the results thus far this lens compares favorably with my vintage lenses in sharpness and image contrast. The build and internal focusing feels solid and handles really well. The narrow depth of field at f1.4 may be an issue for those not accustomed to manual focus lenses but with practice will improve.

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