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

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

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

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

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

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  • F Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/16
  • Super Integrated Lens Coating
  • Silent Wave Motor AF System
  • Internal Focus
  • M/A Focus Mode Switch
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 2.6'
  • Filter Diameter: 67mm
  • 7-Blade Circular Diaphragm
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Nikon 85mm f/1.8 overview

  • 1Description

The AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Lens from Nikon is a fast, compact FX-format prime medium telephoto lens. Though optimized for FX-format DSLR cameras, the lens is equally adept at serving any Nikon DX-format DSLR. The combination of its mid-range telephoto design and a fast f/1.8 aperture make it an excellent option for shooting both still images and HD video in low light scenarios. Available light shooters will love the wide-open effect when shooting intimate portraits; in-focus subjects will stay sharp, while distracting backgrounds will melt into a pleasing soft blur. When mounted on a DX-format DSLR, this 85mm prime delivers an apparent focal length of approximately 127mm.

The lens boasts Silent Wave Motor technology (AFS) and Internal Focus for fast and quiet autofocus that won't alter the length of the lens, thus preserving working distance throughout the focus range. The Silent Wave Motor utilizes ultrasonic (inaudible) vibrations instead of a gear system to focus the lens, offering beautifully smooth, silent and accurate autofocus operation.

When fine manual focusing is required, just rotate the lens focus ring. The M/A mode switch offers a seamless override of the AF system with practically no time lag at all! Nikon's Super Integrated Coating (SIC) improves light transmission and provides better color consistency and minimized flare.

The AF-S 85mm f/1.8 is lightweight, fast, and easy to tote around. Weighing in at 8.0 oz less than the venerable 85mm f/1.4 - shooters that favor prime lenses can toss this optic in their gear bag without hesitation - it's small enough and light enough to take along everywhere!

Fast, compact FX-format prime medium telephoto lens. Fast maximum aperture is great for capturing stills or HD video in low light situations, and for head and shoulder portraiture, weddings and concerts
Take flattering portraits under all lighting conditions: Great for studio, on-set or available light shooting, as well as capturing still images or HD videos of subjects with attractive skin tones and producing beautiful background blur. When you want to isolate your subject from the background in indoor or outdoor photography, this lens renders a gorgeous natural background blur (Bokeh) at the wider aperture settings
Though optimized for FX-format DSLR cameras, the lens is equally adept at serving any Nikon DX-format DSLR. When mounted on a DX-format DSLR, this 85mm prime delivers a 35mm focal length equivalence of approximately 127mm
Boasts Silent Wave Motor technology (AFS) and Internal Focus for fast and quiet autofocus that won't alter the length of the lens, thus preserving working distance throughout the focus range. Internal optical movement is restricted to the interior of the non-extending lens barrel, enabling smaller, lightweight construction and closer focusing distance. SWM utilizes ultrasonic (inaudible) vibrations instead of a gear system to focus the lens, converting traveling waves into rotational energy, thus offering beautifully smooth, silent and accurate autofocus operation. Enjoy sharp, clear image quality at all apertures
When fine manual focusing is required, just rotate the lens focus ring. M/A mode enables you to seamlessly override the AF system with practically no time lag at all, even during AF servo operation and regardless of which AF mode is in use!
Nikon's Super Integrated Coating (SIC) is a multi-layer lens coating that improves light transmission, provides better color consistency, and minimizes ghost and flare to a negligible level. Enjoy reduced reflection in the wider wavelength range and exceptional color balance and reproduction
Rounded 7-blade diaphragm that creates a gorgeous natural background blur (Bokeh) at the wider aperture settings
UPC: 018208022014
In the Box
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Lens
  • HB-62 Bayonet Lens Hood
  • 67mm Snap-On Lens Cap
  • LF-4 Rear Lens Cap
  • CL-1015 Soft Lens Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Limited 4-Year USA Extension upon Registration
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    Nikon 85mm f/1.8 specs

    Performance
    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

    Bayonet

    Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
    Nikon DX
    Angle of View 28° 30'
    DX Picture Angle: 18° 50'

    FX: 28° 30'
    DX: 18° 50'

    Minimum Focus Distance 2.62' (.8 m)
    Magnification 0.12x
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:8.33
    Optical Design 9 Elements in 9 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 7, Rounded
    Features
    Image Stabilization No
    Autofocus Yes
    Tripod Collar No
    Physical
    Filter Thread Front: 67 mm

    Snap-on / screw-on

    Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.1 x 2.9" (7.87 x 7.37 cm)
    Weight 12.35 oz (350 g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.7 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.4 x 5.1 x 5.0"

    Nikon 85mm f/1.8 reviews

    AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Lens is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 576.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Bang for the Buck For it's price, this lens delivers on so many levels. Its constructed well, yet its not too heavy and cumbersome. Auto focus is quick and accurate. No AF adjustment was needed on my copy, even wide open. The lens has not flaws that I can tell even when shooting wide open (though in some situations I did get some CA at 1.8). It is tack sharp at wide open. Bokeh is creamy and dreamy. The 1.4 is creamier and dreamier... but the performance between the two is so unbelievably close that its hard to justify the extra thousand dollars or so just to get 2/3 additional stops of light and a creamier and shallower depth of field.
    Date published: 2012-10-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Investment in Beauty Last spring, I decided that I wanted to get off my iPhone, take better photographs and actually learn how my camera works. Currently, I'm taking a photojournalism class and have begun working on a photographic portrait series. So far, I'm heavily considering the Nikon D500. In the meantime, I'm investing in some prime lenses. This 85mm lens renders beautiful photographs on my old D40X. I can't wait to see how it performs on a newer Nikon DSLR. B & H offers exceptional customer service. The reps are so knowledgeable, as they are instrumental in helping one make the right gear decisions with confidence. I'm very happy with this purchase.
    Date published: 2017-10-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic must-have I finally bought this to have an easy to pack medium-tele lens to compliment the Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8 that I use every day. I shoot a lot of indoor presentations and formal events where this bright 85mm comes in very handy. It is a sharp lens. Not razor sharp as some reviewers say, but very sharp with the ability to resolve really pleasing levels of detail even at f/2. The images are sharp across the entire field with both DX and FX sensor cameras. It makes for a nice bright viewfinder and the autofocus is quick and accurate. I'm also using it for casual outdoor and formal studio portraits and like the way the pictures look. A classic, must-have, very good quality lens.
    Date published: 2015-05-14
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sharp, Affordable, but no VR It's hard to say anything negative about this lens because by all accounts it's a very sharp and mostly affordable lens though the lens that it's replacing, the 85mm 1.8D lens was no slouch either. I mostly upgraded because I wanted a more pleasing bokeh and am happy. A couple of negative things however: for the life of me I can't understand why the absolute cheapest lens that Nikon has, the 18-55mm kit lens comes with built-in vibration reduction and neither this lens or the 1.4 version don't. It would be very handy. Another negative thing is that the focusing speed is rather slow and even slower than the screwdriver version.
    Date published: 2013-03-12
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Terrific lens The optics are sharp, sharp, and sharp. The bokeh as you can see is gorgeous. I've used this lens for a variety of tasks, portraits, scenics, in and out of the studio and it has proven reliable. I have not yet exposed it to serious inclement weather, so I won't comment on that.. The lens does fail to auto focus at times, but you'll quickly learn when it will potentially happen and you can over ride the autofocus quickly. Additionally, for $ the build quality could be better. It's plastic, thus light, and consequently does not feel terribly durable. Lastly it's auto focus is acceptable, but not fast. Forget using it for sports.
    Date published: 2014-03-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great portrait Lens This a bargain lens that is very close to the 85MM 1.4 in bokeh. This is not a fast focusing lens, so this is not for shooting professional sports, but you get beautiful portraits with it. Please check out the photozone review of it, and proceed to purchase. This is classic focal length on FF, and you can also shoot it on DX (127.5mm 35mm eq). I am very happy with the sharpness of the lens. Please do AF fine tune if you notice the liveview focus differs from regular focus. The focus band at 1.8 is razor thin and you want to make sure that your camera is not back or front focusing. To know how to do that check out the article on the D800E in luminous-landscape.
    Date published: 2012-06-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Fast Medium Telephoto Although I have at least three other Nikkor lenses that cover 85mm (classic 85mm manual focus f/2, 24-120mm f/4, and AF-S 80-400mm G) the f/1.8 provides a large aperture and very fine Bokeh for selective focus work. Very good resolution wide open, even the corners, and excellent resolution corner to corner from f/2.8 until diffraction softening starts at about f/11. And this lens has virtually no distortion. Optical performance and mechanical feel are excellent -- manual focusing is precise with no play in the focus ring, and auto-focus is very fast on a D800e.Definitely a 'must' prime lens for any photographer wanting an excellent short-medium telephoto.
    Date published: 2014-01-25
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worthy upgrade from the older 85mm AF-D I use the lens primarily for portraiture and available light photography. I owned the older AF-D 1.8 version and can say this lens is more than a simple incremental update. The bokah is noticeably smoother and the lens is sharper and has more contrast wide open. As far as handling it concerned, I do like the larger size of the lens, although I find that it is a little light for my tastes. While construction is solid you can tell that it isn't nowhere near the build quality of a pro-level nikkor. In summary, although the build quality could be better, the image quality alone is stellar in every respect.
    Date published: 2012-06-04
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