Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens for Nikon F

Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens for Nikon F

Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens for Nikon F

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Product Highlights

  • Nikon F Mount/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/16
  • One LD Element and One XLD Element
  • eBAND and BBAR Coatings
  • Fluorine Coating on Front Element
  • USD AF Motor, Full-Time Manual Focus
  • VC Image Stabilization
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Moisture-Resistant Construction
  • Compatible with TAP-in Console
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Lens Mount: Nikon F

Canon EF Nikon F Sony A
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Tamron 85mm f/1.8 overview

  • 1Description

An ideal focal length for portraiture, the SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens from Tamron is a short-telephoto prime designed for FX-format Nikon F-mount DSLRs. Incorporating one Low Dispersion element and one Extra Low Dispersion element into the optical design, this lens is adept at reducing chromatic aberrations and color fringing for a high degree of clarity and color accuracy, as well as sharpness and resolution. BBAR and eBAND coatings have also been applied to minimize flare and ghosting for increased contrast when working in strong lighting conditions, and a rounded nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality to benefit shallow depth of field imagery. Classic in terms of focal length yet optimized for the recent breed of high-resolution DSLRs, this portrait-length prime melds a familiar perspective with contemporary performance.

Complementing the optical assets, this lens is also characterized by Vibration Compensation image stabilization, which minimizes the appearance of camera shake by up to 3.5 stops for sharper handheld shooting. Also aiding in creating sharp imagery, a robust ring-type USD autofocus motor with an optimized USD actuator is used for noticeably fast and accurate focusing performance. This focusing system also lends itself to full-time manual focus control for fine-tuned precision. A moisture-resistant physical construction enables its use in trying environments and the front element has also received a fluorine coating to guard against smudges and moisture from affecting image quality. Additionally, this lens is compatible with the optional TAP-in Console for fine-tuning focusing performance and updating the lens' firmware.

An ideal portrait-length prime, this 85mm lens is designed for FX-format Nikon F-mount DSLRs, and is also compatible with DX models where it will provide a 127.5mm equivalent focal length.
Fast f/1.8 maximum aperture benefits working in low-light conditions and also affords extensive control over focus placement for greater separation of subjects from the background, as well as the ability to produce selective imagery.
Both LD (Low Dispersion) and XLD (Extra Low Dispersion) glass elements are incorporated in the 13 elements, 9 groups optical design, and contribute to a marked reduction in chromatic aberrations and color fringing throughout the aperture range.
eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) and BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) coatings have been applied to lens elements to reduce surface reflections and prevent lens flare and ghosting for increased contrast and color accuracy.
VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization is incorporated into the lens' design to minimize the appearance of camera shake by up to 3.5 stops for sharper handheld shooting in low-light conditions.
Ring-type USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) motor and an optimized USD actuator are employed for fast, precise, and quiet autofocus performance that benefits both stills and video recording. This motor also enables full-time manual focus control without having to shift into a dedicated MF mode.
Moisture-resistant construction incorporates seals around the lens mount and other areas to benefit working in inclement conditions. Additionally, a fluorine coating has been applied to the front lens element to repel water, fingerprints, and smudges for easier cleaning of the lens surface.
Rounded nine-blade diaphragm produces a pleasing out-of-focus quality when working with shallow depth of field techniques.
An electromagnetic diaphragm system is used to ensure more consistent exposure results, especially at higher continuous shooting rates.
Compatible with the optional TAP-in Console for updating the lens' firmware as well as adjusting focus settings via the TAP-in Utility software.
SILKYPIX Developer Studio software for Tamron is included with the lens, which, aside from enabling basic raw processing and image adjustments, works to specifically correct for various aberrations, including color fringing, distortion, and peripheral light fall-off, using dedicated optical data from Tamron's SP-series of lenses.
UPC: 725211085034
In the Box
Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens for Nikon F
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • Lens Hood
  • SILKYPIX Developer Studio Software
  • Limited 6-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Tamron 85mm f/1.8 specs

    Focal Length 85mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/1.8
    Minimum: f/16
    Camera Mount Type Nikon F
    Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
    Nikon DX
    Angle of View 28° 33'
    Minimum Focus Distance 2.62' / 80 cm
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:7.2
    Optical Design 13 Elements in 9 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 9, Rounded
    Image Stabilization Yes
    Autofocus Yes
    Filter Thread Front: 67 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.34 x 3.50" / 84.8 x 88.8 mm
    Weight 1.45 lb / 660 g
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    Package Weight 2.45 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.6 x 6.2 x 6.0"

    Tamron 85mm f/1.8 reviews

    SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens for Nikon F is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 20.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Option for Portraits This lens really hasn't received the recognition that it deserves yet. After purchasing the Tamron 35mm a year ago and loving it I had high hopes for this one. Let's just say that it has not disappointed. The Tamron 85mm has quickly become one of my favorite portrait lenses. It is crazy sharp, even at f/1.8 and has beautiful bokeh. Add to that VC and weather sealing and this lens is a no brainer over the other 85s out there. I've been shooting with this on my D750 for a few months now and it almost never misses focus. If you're shooting portraits do yourself a favor and get this lens. You'll be glad that you did.
    Date published: 2016-08-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from This lens produces stunning images Razor sharp and the VC allows me to take shots that would have been difficult without a tripod.... This lens is solid and well built, not at all plastic feeling like many other lenses. Out of more than 700 shots taken in the last two weeks with it, many of them at night, I've yet to find one instance of missed focus and the images are stunningly sharp, with beautiful, rich colors. This lens has elevated my photography to a new level and I can't recommend this lens enough
    Date published: 2016-04-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for Hybrid Shooting I really like these new SP lenses from Tamron. Superb build and I personally like how they render. Still images are super sharp and falloff is great. Excellent video lenses with long smooth focus throw and VC. The 85 is perfect for most of my uses in that focal range, and it has great subject isolation. 1.8 is all I need for both light gathering on a D750 and shallow DOF. Mostly I'm at 2.0-2.5. If you weigh all features and performance for video and stills, price, size, performance, weather sealing, VC in a prime, etc., they are perfect for 50/50 hybrid shooting.
    Date published: 2017-03-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than Nikon 85mm 1.4G I first purchased nikons 85 1.4G but after using it for 30 days I wasn’t too impressed for considering what the lens cost. $1596 compared to $750 with the Tamon 85 1.8. VC. I found the Nikon to be soft throughout the image until f/2. Then it’s sharp basically throughout. The Tamron is sharp throughout at 1.8 and gets better from there. Don’t get me wrong though. I loved the feel and look of the Nikon and the bokeh. And when you did shoot at f/2 and smaller it was beautiful. And if you’re looking for something beautiful and soft at 1.4 then the Nikon May be your way to go. But I found that for my shooting style I’m happy with the look and feel of the tamron at 1.8 while also saving $800.
    Date published: 2018-02-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from a definite winner! I was looking for a portrait lens and the 85mm on a full-frame (Nikon 800E) seemed like the best fit. I researched the Sigma, Nikon and Tamron and discovered a remarkable spread in price. While the Nikon was the least expensive it lacked VC/IS. The Sigma was the most expensive and the Tamron was between the two - both had VC/IS. Then I researched the lenses on DXO and found Tamron to be a clear leader of the three. Have had the lens for a couple of weeks and shot about 200 images and am extremely pleased. Fast focusing, great contrast and color and exceptional detail.
    Date published: 2017-04-05
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Outstanding Lens On my D7200, the autofocus is outstanding, bokeh is terrific, VC (Tamron's version of Nikon's VR) works well (consistently sharp down to 1/50). The lens is big and heavy compared to the Nikon 85 1.8g, but those are actually benefits, IMO. There is CA (purple fringing) but it is better controlled than on the Nikon. In short, this lens is a joy to use, a noticeable upgrade over the Nikon 85 1.8g, and a very viable and less expensive alternative to the Nikon and Sigma 85 1.4s.
    Date published: 2016-04-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Lens - New Standard for 85mm in Value & Sharpness I purchased this lens to replace my Nikon 85mm f/1.8G. Although the Nikon is a great lens and value, the Tamron's VR is a welcome addition. VR makes a huge difference relative to ISO levels. I also found the Tamron to be sharper than my Nikon 85mm at all focal lengths as well. The Tamron is a bit heavier than the Nikon, but still a very comfortable weight. Tamron has been doing a great job lately in upping its game and producing lenses on par with, if not better than, the other leading manufacturers. Make sure you get a good copy of the Tamron, however. I had to send my first one back, as even with +15 in AF Fine Tuning adjustments, it was not as sharp as I expected. The second one, however, was perfect, with no adjustments in AF Fine Tuning needed.
    Date published: 2017-01-21
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Sharp, but has autofocus issues I have two Nikons professional zooms -- the 24-70 f/2.8E and the 70-200mm f/2.8G but was looking to supplement the longer zoom with a prime option. The Tamron 85 gets good reviews and comes with the bonus of having stabilization (VC is Tamrons term), which is unique in its class. I really wanted to love this lens, but my overall experience wasnt good. The first red flag was that the lens was front-focusing severely and required a +18 adjustment in AF fine-tune on my D750. Having made the adjustment, though, it seemed to focus well at all distances, and I was very impressed with the sharpness of the lens. I compared it to my Nikon 50mm f/1.8 -- I know, it's not exactly apples to apples -- but the Tamron was WAY sharper. (I guess it should be for 3x the price.) But just for comparison, the Tamron was as sharp in the center of the frame at f/1.8 as the Nikon was at f/4. And the Nikon didn't catch up to the Tamron in the corners until around f/5.6. The second red flag, though, and really the nail in the coffin, was the results I got during a portrait session last weekend. The autofocus was just very inconsistent and the lens missed at least 30% of the time. Some of the shots were back-focused, some were front-focused, and on some it was hard to tell. At first I wondered if it could have been that I was using some of the outer focus points in my session, whereas Id been using only the center point in my initial testing. That wasnt it. It was just inconsistent and I cant live with that. Some Nikon users have been very happy with this lens and other Tamrons, especially the newer SP models. Perhaps I got a bad copy and a second one would perform flawlessly, but my recent experience with the new 70-200mm f/2.8 G2 was similarly uninspiring, so Im returning both and am not inclined to try the brand again. (There are many reports of third-party lenses having focus issues with Nikon bodies, and one reviewer at CameraLabs attributes this to the fact that Nikon does not share its AF algorithms with other manufacturers. I have no idea how true this is, but it makes sense to me, as there seem to be fewer complaints when Sigma and Tamron lenses are used with Canon or Sony bodies.) On the plus side, this lens is very attractive and has great build quality. When it nails focus, its as sharp as I could hope for. The VC on the lens is useful, but not impressive. I had some blurred images even at 1/60. The downside for me was simply the AF inconsistency. If the accuracy rate had been even 90% I probably would have kept the lens. (My better Nikons are 95-98% under good conditions.) But a sharp lens that can't deliver consistently is a no-go for me.
    Date published: 2017-04-18
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    Designed for use with:

    • Nikon D3200
    • Nikon D3300
    • Nikon D3400
    • Nikon D4s
    • Nikon D5
    • Nikon D500
    • Nikon D5200
    • Nikon D5300
    • Nikon D5500
    • Nikon D5600
    • Nikon D610
    • Nikon D7100
    • Nikon D7200
    • Nikon D750
    • Nikon D7500
    • Nikon D810
    • Nikon D810A
    • Nikon D850
    • Nikon Df
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