New Nikkor AF-S 85mm f-1.8G


The new AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G from Nikon is a fast f/1.8, compact FX-format prime (fixed focal length) medium telephoto lens. It offers clear, natural image reproduction for stills and HD video. Engineered for use on Nikon’s FX-format D-SLR cameras, the lens features Nikon’s Internal Focus (IF) system, delivering fast and quiet AF. Its fast aperture is great for capturing stills or D-Movie HD video in low light situations or for portraiture, where it does an exemplary job of rendering softly focused backgrounds. When mounted on a DX-format D-SLR, the AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G provides an effective field of view of 127mm.

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I want to buy a 85mm lens for my Nikon D7000.

Should I buy the AF Nikkor 85mm F1.8 D or wait for

the new Nikon 85mm F/1.8 G ?


Your D7000 does not require AF-S lens, but they do offer other advantages. First, you can manually adjust focus while in AF mode ( older AF-D lens have to be either auto focused or manully ).  Second, AF-S lens are compatible with all bodies so should you get a D5100 for example as a back up the G lens will work.

The new lens has a brand new optical design that Nikon claims is optimized for full frame sensors.  Nikon’s exclusive Super Integrated Coatings which helps to ensure vividly accurate color balance by controling lens flare and chromatic aberrations.

            AF-D             vs          AF-S  “G”

Minimum Focus Distance    2.8' (85 cm)    - 2.62' (0.8 m)

Groups/Elements      6/6       -    9/9

Diaphragm Blades   9  -       7

Filter Thread             62 mm    -       67 mm

Dimensions (DxL)     Approx. 2.8 x 2.3" (7.11 x 5.84 cm)     -     Approx. 3.1 x 2.9" (7.87 x 7.37 cm)

Weight                 13.4 oz (380 g)       -    0.78 lb (0.35 kg)

Aperture ring            Yes      -     No

Will the Nikon Teleconverters work with this lens?

The modern Nikon Teleconverters designed for the AF-S telephoto lenses are only compatible with a select list of lenses.  Unfortunately the new 85mm f1.8 G series lens is not compatible with them. Brands such as Tamron, Vivitar and  Kenko offer some nice autofocus capable teleconverters that would be compatible with the lens.  Below is a link to 1.4x and 2x converter options from them for you to check out.

When is this lens going to be available???  



I am sorry, but at this time we have no estimated delivery from Nikon USA. We will post when we learn anything.

This lens (along with others) has been out of stock for some time now. Is there ANY word yet from Nikon USA as to it's availability?

Should the 7-blades rather than 9 deter someone from purchasing this lens? 

I have the Nikkor 85 mm lens f1.8 D which I bought last year (

Can anyone tell me the diference and whether upgrading is worth it or not?

Correction Louise, D lens also works at semi pro level dslr such as Nikon D300 and also Nikon D300s. This body are DX group.  Im using 28mm f/2.8 D lens and also 70-210mm f/3.5-5.6 D lens on it.

Its all about the 50mm f/1.2! that lens is like crack!

Will this work on a Nikon d40x? I'm pretty sure all AF-S work on it, but since this one is new and the camera is not at all new, I thought I would ask. I am drooling over this lens. I have the AF-S 35 mm f/1.8 and it's wonderful. 

Great lens for prep basketball

How much is it? Where's the link to buy the lens?