Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D Lens

Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D Lens

Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D Lens - Refurbished

Used Cat.# RBN8518DAF MFR # 1931B
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  • F Mount Lens/ FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to 16
  • Super Integrated Lens Coating
  • Rear Focus System
  • Aperture Control Ring
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 2.8'
  • Filter Diameter: 62mm
  • 9-Blade Circular Diaphragm
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Nikon 1931B overview

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The AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D Lens from Nikon is an excellent choice for indoor or outdoor portraits, as well as indoor sports and stage productions. Exceptionally compact for a telephoto lens, measuring only 2.3" (58.4mm), it boasts a close focus distance down to 34". Its 6 element, 6 group construction with a super integrated lens coating delivers sharp, clear images, vibrant colors and great detail. Its rear focus system enables fast and accurate autofocus and Super Integrated Lens Coating minimizes flare and ghosting. This lens is compatible with DX, FX, FX in DX Crop Mode, and 35mm film format cameras.

This lens' autofocus function is compatible with Nikon DSLRs featuring a built-in autofocus motor. It will not support auto focusing when used with certain DSLRs that do not have an integrated focus motor, such as the D40, D40x, D60, D3000, D3100, D3200, D3300, D5000, D5100, D5200, D5300.

The fast f/1.8 aperture is an excellent choice for indoor or outdoor portraits, as well as indoor sports and stage productions
Internal focusing for fast AF operation.
Subtle blurring of background for beautifully natural and evocative portraits.
An excellent choice for your first telephoto lens.
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Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D Lens
  • HN-23 Lens Hood
  • Front & Rear Lens Caps
  • 90-Day B&H Refurbished Warranty
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    Nikon 1931B specs

    Focal Length 85mm
    Comparable 35mm Equivalent on DX Format Focal Length: 127.5 mm
    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° 30'
    DX Picture Angle: 18° 15'
    Minimum Focus Distance 2.8' / 85 cm
    Magnification 0.11x
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:9
    Optical Design 6 Elements in 6 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 9
    Image Stabilization No
    Autofocus Yes
    Tripod Collar No
    Filter Thread Front: 62 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) 2.8 x 2.3" / 7.11 x 5.84 cm
    Weight 13.4 oz / 380 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.2 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.3 x 5.7 x 5.4"

    Nikon 1931B reviews

    AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D Lens is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 402.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sharp, Compact, Lightweight, & Amazing! An amazing lens that every photographer / hobbyist should own. I've had this lens for about a month now and I'm amazed by the depth of field and bokeh it generates. It is tack sharp, fast, light weight, and compliments my D90. So far it has been on my camera and I'm enjoying every picture I get out of it. It is an outstanding lens and I only wished that it came with a metal body rather than plastic but thats just me. Overall, get this if you are shooting portraits (weddings) especially in low lighting conditions or night time photography. If you do not own the Nikon 80-200mm F2.8, get this instead. A superb lens you will not regret!
    Date published: 2010-12-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Probably the best value portrait lens We have a lot of lenses including the Nikon 105mm VR (I use to own 105DC), the Nikon 180mm f/2.8, the Sigma 30mm f/1.4, the Sigma 50mm f/1.4, and those are just the primes! I love this lens. It's small and lightweight. IMHO, it offers a very nice focal length on a cropped sensor. It gives you the best balance between longer focal length for your background blur and still being a short, easy lens to use (unlike the DC lens!). My copy @ f/1.8 is really sharp. It's just you need to nail your focus at f/1.8. Everyone says how great this lens is and my only regret is that I didn't buy it sooner.
    Date published: 2009-09-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is an amazing lens I am a professional Head shot photographer and I originally bought my 85mm for Head shots only. Now I use it for everything. It is a very sharp and fast lens with Great auto focus capability. Buy one, then you know what I mean. you won't regret the purchase. Oh, one more thing, when you are taking a portrait of somebody, make sure their face is absolutely clean because you will see every little details as the lens is supre sharp. Don't forget to take this lens with you to the beach to take your Sunset shots. Don't worry, even if you are late and the sun is almost gone, this lens will do wonders.
    Date published: 2008-09-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the Lens I am using this lens as my primary portrait lens and I love the results that I am getting. I wish that I have purchase the 85mm f/1.4 but man that 1.4 is three times the price of the 1.8 and the 1.4 is not even AF-S. When an AF-S 85mm comes out i will consider spending the extra cash but for now the 1.8 will have to do. If you are considering the 85mm 1.4 and have the money to shell out i will recommend to just go and buy it the optics are amazing. However, if you are like me that will like to have the best glass with the AF-S just buy the 1.8 and wait until Nikon updates the 85 to AF-S.
    Date published: 2009-07-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great lens / Great value I've had the 17-55/2.8 for over 3 years and I love it. But once you've had a great lens you are spoiled for life. I haven't liked any other lens, including some very popular primes, until now. I wanted the 70-200/2.8, but its heavy and I can't afford it ($2,000). After extensive research, I decided to buy the 85/1.8. I received it yesterday and spent 5 hours putting it through its paces. I love it! It's small, light, sharp and the colors are beautiful. It's a little soft at f1.8, but by f2.8 it almost perfect and at f4 it is perfect. As others have said, this lens is a great value. And it compliments my 17-55. I finally have a telephoto (128mm on my D200) that will always be in my camera bag.
    Date published: 2009-09-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Big performance in a little package I needed a fast lens for streetshooting in the winter. I thought I would have to trade the ability to zoom for shooting in bad light. But with my D600 cropping gives me the reach because this lens is so sharp even wide open. But there is no free lunch in photography. The laws of optics say that the Depth of Focus (DOF)is going to be small at f:1.8. If you realise that, you will be very happy with this unobtrusive lens. It looks quite innocent (as opposed to those foot long teles) but will deliver high quality shots from halfway across the skating rink or volleyball court.
    Date published: 2013-01-17
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of the best values among Nikkors I've used both the 1.4 and the 1.8 versions of Nikon's 85mm, and for approximately half the price, the 1.8 version represents one of the best values in the Nikkor family. It actually focuses faster due to the smaller elements involved. And I've found it to be sharper at all apertures compared to the 1.4, even when at 1.8. The main drawbacks I find are in the build of the lens - the plastic seems very durable, but it doesn't quite compare to the all metal body of the 1.4. Also, I really wish it was an AF-S lens, but I like the aperture ring, so I can use it for my D200 and Fm3a. Aside from the most demanding users, that are quite rough on their equipment, I'd gladly recommend the 1.8 over the 1.4. The sharpness/contrast/and out of focus areas leave very little to be desired if handled properly.
    Date published: 2009-03-06
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great within its limitations I have found this lens to be wonderful in certain situations such as shooting kids (e.g., you can get nice portrait close-ups without getting too close) and indoor sports and performances. I don't use it as often as I thought I would because the 85mm length is not appropriate for many situations, especially with the 1.5 factor (versus 35mm) I have with my digital camera. And it's heavy. But when I do use it, I love the results. With what this does at the widest apertures, I can't see how I'd ever need the much more expensive 1.4. If you are SURE you want an 85mm prime lens then go for it, but I'd think hard about whether you could get much of what you want with just a 50.
    Date published: 2011-10-05
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