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

(based on 413 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (335)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (72)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Nice bokeh (306)
  • Lightweight (276)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (261)
  • Consistent output (206)
  • Easily interchangeable (153)

Cons

  • Slow focus (22)
  • Weak casing (21)
  • Heavy (6)
  • Blurry focus (5)
  • Plastic (4)

Best Uses

  • Low light (259)
  • Weddings (215)
  • Night photography (117)
  • Landscape/scenery (92)
  • Sports/action (68)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (153), Semi-pro photographer (122), Pro photographer (67), Casual photographer (22), Photography student (14)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (348), Yes (19)

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

 

Lot of potential

I'd have given the lens a 4 star review if not for its poor chromatic aberrations. Also it's fairly soft at f/1.8 but it's usable in certain conditions. But, at f/2.8...Read complete review

I'd have given the lens a 4 star review if not for its poor chromatic aberrations. Also it's fairly soft at f/1.8 but it's usable in certain conditions. But, at f/2.8 and f/4, it's one of the sharpest Nikon lenses I've used! This is definitely the lens I rely on when I take portraits as it produces beautiful bokeh.

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5.0

great bokee at a low price

By short tele

from beaumont tx.

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Lightweight
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Rugged

Cons

  • NONE

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Video
  • Weddings/Events

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

Pics of family and friends

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  • No

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5.0

The best lense

By LarriuPhotography

from Aguadilla,PR

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

    Very sharp lense. Dedicated for portrait

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

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    5.0

    excellent lens

    By Joe S

    from South Jersey

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • 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:

      Very sharp and fast lens. Great for portraits.

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      • No

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      4.0

      pairs nicely with Nikon D610

      By Dan in Hempstead

      from Long Island

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery

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

        Prime lens that works nicely as a walk-around due to exceptional image quality. Lightweight but feels solid. Quick accurate focus with D610. A winner for hand-held portraits, if slightly too long for small crowded scenes. Take a few steps back! Have not tried it for video yet.Great value.

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        5.0

        Top notch lens

        By Jessi

        from Woodland

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

        This lens is a great addition to any bag. It had amazing bokeh and is a top notch prime lens.

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        5.0

        Nice

        By jazz

        from Philadelphia

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

        awesome lens

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        5.0

        This is good enough

        By Shane sun

        from Seattle, WA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Weddings/Events

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

          This is good enough for me. I was considering the 85mm 1.4G also, but after comparing them for a while, I decided to go with 1.8G, and I'm very satisfied.

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          5.0

          Fantastic Portrait lens

          By James

          from San Antonio, Texas

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easily Interchangeable
          • 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 purchased this lens to use as a portrait lens, especially in low light conditions, and in order to get good bokeh.This is one of the sharpest lenses that Nikon has in their stable. I also have their 35mm 1.8G, and 50mm 1.8G. All are great!

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            5.0

            2nd Lens for my new Nikon Df

            By Carnpo

            from NC

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

            Great lens. Have recently acquired an FX format camera and this lens complements my FX format 50mm lens.

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            5.0

            Perfect Portrait Lens

            By photodoc

            from Columbus, Ohio

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Portraits
              • Weddings/Events

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

              This lens is a lightweight, sharp lens with a wonderful bokeh. I use this on my Nikon D750 for portraits and performance photography. Sometimes I use it with my street photography. This lens is a terrific buy. B&H is the best!

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              1.0

              Decentered,defective lens

              By JD

              from Raleigh, NC

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

                Cons

                • Blurry Focus

                Best Uses

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

                  Lens was decentered. I sent it in for Nikon service under warranty and it came back just as decentered as when I sent it in. This was an awful Nikon experience. I wasted money on the lens, and I wasted a portion of the money that I spent on two trips where I used the lens

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                  5.0

                  Awesome Sharp Lens

                  By SKPK81

                  from Sacramento

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Night Photography

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

                    I use this lens with my D7100. It is razor sharp even wide open but I did see some chromatic aberration at f/1.8 as expected for a lens in this class. Other than that colors and contrast are well reproduced and beautiful boke. It is perfect for portraits even on a DX body, you just need to step back a bit further from your subject. Overall I love this lens along with my 35mm f/1.8 wich is more of a walk around lens but also great for portraits. In terms of sharpness the 85mm f/1.8 is a winner.

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                    5.0

                    Very Impressive Price and Performance!

                    By Frank Mari Photography

                    from Carmel. NY

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Night Photography
                      • Video

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

                      I do a lot of corporate head shots and was using either a 28-75 or a 70-200 but I wanted to get a prime lens to help me keep my sizing more consistant. I wondered how this lens would perform at a price of under $ and man was I impressed! I'm getting tack-sharp results and an over-all smoothness in my shots that I wasn't getting before. It's also light in weight compared to the two zooms I was using so if you're hand-holding most of your shots it's easy on the hands and arms. If you're a Nikon shooter and you do a lot of portraits and head shots, this is a great lens for you!

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                      5.0

                      Great of low light sports

                      By Wayne

                      from Colorado

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Nice Bokeh

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Macro Photography
                        • Night Photography
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Weddings/Events

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

                        I think many use this lens as a portrait lens, but I use it as a sports lens for low light situations. It doesn't zoom, but with a 24 megapixel camera, that doesn't matter and it captures a lot more light than a f/2.8 zoom lens at 1/5 the cost.

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                        5.0

                        Very nice

                        By Max

                        from Texas

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

                        A beautiful piece of glass, no ED, but that doesn't seem to matter. Very sharp. I am not sure how much better the more expensive one, could be.

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                        5.0

                        Great Lens with reasonable price

                        By P

                        from Philadelphia

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Lightweight
                        • Nice Bokeh
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • Slow Focus

                        Best Uses

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

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

                        Great lens at this price range.
                        Everything is great,

                        But the speed of focusing is lower than the old brother 85mm 1.8D.

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                        5.0

                        Best lens for Portrait work on an FX

                        By Walt

                        from Fishers, Indiana

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Nice Bokeh
                        • Rugged

                        Cons

                        • NONE

                        Best Uses

                        • Portature

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

                        I have been saving and waiting to purchase this lens for doing portrait work. I was using a Nikor 18-300 mm in the past but the lack of the low f1.8 aperature didn't allow for the sharpness and bokeh that I was looking for. I have a wedding to shoot and will use this lens on my Nikon D5300 and the 18-300 on my Nikon D5100. Very pleased with all Nikon products and B&H's quick service.

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                        5.0

                        Great lens, great price

                        By Chris Perona

                        from Paris, France

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight
                        • Nice Bokeh

                        Cons

                        • Plastic construction

                        Best Uses

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

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

                        The main discussion is which lens choose: Nikon 1.4 or 1.8... not tried the 1.4 yet but after reading a few forums reviews it's seem the result you'll get from one lens to the other it doesn't worth the price difference... with my 1.8 a really pleased and satisfied.
                        Surely the construction is weaker but is lighter too.

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                        5.0

                        What a Beauty!

                        By marinan

                        from Greensboro, NC

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Weddings/Events

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

                          I love this lens. Normally I shoot events - theatre, concerts, etc, however I agreed to shoot a Senior Picture session for a co-worker's daughter. This lens is fabulous. She loves her shots and I'm pleased (and relieved!) with my first venture into this kind of photography. . . .I credit the lens big time!

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                          5.0

                          Love this lens

                          By Jamie

                          from Texas

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Lightweight
                          • Nice Bokeh

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery

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

                            I am so pleased with the purchase of this lens. I have used it several times and love the pictures.

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