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

(based on 394 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (318)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (71)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Nice bokeh (294)
  • Lightweight (264)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (251)
  • Consistent output (195)
  • Easily interchangeable (149)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Low light (247)
  • Weddings (206)
  • Night photography (111)
  • Landscape/scenery (91)
  • Sports/action (66)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (147), Semi-pro photographer (118), Pro photographer (63), Casual photographer (21), Photography student (14)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (336), Yes (18)

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

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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    • No

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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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      5.0

      Super Sharp with Awesome Colors and Spee

      By Arijit

      from Richmond VA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        I am using this lens for the last 3 months and I got it directly from B&H NYC store.I use it with Nikon D600 and Nikon D3.Trust me I am overwhelmed with the color of the images it produces with the above mentioned camera.I dont need to mention the speed of this lens.Extremly sharp lens.and last but not the least if you are a bokeh lover like me and it has to be in your gear list.This is one of the best lens I have ever owned.This stays in my camera most of the time.Perfect for Portraits and street for me.if you are thinking to get one of this just go for it.....

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        5.0

        Best Choice

        By Teena

        from Michigan

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

        I absolutely LOVE this lens. When deciding on a portrait lens, I chose the 85 / f1.8 over the 105 / f1.8 for two reasons. 1) I use a; crop sensor and 2) It was HALF the price. I get beautiful portraits with nicely blurred backgrounds and I when I use it for close-up photography, I know that I will love the results!

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        5.0

        Best Choice

        By Teena

        from Michigan

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

        I absolutely LOVE this lens. When deciding on a portrait lens, I chose the 85 / f1.8 over the 105 / f1.8 for two reasons. 1) I use a crop sensor DSLR. & 2) It was HALF the price. I get beautiful portraits with nicely blurred backgrounds. I'm going to try it for close-up photography, too, and I already know that I will love the results.

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        5.0

        5 Stars!

        By Kid

        from Virginia

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

        As a portrait photographer I love this lens! Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a lens for protrait sessions.

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        5.0

        Love my new lens!

        By LMadd

        from Michigan

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

        This was exactly what I needed to get some great shots of my grand daughter. The images are clear and crisp. I read several reviews and opted to go with this lens. So glad I did!

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        5.0

        Amazing Bokeh a logical price

        By Martin Ricci

        from Buenos Aires, ARG

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Photography

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

          I am very pleased with the optics I acquired, the quality is excellent, has great BOKEH (blur) but had wanted to purchase the model F1.4G the price difference I found much to reserve that money to bring me the Nikon 35mm F1. 4G. They can not repent, this view is amazing and the price / quality ratio is great. The portraits are unique and one gets left you a very pleasant taste.

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          5.0

          Nikkor 85 1.8g

          By V

          from Katy,Texas

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

              Received this lens for B&H a week ago and I must say it is extremely sharp even wide open.The lens is very consistent throught out. excellent portrait lens and indoor/outdoor sport.For the price it is an amazing lens compare to 1.4g $$$.The Bokeh is awesome!

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              5.0

              What a Lens!

              By khawk

              from Louisiana

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                  SUPER SHARP lens! Perfect for studio head shots and outdoor full length portraits! This is THE portrait lens for Nikon shooters. Very quick and quiet focus as well as being light weight. A little soft at 1.8, but by 2.8 it is super sharp. This is my number one portrait lens on FX bodies.

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                  5.0

                  Love the lens!

                  By Dango

                  from Winter Park, FL

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight
                  • Nice Bokeh

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    Fast, sharp, lightweight, great bokeh. If you've read up on this lens, then you know what to expect. It's not built like a tank but it feels solid enough. Awesome lens for the money!

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                    4.0

                    For the money, it's hard to beat.

                    By Josh Murphy

                    from Athens, PA

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events

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

                      I bought this lens right before a wedding shoot and used it a few times before the big day. Right away I was amazed at the sharpness and quality of the out of focus elements. On the day of the wedding I ended up using this lens 98% of the day. I couldn't stop admiring the quality it was giving. That being said it let me down on two instances where the autofocus took too long to hunt, which made me miss a candid moment or two. I probably should have calibrated the focus first. All in all, if you're looking to take your portraits to the next level and are on a budget, get this lens. I'm giving it 4 stars because of the autofocus issues I mentioned.

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                      5.0

                      Love this lens!

                      By Teresaphoto

                      from Mississippi

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

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                        Cons

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

                            This lens is as great as the 85mm f/1.4 lens by Nikon for half the price! Love it!

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                            5.0

                            Awesome Portrait Lens!!

                            By Ericjayson

                            from Bergenfield NJ

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

                            3 words only!

                            SHARP - LIGHT - CHEAP

                            what more???

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                            5.0

                            Inexperienced Enthusiast

                            By Rising Son

                            from Bowling Green, KY

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Weddings/Events

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

                              I am an inexperienced photography enthusiast looking to enhance my skills. I purchased this lens as we are expecting a child and I wanted something to take portraits with. This lens has provided me with outstanding pictures right out of the box without having to know much about how to manipulate it. I can't wait to learn more and really unleash the potential of this lens. Definitely a must have for anyone wanting to do portrait work.

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                              5.0

                              Nice and sharp!

                              By WillMac

                              from North Andover, MA

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Studio Portraits
                                • Weddings/Events

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

                                I use this lens for portraits in a studio and also for low light shots. Works really nicely for both. Focuses lightning fast, tack sharp, especially at f8-11. I mean you can see every eyelash crystal clear. It's just a really nice lens. I can't imagine benefitting from jumping to the f1.4 version for all that extra money. This is a great value lens.

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                                5.0

                                Unbeatable clarity

                                By Brian O'Brien

                                from UAE

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

                                I've had this lens for about six months now and have used it on a d5300, d7100, d800, and d810. While it showed great results with the crop frame cameras, it is when paired with the crazy resolution of the 800 and 810 that it really starts to shine. The colors are true, distortion is minimal (if even noticeable), the depth of field is plenty narrow at 1.8, the bokeh is very pleasant, and the clarity is amazing, especially considering the price tag. This lens should be in high consideration for anyone that does portraits and isn't rich, or making a living from said portraits. For under $, you will get a crystal clear lens that will exceed the capabilities of most entry level cameras and some mid level.

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                                5.0

                                Amazing!

                                By Kim

                                from Sebewaing Mi

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Weddings/Events
                                  • Wildlife Photos

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

                                  I was recommened this lens by a group I am in, and I am so glad I bought it...amazing!! Clarity is fantastic..the perfect lens for portraits and weddings..Love it

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                                  5.0

                                  Best lens I have so far.

                                  By JDMarek

                                  from Connecticut

                                  About Me Casual Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Easily Interchangeable
                                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                  • Nice Bokeh
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

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

                                      This lens has produced the best pictures I've taken so far, and I've only had it for a short time, and I have been majorly impressed with it.

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                                      5.0

                                      Great Portrait Lens With Lots Of Detail

                                      By Crissy Penguin

                                      from Danville, Ca

                                      About Me Pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

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

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • GREAT FOR PORTRAITS
                                        • Weddings/Events

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

                                        Good detail and color. Easy to use and worth every
                                        penny. Very happy to have this in my collection. I love it !!

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