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NikonAF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G Lens
 
4.9

(based on 266 reviews)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (135)
  • Reliable (115)
  • Durable (109)
  • Lightweight (69)
  • Nice bokeh (28)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (17)
  • Pricey / poor value (9)
  • Price (8)
  • Cost (3)

Best Uses

  • Portraits (186)
  • Studio (99)
  • Everyday (57)
  • Travel (56)
  • Home (35)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (74), Semi-professional (57), Professional (52), Tech savvy (10), Semi-pro photographer (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (237), Yes (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

... even better than I anticipated

1. Focus speed

I expected the new lens to focus faster, and it is in fact .. quiet. It just IS in focus .. all of a sudden. It...Read complete review

1. Focus speed

I expected the new lens to focus faster, and it is in fact .. quiet. It just IS in focus .. all of a sudden. It really is much much faster. This alone would've made it an automatic upgrade for me.

If you're used to the f1.4D buzzing sound as it focuses .. especially when it hunts a bit, then this lens will be a real treat for you.

2. Focus accuracy

Better yet, I frequently enough got mis-focused shots with the f1.4D ... but with the f1.4G it appears to nail focus at f1.4 more often than the f1.4D
Focusing on a model's eyes during various simple portraits of her, the f1.4G nailed it more often. Pretty much every time. It is difficult making a qualitative assessment here, working hand-held with an f1.4 optic. If either you or your subject breathes, the plane of focus shifts. Despite that, the f1.4G definitely appeared more confident. The focus was accurate and just *there*.

So this is a big improvement.

3. Sharpness at f1.4
I honestly couldn't tell a difference with the central area. For properly focused shots, you could count eye-lashes on photos taken with either lens. Towards the edges though, the G lens is significantly sharper.

4. Contrast and control of flare ...
Here is where the other great news is ... the G lens controls flare much better than the D series lens if you shoot in back-lit situations.

5. Bokeh

I can't see a difference in the bokeh in various test shots with a model. I photographed railings and grid-like iron-work .. things which very quickly show up a lens when it has harsh bokeh. But to my eye, these two lenses had the same great bokeh.

Final initial assessment ... focus speed is greatly improved. Focus accuracy is improved. Edge to edge sharpness is significantly better. And the new lens handles flare like a champ.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Jittery Copy - Disparity in Clarity

Delighted to receive a rare copy of this back ordered lens but the one I received had convergence issues at 8 feet and beyond. My copy drove me to discover the micro metering adjustments...Read complete review

Delighted to receive a rare copy of this back ordered lens but the one I received had convergence issues at 8 feet and beyond. My copy drove me to discover the micro metering adjustments of my D700 which helped tame unwanted flaring. Even with its problems, the lens revealed phenomenal detail and immaculate sharpness; this disparity in clarity (no rhyme intended) drove me insane - like a bad love affair. So much so good yet something so wrong. To prove I wasn't crazy I rented the Sigma 85 1.4 which rendered absolute sharpness in comparable shots. But I'm holding out to see if a replacement for the Nikon will be spot on - I crave the multi-dimensiional imaging promise of the glass and look forward to joining the 5* club when I receive a good copy.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Simply Stunning Results

By Art

from San Francisco, CA

About Me Semi-Professional

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Pros

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      Best Uses

      • Everyday use
      • Portraits
      • Studio
      • Traveling

      Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G Lens:

      Ironically for portraits, I really enjoy shooting with my ten year old Nikon 50mm f1.8D on my D800, wide open, producing rather soft and flattering results. However, after receiving my 85mm f1.4G, I don't think I'll want to use the 50mm nor my 135mm f2.0 DC. I've been shooting at 1.4 and getting a crisp focus with amazing bokeh. Now I understand what is meant by creamy bokeh.

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      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      My favorite lens

      By LHH

      from Richland, WA

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Home
        • Portraits
        • Studio

        Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G Lens:

        This lens is legendary for the right reasons, and it hasn't come off my camera since I got it several weeks ago. Even knowing ahead of time from many reviews, I am still amazed and sometimes could not believe the extreme sharpness that this lens can produce even at its maximum aperture. With this lens set at f1.4, I don't use the center focus point to lock the focus then recompose the frame as I usually do, since swinging the camera like that even just a tiny bit can sufficiently change the plane of focus. Instead, I compose the picture then use a more peripheral focus point for the shot. I also find that color fringe/abertation in front and behind the focus plan can enhance the foregound and background blur and brokeh. I highly recommend this lens.

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        (8 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great, couple of improvements needed

        By Carl

        from Ashtabula, Ohio

        About Me Semi-Professional

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        Pros

        • Durable
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

        • Bulky
        • Long Focusing Distance

        Best Uses

        • Portraits
        • Weddings

        Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G Lens:

        There is no debating the sharpness of this lens and the creamy bokeh.However, a lens that costs this much ought to have a much closer focusing distance. Two feet at a minimum. The 85 f/1.8G focuses to 2.6 feet. I am constantly frustrated by this long focus distance.Second, the focusing is slow compared to some of my pro zoom lenses from Nikon. It should be faster.Finally, this lens is overpriced given the value of the 85 f/1.8G and the cost/value ratio of that lens.If you are a pro photographer, this lens is the one to go with. But beware reselling it will be tough given the 85 f/1.8's popularity and value. I lost about $ when I sold mine, ironically, the cost of a new 85 f/1.8!

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Alway's amazed

        By Kqw

        from Philadelphia

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            • Portraits
            • Traveling

            Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G Lens:

            I am always amazed on the quality this lens produces..Get it if you can..

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            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            best lens

            By tina

            from boise idaho

            Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G Lens:

            I use it for all my newborn sessions.. love it

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            5.0

            Great lens!

            By MaiG

            from California

            Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G Lens:

            Great first impressions. Love the bokeh. So excited to try this lens on my portrait photography. Works great on my nikon d750.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G

            By Mr. T

            from Chesapeake, VA

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday use
              • Portraits
              • Traveling

              Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G Lens:

              This lens works as it is intended. I use it for portraits both indoor and outdoor, and with and without flash. Very sharp details and good focusing. I love the results at 1.4.

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              (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Extremely sharp

              By Russ

              from Ames, Iowa

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              Pros

              • Durable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use
                • Home
                • Indoor Gym Shots
                • Portraits

                Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G Lens:

                I traded my old 85mm 1.4d for this newer lens. The new lens is sharper, it's nicer to focus since the focus overide that doesn't require changing from auto to manual and then re-aimimg the lens. The hood is much easier to use and store since it inverts on the lens for storing. Also I can put the lens cap on without removing the hood. It focuses relatively fast, not as fast as the 28-70 and others have said that it focuses slightly slower than the old model, but I wouldn't consider this a problem. I love the ability to vary my depth of field that this wide f stop gives. I also like the way the subjects pop from the background with this lens. Both images were shot with a D810.

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                (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Best Lens

                By Gustavo C.

                from São Paulo, Brazil

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                Pros

                • Sharp

                Cons

                • Expensive

                Best Uses

                • Wedding

                Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G Lens:

                Amazing to wedding photographers. A little bit heavy but it is ok considering the material quality.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Amazing Bokeh

                By KSL Photography

                from Phoenix, Arizona

                Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G Lens:

                Love this lens. Dramatic depth of field on top of a wonderful sharpness. Completely recommended!!

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                5.0

                This Lens DELIVERS!

                By Tosha Cole Photography

                from Michigan

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G Lens:

                  Totally love this lens. It did exactly what I expected it to. I was looking for an amazing lens for portraits and it truly is amazing. The compression is excellent the bokeh the 1.4 creates is wonderful!

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                  5.0

                  Dream Lens

                  By CosmicMariner

                  from Seattle, WA

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                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Gorgeous Bokeh
                  • Gorgeous Bokey
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable
                  • Sharp Center Gorgeous Bokeh

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Portraits
                    • Studio

                    Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G Lens:

                    I use this for fine art conceptual portraiture. This is the creme-de-la-creme of Nikon lenses. Worth every penny.

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                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Exceptional Sharpness

                    By PhotoMan007

                    from Cleveland, Ohio

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                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Exceptional For Low Light
                    • Exceptionally Sharp
                    • Fast autofocus
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                    • A little heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Portraits
                    • Studio
                    • Traveling

                    Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G Lens:

                    This lens is an exceptional portrait lens. I do a lot of studio and environmental portraiture photography and this lens provides exceptional sharpness in conjunction with my new Nikon D810. You will need to stop down the lens to f/2.8 or higher when taking close portraits due to the very shallow depth of field at f/1.4. The bokeh is very nice. Exceptional quality, sturdy, everything that you would expect with a Nikkor G series lens.

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                    5.0

                    Nice upgrade from my old 85/1.4D

                    By Joe

                    from Omaha, NE

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Reliable
                    • Sharp

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G Lens:

                      I use it for low light wedding and general portraiture. So far I'm love the quality of images coming out of it. Also, it has minimal flare when backlighting subjects with the sun.

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                      5.0

                      Exceptional quality

                      By Brian Krecik

                      from IN

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                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday use
                        • Home
                        • Portraits
                        • Studio
                        • Traveling

                        Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G Lens:

                        I doubt I need to say much on this lens as it has likely been said before. What I will say - fast, sharp, little barrel distortion, and focuses is spot on. My go-to-lens for most of my work.

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                        5.0

                        Picture Perfect!

                        By Scorpion

                        from KY

                        About Me Semi-Professional

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                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Portraits
                          • Studio

                          Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G Lens:

                          Best portrait lens I've used! Crisp clear, no noise and superb depth of field. Albeit it's a bit heavy, what GREAT glass isn't? AWESOME collection to anyone's FX lens collection. Best of all... you simply cannot beat B&H's service. Kudos!

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          great portrait lens

                          By grampated

                          from Sheboygan WI

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                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Portraits
                            • Studio

                            Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G Lens:

                            used for formal and informal portraits Great bokeh. High Nikkor quality all the way. Some say it's to heavy but I like it this way. Started buying Nikon equipment in 1966 when I was stationed in Japan. This is by far the highest quality lens I have owned. A bit pricey but if you can afford it go for it. You wont be sorry

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                            5.0

                            Excelent!

                            By Eduardo

                            from Pereira

                            Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G Lens:

                            Espectacular !

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                            5.0

                            It doesn't get better than this!

                            By Bill

                            from Lexington, SC

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                                  Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G Lens:

                                  Great resolution. Manual focus override. Solid, well made. I'm very impressed with this lens and use it mostly for portraits of friends, family.

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                                  5.0

                                  My go to lens!

                                  By thedeano

                                  from Atlanta, GA

                                  About Me Semi-Professional

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Reliable

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Portraits
                                    • Studio
                                    • Traveling

                                    Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G Lens:

                                    I shoot with the D810 and LOVE this lens. I have used the 1.8f 85mm and while that is a great lens, there is no comparison to this 1.4f. I bought this for portrait work obviously and used it this weekend for a wedding shoot. This is a must have lens.

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