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

(based on 539 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (438)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (93)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Nice bokeh (390)
  • Lightweight (345)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (326)
  • Consistent output (259)
  • Easily interchangeable (195)

Cons

  • Slow focus (31)
  • Weak casing (26)
  • Heavy (9)
  • Poor in low light (6)
  • Blurry focus (5)

Best Uses

  • Low light (327)
  • Weddings (280)
  • Night photography (145)
  • Landscape/scenery (112)
  • Sports/action (86)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (185), Semi-pro photographer (165), Pro photographer (90), Casual photographer (24), Photography student (17)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (445), Yes (21)

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

 

Nikon Quality Control Issue

1st Copy: Severe Front Focus Issue
2nd Copy: Weather seal has a lot of micro cracks.

I give 3 stars for optical performance (substract 1 star each from 1st...Read complete review

1st Copy: Severe Front Focus Issue
2nd Copy: Weather seal has a lot of micro cracks.

I give 3 stars for optical performance (substract 1 star each from 1st and 2nd copies). If Nikon quality control was tighten, this lens is a very good performer.

I would recommand this lens, BUT user needs to thoroughly inspect the build quality and check focus accuracy.

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5.0

Fantastic Value

By Brett

from Pittsburgh, PA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Reviewer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light

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

      I use this for indoor low light shots and love it. Sharp, fast, reliable. Great lens.

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      • No

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      5.0

      My New Favorite

      By itakepics

      from Collierville, TN

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Macro Photography

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

        This is an awesome lens for portraits

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        • No

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        5.0

        Portrait killer!

        By AlinChiriac

        from Iasi/Romania

        About Me Pro Photographer

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

        I made ​​some great portraits with this lens: http://alin-chiriac.ro/review-nikon-85mm-f1-8g

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        5.0

        Great lense

        By Surfikus

        from Michigan

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Portaits
          • Weddings/Events

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

          I like the performance of this lense a lot. It's affordable and perfect for portraits - sharp
          Exactly what I needed

          Thanks
          Jan

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          • No

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          4.0

          Good Bang for the Buck!

          By Bob the Photographer

          from Waukesha WI

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Weddings/Events

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

            I would give this lens a 4.25 stars, for to give it 5 stars would be saying this lens is the best there is, on par with the Nikon 85 1.4 or Zeiss etc. For the amount you have to spend to get the quality this lens puts out is amazing, at 1.8 is a tad soft and has some CA, but this is to be expected, at 2.8 it is sharp, still some CA but easily post processed, then it only gets better from 2.8 and up. Great bokeh, good contrast, on cloudy days contrast is so-so, but an overall sharp lens, and great for potraits. Good Bang for the Buck!

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            4.0

            Excellent Full Frame Lens

            By Curtis

            from Charlotte, NC

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Long Focusing Distance

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Photography

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

            This is a great lens for general photography, but is a little challenging as a "walk around" lens due to its length. I use this lens on a Nikon F6 body. Its great for full frame, but I would discourage any DX user from attempting this for general photography. It would be great for portraits in DX however.

            This lens is quiet and focuses fast, but I find its minimum focusing distance to be a major limitation for me. I was not expecting a macro lens, but I was hoping to be able to be somewhat close to my subjects, that is not the case with this lens.

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            • No

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            (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Very sharp lens!

            By Hiflyer51

            from Houston, TX

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Portrait

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

            Use on D750 for portraits and flower photography. Very sharp and good bokeh.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Good Lens

            By Mr Hippo

            from San Marcos, CA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Macro Photography
              • Night Photography
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife Photos

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

              Filling out my arsenal of prime lenses. The lens has a good brokeh and enables excellent control over the image composition. Works well with FX and DX formats.

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              5.0

              TACK SHARP!!

              By paul

              from illinois

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

              Very sharp even at 1.8 which I haven't found in most

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              5.0

              Awesome!

              By Jacob Cain

              from Texas

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

              The 85mm is super sharp. I love this lense. It's my go to now for my portrait work.

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              5.0

              great lens

              By Red

              from Oregon

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Weddings/Events

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

                I use this for portraits, love the lightness of it, great bokeh.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Razor sharp lens

                By Kv

                from Westwood, NJ

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

                This lens is super sharp. Great price and delivery service by B&H.

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                5.0

                What a Lens!

                By Jim

                from Durant, Ok.

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Nice Bokeh

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

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

                  An amazing portrait lens - wonderful short depth of field to blur backgrounds as store bought lenses that come with cameras can't. Great in very low light, too.

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                  (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Very Nice

                  By brich

                  from Atlanta, GA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    Brought this lense as a kit lense for my D750. Has not let me down.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Fast, compact Nikon quality 100% Happy

                    By Jacki

                    from South carolina

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lens Glass Quality
                    • Lightweight
                    • Low Light Capability
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Rugged
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Night Photography
                      • Portrait
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events

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

                      Low light natural pictures. Fast, candid people photos.
                      Quality materials, dependable long life lens.
                      Haven't discovered a flaw yet, and I have my high standards.

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                      • No

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                      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      I would buy this Lens again and again

                      By tom

                      from southern new jersey

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Sub 500 Lens

                      Cons

                      • Weak Casing

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Photography

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

                      love it,It works like it should

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Really a perfect lense

                      By Miles3

                      from Sussex, NJ

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

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

                        Anything I throw at this lense it takes.
                        It's sharp, great bokeh and does everything I want it to do whether out on the slopes or for indoor headshots.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Must have lens

                        By Doc shotgun

                        from IL

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

                        Very sharp lens. Nice for portraits at a very reasonable price point. Just get it...you will not be disappointed, and it won't break the bank.

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                        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Happy

                        By Tom

                        from Southern NJ

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery

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

                          Great lens what more could you ask for.Sub [$]lens

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                          • No

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Great lens

                          By Aj

                          from Carson city

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

                          Great for portraits. Love the bokeh, its light weight and the results are Wonderful.

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