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

(based on 444 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (361)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (76)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Nice bokeh (324)
  • Lightweight (294)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (276)
  • Consistent output (219)
  • Easily interchangeable (161)

Cons

  • Slow focus (24)
  • Weak casing (22)
  • Heavy (6)
  • Blurry focus (5)
  • Plastic (4)

Best Uses

  • Low light (275)
  • Weddings (231)
  • Night photography (123)
  • Landscape/scenery (96)
  • Sports/action (74)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (162), Semi-pro photographer (130), Pro photographer (72), Casual photographer (22), Photography student (15)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (369), Yes (20)

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

Very good value

By Egill Bjarki

from Hong Kong SAR

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Nice Bokeh

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

    There is some fringing in this lens on the larger apertures. Most apparent in high contrast situations. How ever, this lens is very sharp and the fringing is well controlled on smaller apertures. My copy had a bit of a back focus on a D810, fixed it with in camera adjustment. Super light and compact, very happy with this buy!

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    4.0

    Great, but....

    By Alex E

    from Manhattan, New York

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Price
    • Sharp

    Cons

    • Quality control

    Best Uses

    • All use

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

    After careful study I chose this 85mm f1.8 over the 1.4 as it is sharper. Check out cameralabs 85mm comparsion. I got this lens specifically to shoot action at large apertures where spot on autofocus is mandatory. The lens I received had a terrible front focus issue, it was completely out of focus shooting wide open. I seamlessly exchanged it with B&H for another, that is why I do business with B&H-they are great with customer service. The second lens also has a front focus issue but I was able to zero it out with an auto focus fine tune on my D800E. This is a great lens for the money but make sure you get a proper focus shooting at f1.8. Test right away! This lens also suffers greatly with green/magenta Longitudinal Chromatic Aberration (out of focus areas) when shooting wide open especially up close. In shots where it really shows, it is unusable in my opinion. I am a NYC pro advertising photog that has had a Madison Ave. studio more than 30 years. Nikon the whole time. This lens is sharp as heck but is a plastic piece of garbage mechanically compared to my old manual focus Nikon lenses. I guess that's called progress....

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    5.0

    Love this new series of lenses

    By ngt

    from North Carolina

    Verified Buyer

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

    Lighter weight option vs the higher end lenses

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    5.0

    Sharp, light and a joy to use

    By GMan

    from New York

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • 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 have used this for portrait, but with flash and natural light and am stunned by the quality for the price. Photo snobs will eschew this for the faster lens but in the words of others, "the juice is not worth the squeeze". Don't waste money on the pricier lens. This one will work 100% of the time for you perfectly.

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      5.0

      So much bang for your buck

      By Big Red Dog

      from Carbondale, CO

      About Me Pro Photographer

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        Fast, Light, Sharp! One of the best lenses on the market for the price.

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        5.0

        A Great Portrait Lens

        By Bird Dog

        from Erwin, NC

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Weddings/Events

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

          This is a pro lens in every sense of the word. Compared to the f/1.4 model that Nikon makes at 3 times the costs you cannot go wrong with this lens. It is fast, produces wonderful background blur an is perfect for indoor low light shots. On my D810 I found it is one of those primes you really need to have.

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          5.0

          You want this lens.

          By MSPhoto

          from Rhode Island

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          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Photography
              • Sports/Action
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events

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

              One of Nikon's best lenses - and best values.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Love this Lens

              By Sean

              from Kansas

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Weddings/Events

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

                Have used this with my D7100 and love the quick responsive autofocus. It seems to snap in quickly and provides great start images.
                Not a great fan of the hood and how it connects. It does provide great shade to reduce flare.

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                5.0

                GREAT LENS!

                By Alyssa

                from Rapid City, SD

                About Me Pro 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:

                    I absolutely love this lens! I have a 50mm 1.4, 35mm 1.2 and a 60mm macro as well. I took this outdoors and it was awesome! Great bokeh and focus. Super glad with the results so far!

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                    5.0

                    Great for the price

                    By CSM Photography

                    from New Jersey

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Portraits
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Weddings/Events

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

                      Having switched from Canon to Nikon, this lens has been nothing short than wonderful. Snaps right to the subject, liveview quick focusing, and super sharp. I would highly recommend this for any photographers kit for a wonderful portrait lens.

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                      5.0

                      perfect portraiture lense

                      By Nazret photography

                      from Silver spring

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

                      it is the best portraitur lense I ever own iam very happy in my decision to buy

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                      5.0

                      Would buy it again

                      By Bess K

                      from SC

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light

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

                        Fast focus, sharp, great DOF

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                        5.0

                        Awesome Lens

                        By Nukepr

                        from Citrus County, Fl

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

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

                          I use this lens on a D7100 and it is awesome for crisp focus on the subject and beautiful, creamy bokeh in the background. It autofocuses very well and very quietly. I like the way it allows me to creatively use depth of field in photos, with a nice, crisp focus on the subject and nice blur around it. While it is not a cheap lens, at the price, this lens is a real bargain. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants sharper images and better bokeh than variable length lenses create.

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                          5.0

                          great lens

                          By v_dub

                          from Rhode Island

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • Weak Casing

                          Best Uses

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

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

                          great lens which is extremely sharp.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          A+++

                          By Chris

                          from Naples Florida

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

                          Great Lens great price great photos what else can I say!

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                          5.0

                          Superb Lens!!!!

                          By Erasto

                          from San Juan , P.R.

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

                          One of the sharpest lens I ever had !! Nikon is Second to none!!

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                          3.0

                          Nikon Quality Control Issue

                          By Win Tun

                          from San Jose, CA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Lightweight
                          • Nice Bokeh
                          • Optically Very Good

                          Cons

                          • Bad Quality Control
                          • Severe Focus Inaccuracy
                          • Slow Focus

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Night Photography
                          • Potrait

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

                          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

                          Razor-sharp detail, creamy bokeh

                          By Rod

                          from Pullman, WA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Great Quality For Price
                          • Lightweight
                          • Nice Bokeh

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • People Portraits

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

                            I've taken decent portraits with a variety of Nikon "prosumer" lenses, from the amazing little 35mm f1.8 to the heavy 70-200mm f2.8, but I wanted to add an 85mm lens to my kit and kwangted one that I could shoot indoors without a flash and still get a good exposure. This one fit the bill perfectly. The range of aperture settings allows me to capture just the right amount of background interest, and the bokeh at 1.8 makes the subject in the foreground pop.

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                            5.0

                            Great Lens!

                            By Marla

                            from Michigan

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

                            This affordable lens is really fast & sharp. It is worth the investment!

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                            5.0

                            Perfect mid-range fast lens

                            By DalArch

                            from Dallas, TX

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Weddings/Events

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

                              I have only tested the lens briefly, but am very pleased with the initial trial.
                              I am planning to use it for some family portraits soon. Good fast lens at a reasonable price.

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