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NikonAF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Lens
 
4.8

(based on 549 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (447)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (93)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Nice bokeh (392)
  • Lightweight (345)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (326)
  • Consistent output (259)
  • Easily interchangeable (197)

Cons

  • Slow focus (32)
  • Weak casing (26)
  • Heavy (10)
  • Blurry focus (6)
  • Poor in low light (6)

Best Uses

  • Low light (327)
  • Weddings (281)
  • Night photography (145)
  • Landscape/scenery (112)
  • Sports/action (86)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (186), Semi-pro photographer (165), Pro photographer (90), Casual photographer (24), Photography student (17)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (447), Yes (21)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A sweet, sweet lens!

I'm an old professional who's owned several 85mm lenses in my career. I'm using this on a D600 FX body and it is now one of my favorite lenses of all time! It's lightweight...Read complete review

I'm an old professional who's owned several 85mm lenses in my career. I'm using this on a D600 FX body and it is now one of my favorite lenses of all time! It's lightweight and compact and has gorgeous image quality--sharp all the way out to the corners, great contrast, lovely color depth, and snappy autofocus. I use it mostly for portraiture and landscape work. The boheh at f2.8-4 (where I usually shoot) is beautifully smooth and creamy. This is a wonderful lens.I used to own the f1.4 manual focus version, but found that lens too heavy and not that useful at f1.4; for portraits you often need enough depth of field to get both eyes and ears in focus, so I never shot wide open anyway. The image quality of this 1.8 lens nearly matches the f1.4 version, and far surpasses the f1.8D version that I also oned. This 1.8G is definitely my favorite 85mm that I ever owned.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nikon Quality Control Issue

1st Copy: Severe Front Focus Issue
2nd Copy: Weather seal has a lot of micro cracks.

I give 3 stars for optical performance (substract 1 star each from 1st...Read complete review

1st Copy: Severe Front Focus Issue
2nd Copy: Weather seal has a lot of micro cracks.

I give 3 stars for optical performance (substract 1 star each from 1st and 2nd copies). If Nikon quality control was tighten, this lens is a very good performer.

I would recommand this lens, BUT user needs to thoroughly inspect the build quality and check focus accuracy.

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5.0

Great Lens!

By John

from Tampa, Fl

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

I recently received this lens and took it out the next day for a beach engagement photo shoot. I used it on my D7100. It allowed me to stay a little further back and let the couple act more natural with each other. The pictures came out great. I can't wait to use this one again!

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5.0

Favorite!

By ronnel

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

Great partner for my 50mm. Will soon get a 35!

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Stunner

By Okwy Ugonweze

from Nnokwa,Nigeria

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

This lens stuns in every way,from focus speed to wonderful balance on my Nikon D750,to second to none color rendition and amazing sharpness.The resolving power is actually among the class leading in the industry.If you really can deal with a little less shallow depth of field in this lens compared to its 1.4 sibling then by all means buy this and save torns of money.
I have 24-70 2.8,50mm 1.8 and 1.4,105mm VR macro but among them all my go to is the 85,it really has a subtle way to outshine others.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic

By J

from CT

Verified Reviewer

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

This lens is tack sharp at wide open right out of the box! No auto focus fine tuning needed!! Could not be happier so far! Shooting on D750.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing lens at an unbeatable price!

By Jim

from CDA, ID

Verified Reviewer

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

Bought this lens looking to have a fast prime lens for doing street photography and portraits. It's turned into one of my favorite lenses. Great bokeh and super fast. Recommend for anyone unsure about this or the 1.4.

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5.0

Great Lens!!!

By Joemechanic

from Atlanta, Ga

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

85mm 1.8G + Filters = The best deal in town. Buy one before the run out of free filters.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Lens!

By Josh W.

from St. Louis, MO

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

I have used this with my D750 and love it. Very sharp lens for portraits.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing!!!

By Jana82

from Jacksonville, Fl

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Nice Bokeh

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Portraits
  • Street Photography/Candids
  • Weddings/Events

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

The first lens I received was a bad copy, but this one is absolutely perfect! I really love this lens on my D7200. I even like the focal length (around 127mm on a dx)! Great for street photography and candids! Great Bokeh! B&H was also amazing with helping me with the exchange.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amateur's opinion

By Bosoxfan

from Boston

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

I couldn't afford the f1.4, and certainly couldn't justify the extra cost for my uses. I'm extremely happy with this lens, love the skin tones! And I finally have a lens that takes a good shot of my long haired black dog!

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(6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Disappointed

By Jana82

from Jacksonville, Fl

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Blurry Focus
  • Slow Focus

Best Uses

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

    I was really excited about this lens. I have always wanted it, it was my dream lens and the glowing reviews made me feel confident in my decision to finally purchase it. I have had it for a about a week and every photo I have taken is extremely soft, out of focus, noisy and has horrible CA.

    Considering that most people absolutely love this lens, I'm pretty sure that I just received a bad copy.

    I'm kind of frustrated that I have to return it and nervous about trying a second copy because I don't want to be disappointed, yet again. I even got a second opinion from another photographer to confirm that the images ARE all soft and that it WASN'T focusing correctly, just in case it was indeed user error. It wasn't. Not at all. This lens is jacked up. Some photos even look good on the camera, but then when you upload them into Lightroom you quickly realize that you've wasted your day.

    The CA and purple fringing are definitely as bad as everyone says, and Lightroom doesn't seem to help, but I already knew what to expect and kind of accept it. It's annoying, but I can tell that this lens has a lot of potential and is an excellent lens when working properly. I doubt this happens very often, I'm just one of the few who got a bad copy like I said before. Will update if I decide to exchange it.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Fantastic Value

    By Brett

    from Pittsburgh, PA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light

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

        I use this for indoor low light shots and love it. Sharp, fast, reliable. Great lens.

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        • No

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        5.0

        My New Favorite

        By itakepics

        from Collierville, TN

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Macro Photography

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

          This is an awesome lens for portraits

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          • No

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          (4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Portrait killer!

          By AlinChiriac

          from Iasi/Romania

          About Me Pro Photographer

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

          I made ​​some great portraits with this lens: http://alin-chiriac.ro/review-nikon-85mm-f1-8g

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          5.0

          Great lense

          By Surfikus

          from Michigan

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Portaits
            • Weddings/Events

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

            I like the performance of this lense a lot. It's affordable and perfect for portraits - sharp
            Exactly what I needed

            Thanks
            Jan

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            4.0

            Good Bang for the Buck!

            By Bob the Photographer

            from Waukesha WI

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Weddings/Events

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

              I would give this lens a 4.25 stars, for to give it 5 stars would be saying this lens is the best there is, on par with the Nikon 85 1.4 or Zeiss etc. For the amount you have to spend to get the quality this lens puts out is amazing, at 1.8 is a tad soft and has some CA, but this is to be expected, at 2.8 it is sharp, still some CA but easily post processed, then it only gets better from 2.8 and up. Great bokeh, good contrast, on cloudy days contrast is so-so, but an overall sharp lens, and great for potraits. Good Bang for the Buck!

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              • No

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              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Excellent Full Frame Lens

              By Curtis

              from Charlotte, NC

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Long Focusing Distance

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Photography

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

              This is a great lens for general photography, but is a little challenging as a "walk around" lens due to its length. I use this lens on a Nikon F6 body. Its great for full frame, but I would discourage any DX user from attempting this for general photography. It would be great for portraits in DX however.

              This lens is quiet and focuses fast, but I find its minimum focusing distance to be a major limitation for me. I was not expecting a macro lens, but I was hoping to be able to be somewhat close to my subjects, that is not the case with this lens.

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              • No

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              (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Very sharp lens!

              By Hiflyer51

              from Houston, TX

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Nice Bokeh

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Portrait

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

              Use on D750 for portraits and flower photography. Very sharp and good bokeh.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Good Lens

              By Mr Hippo

              from San Marcos, CA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Macro Photography
                • Night Photography
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife Photos

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

                Filling out my arsenal of prime lenses. The lens has a good brokeh and enables excellent control over the image composition. Works well with FX and DX formats.

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                • No

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                5.0

                TACK SHARP!!

                By paul

                from illinois

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

                Very sharp even at 1.8 which I haven't found in most

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                5.0

                Awesome!

                By Jacob Cain

                from Texas

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

                The 85mm is super sharp. I love this lense. It's my go to now for my portrait work.

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