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

(based on 260 reviews)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (134)
  • Reliable (113)
  • Durable (108)
  • Lightweight (68)
  • Nice bokeh (28)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (16)
  • Pricey / poor value (9)
  • Price (8)
  • Cost (3)

Best Uses

  • Portraits (182)
  • Studio (97)
  • Everyday (55)
  • Travel (54)
  • Home (34)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (74), Semi-professional (55), Professional (51), Tech savvy (10), Semi-pro photographer (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (234), 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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5.0

Great lens!

By MaiG

from California

Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G Classic Portrait 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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5.0

AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G

By Mr. T

from Chesapeake, VA

About Me Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday use
    • Portraits
    • Traveling

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

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

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      5.0

      Amazing Bokeh

      By KSL Photography

      from Phoenix, Arizona

      Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G Classic Portrait 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 Classic Portrait 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 Classic Portrait 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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          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 Classic Portrait 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 Classic Portrait 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 Classic Portrait 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

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              Pros

              • Durable
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Portraits
                • Studio

                Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G Classic Portrait 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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                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 Classic Portrait 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

                  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 Classic Portrait 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 Classic Portrait 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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                          4.0

                          Great portrait lens, could be sharper.

                          By Alex

                          from Florida, USA

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                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                          • Poor Design

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape Photography
                          • Portraits
                          • Studio
                          • Traveling

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

                          The lens is very well build (comparable in quality to the AF-S 35mm f/1.4 or the AF-s 105mm f/2.8 micro).The Autofocus is slow but always accurate (on Nikon D800) it is not an issue for a portrait lens, unless you're shooting indoor sport.Sharpness is excellent at f/2 and slowerapertures, but it is always a little soft at f/1.4 (even with AF fine-tune)ED elements could have help there.Contrast is very good, colors are neutral.You CAN NOT mount any Nikon teleconverter on that lens.Minimum focusing distance could be better (85cm minimum) 75cm would have been nice.I get great results indoor at ISO 800 f/2 and preset white balance on my Nikon D800 (see first picture sample).Overall it's a great pro lens that will last you many years.

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                          5.0

                          works great, no regrets

                          By EvaS

                          from Fort Rucker, AL

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

                                The lens just do a great portrait job, exactly as I expected and read about. Felt nervous paying such a big money for a lens I hadn't tried but now I am absolutely satisfied. So far I haven't found any cons.

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                                4.0

                                Love the soft backgrounds

                                By DJ

                                from Redlands, CA

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                                Pros

                                • Dreamy Backgrounds
                                • Super sharp

                                Cons

                                • Long Min Focus Distance
                                • No Vr

                                Best Uses

                                • Portraits
                                • Studio

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

                                I love this lenses for soft backgrounds as it does it better then my 2.8 lenses. Weight is good and sharpness is amazing. I do wish it had VR though when using more depth of feild or low light. Focusing is average speed but it doesnt hunt which is nice. Very sharp when it locks on.
                                Hint to get better soft backgrounds - put distance between your subject and the background.

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                                5.0

                                Super Pleased

                                By Ed

                                from Bonaire, Ga

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                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Everyday use
                                  • Home
                                  • Landscape Photography
                                  • Portraits
                                  • Studio
                                  • Traveling

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

                                  This lens lives up to all the reports, fast focus and tack sharp. What more could anyone want?

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                                  4.0

                                  great lence

                                  By Hayme

                                  from NYC

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                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy To Use

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home
                                    • Portraits
                                    • Studio
                                    • Traveling

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

                                    Sharp and great depth of filed

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                                    5.0

                                    Fantastic lens!

                                    By Andrew

                                    from new york, ny

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                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Reliable

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Everyday use
                                      • Home
                                      • Portraits
                                      • Studio
                                      • Traveling

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

                                      Fast focus - very clear images. Great lens

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