Nikon AF NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4D IF Lens

Nikon AF NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4D IF Lens

Nikon AF NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4D IF Lens

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Product Highlights

  • F Mount Lens/ FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to 16
  • Super Integrated Lens Coating
  • Internal Focusing Technology
  • A-M Mode Switch Ring
  • Aperture Control Ring
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 2.8'
  • Filter Diameter: 77mm
  • 9-Blade Circular Diaphragm
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Nikon 85mm f/1.4 Overview

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A favorite among portraitists, the AF NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4D IF Lens from Nikon is an FX format prime telephoto lens with a very fast f/1.4 maximum aperture. Its wide aperture enables effective low light capture and shallow depth of field control. Its internal focus technology creates an optical system in which only the internal lens elements move during focus, allowing a compact build, precise use of front end filters and fast, accurate autofocus. An A-M mode lever switches easily from manual focus to auto focus modes and the lens provides a manual aperture ring. 

Nikon's Super Integrated Lens Coating improves light transmission for reduced flare and ghosting and the lens’ rounded nine-blade diaphragm creates a more attractive, background blur effect. 

Autofocus is not supported by D40, D40x, D60, D3000, D3100, D3200, D3300, D5000, D5100, D5200, D5300 cameras--lens may be used with manual focus only. Be sure to check your camera's lens-compatibility information before selecting a new lens.

A medium telephoto lens often preferred for portraiture provides a fast f/1.4 maximum aperture for sharp low light imaging and effective shallow depth of field control. As an FX format lens, it is also compatible with DX format DSLRs, offering a 127.5mm focal length equivalence.
Internal Focus technology provides a compact build and enables fast autofocus during which the front lens elements do not rotate, which is ideal when using certain screw-on filters.
Super Integrated Lens Coating reduces flare and ghosting
Built-in aperture control ring
Compact, sturdy build
In the Box
Nikon AF NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4D IF Lens
  • 77mm Snap-On Lens Cap
  • LF-4 Rear Lens Cap
  • HN-31 Lens Hood
  • Limited 4-Year USA Extension upon Registration
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    Nikon 85mm f/1.4 Specs

    Lens Mount Nikon F
    Angle of View 28 30'
    Minimum Focus Distance 2.8' / 85.34 cm
    Maximum Magnification 0.11x
    Optical Design 9 Elements in 8 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 9, Rounded
    Dimensions ( x L) 3.15 x 2.85" / 80 x 72.5 mm
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.75 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.3 x 5.9 x 5.1"

    Nikon 85mm f/1.4 Reviews

    AF NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4D IF Lens is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 272.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great lens Great lens, beautiful bokey.
    Date published: 2015-01-20
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic Lens I thoroughly enjoy the F1.4, I previously had a 50mm-F1.8, but the bokeh you get with this lens is just perfect!
    Date published: 2015-01-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite lens, ever. First off, this lens is a beautifully made, and you'll love the heavy, sturdy metal construction. The D series lenses are a little louder than the G series, but it's still less loud than the typical shutter, so I wouldn't let the absence of a silent wave motor throw you. One of my favorite times using this lens was when I was in the ultra-dark basement of Webster Hall in NYC snapping a performance. This lens, coupled with a D700, found focus in situations where my own eyes were failing me. I purposely under-exposed to avoid motion blur, and when I slid the shadows slider over in Lightroom, amazing low-noise images were revealed. I've since purchased a Df, and the retro stylings of it are a natural fit with the D series lens. This lens is now a couple hundred $ less than when I purchased it. I encourage anyone with a full-frame camera who intends to do headshots to get one. It's a little zoomed-in for an everyday walk-around lens, but I often put it on for that very purpose as an exercise in composition. In the end, pics I take with this lens get a lot of clicks.
    Date published: 2015-01-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from What's the difference: G lens & D lens? Hey there, It just occurred to me that most people reading this will want to know the answer to one very simple question: G versus D? I own both. I love both. I bought both from B&H, and I highly recommend them. As you know, the D was called the King of Bokeh. Hail the King! So, there's a hint that it's a darned good lens. Let's go! Focus speed: D can hunt but I never lost a shot, the G is faster. Center focus: very, very shallow DOF w/both.Ever slightly sharper in G. Off-center bokeh: G is great, but D has that classic look and I feel it is better for portraits of women. Travel lens: Have traveled with both as a single lens. G is superb for landscapes, but D has a gentle way of creating beauty in a subject. Costs: D is the bargain lens of the decade because instead of buying a crummy kit zoom, a mid-zoom that you'll never use and a long get one of the top 15 lens ever made in history. Sure, the Nikon 200mm f2 brings tears and Zeiss 135mm brings men to their knees. But this lens is truly is the best lens regardless of value for the buck with a value that no other lens can beat...none! For 80% of you, this lens far exceeds your ability...but if you're rich, then get the G. When your subject looks down the huge barrel, and you focus on the closest eye at wide open fstop...prepare for The Best Image you've ever created! Have fun.Photo discipline req'd, the lens won't automatically make you great. Always put >15feet separation w/background, use lowest ISO, use stable hold position, and most importantly add accents in parallel plane to closest eye!Shoot in shade...w/reflectors or off camera flash. Buy at B&H
    Date published: 2014-12-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredibly sharp I used this lens for a portrait session and it was even sharper than I expected. You won't go wrong with this lens.
    Date published: 2014-10-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from crazy amazing portrait lens!!! I own a nikkor 50 1.4g but it's nothing compared to this master lens in terms of build quality, sharpness, contrast and clarity! Since I started using this lens every picture in the album I post socially gets tons of likes! The only time im going to prefer my 50mm I guess is when I know my subject will be constantly moving or if I don't have enough room to work with.
    Date published: 2014-08-17
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nikon prices and choices challenging depending on the body used this lens works OK but did not like Not being able to manually focus when in auto mode,, and was not that impressed with sharpness overall...for $. it is $500 less than the 1.4G, supposedly the best of the group, and 500 more than the slightly slower 1.8G.,which I ended up getting after returning this one..,.,reviews and tech reports are totally wishy washy and to really figure it all out you should have to use the three and come up with your own conclusion. Nikon has really become a strange company with their insane pricing and low quality but affordable consumer lenses.,.,and confusing choices . At this point in time, if budget restrictions prevail quality suffers,, recommend this for friends who still do film,.,.,
    Date published: 2014-07-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome lens I have wanted this lens for a long time. I am a weekend warrior shooting weddings, events and studio portraits. I own the 85mm 1.8D lens and it is extremely sharp, but too soft at 1.8. The 1.4D is sharp in the center all the way through, but incredibly sharp from 2.0 on. I previously purchased the 1.4G lens, but I returned it. I actually liked the sharpness and color a little bit better, but did not like the build quality and size. It dwarfed my D7000 camera. I like the old school flare of the 1.4D better. I leave the hood on all the time and the AF noise does not bother me. Weather sealing is not an issue since I normally don't shoot in the rain.
    Date published: 2014-06-02
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    Is this lenses fully compatible with Nikon D5200 ? Autofocus with D5200?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    While the Nikon AF 85mm f/1.4D can be used on the D5200, autofocus would not be supported. For autofocus, you would need to go with one of the AF-S 85mm lenses. You can find those options on the following link.
    Answered by: Christina S.
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    I have a Nikon d700 and I am looking into buying Nikon Nikkor Telephoto lens - 85 mm - F/1.4 - Nikon F. Looking at the lens it appears to be a DX. I know I can change my camera settings to DX or FX but if I were to shoot with this lens is there vignetting if the mode is not switched? Is this a good option? I have read several reviews and all are positive so I am having a tough time deciding which to go with.
    Asked by: Anonymous
    The Nikon 85mm f/1.4D is an FX format lens and will be an excellent, fully compatible option to use with the Nikon D700.
    Answered by: Heather S.
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    Can one focus manually with this autofocus lens? I would like to use it with the D610, and want the option to focus manually. Also: how do you compare it with the 85 mm f/1.4 AF-S G?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Yes, you can focus manually or via autofocus on the D series lens with a D610. The G series lens is a newer lens and it does offer better contrast, color and sharpness than the D version.
    Answered by: Matthew C.
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    What is the difference between the imported lens or the USA version?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    The Difference between the USA and Imported lens is a matter of warranty. The lenses are identical in all respects.Nikon USA lens is distributed through Nikon USA, and come with a 5 year warranty, the first year being valid world-wide, the remainder 4 years valid in the USA only. Please note: Nikon USA wont service any product they identify to be imported/grey market.The Imported lens would have been marked for distribution in another country/region. It would have a one-year warranty through B&H, and need to be returned to B&H Photo-Video Corp. in New York City if it required in-warranty attention.
    Answered by: Christina S.
    Date published: 2018-08-25
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