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NikonAF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D Lens
 
4.8

(based on 401 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (315)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (76)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

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    (1)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (348)
  • Consistent output (232)
  • Durable (206)
  • Strong construction (204)
  • Lightweight (199)

Cons

  • Slow focus (29)
  • Heavy (21)
  • Tough to attach (6)
  • Blurry focus (5)
  • Poor in low light (5)

Best Uses

  • Low light (213)
  • Weddings (163)
  • Sports/action (130)
  • Night photography (110)
  • Portraits (106)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (106), Photo enthusiast (101), Pro photographer (65), Enthusiast (36), Casual photographer (29)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (228), Yes (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent for Indoor and Outdoor lens

I was lucky enough to receive my newly purchased AF Nikkor 85 mm f/1.8 Lens by Nikon on Christmas Eve of 2012.what a perfect opportunity to test out the lenses protrait capabilities....Read complete review

I was lucky enough to receive my newly purchased AF Nikkor 85 mm f/1.8 Lens by Nikon on Christmas Eve of 2012.what a perfect opportunity to test out the lenses protrait capabilities. I was thrilled at the Depth of field and Bokah I was able to acheive in each and every shot all holiday season. I had an opportunity to test it during the last sunset of the year and once again I was more than happy with my results. I feel like I am unable to make a bad shot with it.
Thank you so much Nikon! I love this lens.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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...Read complete review

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.

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(0 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

OK Lens

By Lauren O.

from Ottawa, IL

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Blurry Focus

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery

Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D Lens:

Great bang for the buck but I wanted something sharper with better bokeh- so I went with the Rokinon f/1.4. If you're looking for a steal this is a great lens but I prefer the Rokinon MF lens to this lens. I grew up with a MF Pentax anyway so the better lens with the MF instead of the OK lens with the AF was a no-brainer for me.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
4.0

Beautiful Bokeh

By The Duke

from Oklahoma City, OK

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Nice Bokeh

Cons

  • Blurry Focus
  • Slow Focus

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Video
  • Weddings/Events
  • Wildlife Photos

Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D Lens:

Great for portraits. Great depth of field, great bokeh. Pretty fast. Awesome value!

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Superb Nikkor 85/1.8D lens

By Kurus44

from North Brunswick, NJ

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Night Photography
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D Lens:

    I was "on the fence" about the Nikkor 85/1.8D vs the 85/1.8G and decided on the former. Upon receipt, I fell in love with the build quality, overall feel and workmanship of this piece of glass & metal. The images from this lens are tack sharp. I have no regrets about buying the 1.8D over the 1.8G.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A must need in your photo bag!

    By Peter

    from Santiago, Chile

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Night Photography
      • Portrait
      • Sports/Action
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D Lens:

      Best use in portraits shooting.
      I use it when I shoot music bands (concerts).
      Nothing bad.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      just what i expected

      By stephanie

      from Fairfield, ca

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D Lens:

      Just what i needed to take great portraits with my FX camera. I was using a 50mm 1.8 on my old DX camera, but when i upgraded the camera the 50mm just wasnt going to cut it. Takes beautiful pictures. Subject stays sharp while i can blur out background distractions.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
       
      5.0

      Nice lens for the money

      By Hayzen's Productions

      from Greensboro nc

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D Lens:

      Shooting video thru this guy. I like

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excelente Lente

      By MarcosHerrreraPerú

      from Arequipa, Perú

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Photography

        Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D Lens:

        lo he usado para realizar retratos nocturnos y la luminosidad ayuda bastante, se debe destacar la suavidad en el desenfoque y el modo de colocación del parasol.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Great lens

        By djszymp

        from Titusville, PA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D Lens:

          This lens is awesome. I currently use it on a D7000 but I have used it on a D60, just have to manual focus. Great lens for the money!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          "Wow-this is a sharp,fast lens."

          By Big Pete

          from Flagstaff, Arizona

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Night Photography
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D Lens:

          Substantial lens. Beefier than the "G" and judging from used prices, I expect it to hold its value. Very nice focal length for portraits in low light.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Worth it!

          By Leon

          from New York, NY

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Portrait

            Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D Lens:

            Great lens for portraits. The bokeh is just impressive.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Amazing lens

            By BDP

            from Charlotte, NC

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Portraits

              Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D Lens:

              This lens is extra sharp and has a pleasing bokeh. You'll save a lot compared to the 1.4 but you'll still get a great lens. I use it for portrait photos and it's just what I need.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              5.0

              Awesome lens

              By tamutheresa

              from Texas

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D Lens:

                  I love this lens. What more can I say? :)

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  5.0

                  Great Glass at a great price

                  By CG

                  from Belmont, CA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Night Photography
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D Lens:

                    I really was surprised with how nice pics came out... I've used a 35 and 50 1.8 and I think this one is the topper. Just moved to fx and it's a keeper on my D600!

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Good buy

                    By Spero

                    from Mesa, AZ

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Night Photography
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D Lens:

                      Solid lens, lightweight and very sharp. A great buy for the money. Little difference in quality of shots between it and the more expensive F1.4.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Don't think twice about getting this len

                      By smallcoin58

                      from NY

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D Lens:

                        I use this for portraits and it is instrumental at weddings.
                        I can't say enough good things about this lens and the bokeh.
                        You cannot achieve the same results on a zoom at the same settings.
                        I have tried using my nikon 24-120 at F4 at the 85 and compared it to the prime 85 at F4 and there is a big difference.
                        This lens is a beauty.

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                        • No

                        (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        "Shooting Indoor Basketball"

                        By joev

                        from Bronx, New York

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Sports/Action

                          Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D Lens:

                          Love my 85mm f/1.8D Lens ny Nikon. I have been using it to photograph indoor basketball at St. Raymonds High Schhol in the Bronx, Christ the King High School in Queens, and Iona Prep High School in New Rochelle. I couldn't afford to purchase the 70-200mm f/2.8 and this lens offers a wonderful alternative. It often provides me with just the right focal length and wide open aperture for these poorly lit gymnasiums As a beginning photographer, I am still working on "perfecting" my auto-focus.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No
                           
                          4.0

                          Fantastic Images

                          By Maria Rezende

                          from Miami, FL

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Nice Bokeh
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                          • Heavy

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D Lens:

                          This lens is absolutely fantastic. It delivers sharp and colorful images, precise and silent focus, well-built barrel. The only cons that I notice is its weight. It's a little bit heavy.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No
                           
                          5.0

                          phenom lens

                          By souljive

                          from Fort Collins, CO

                          About Me Photography Student

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light

                            Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D Lens:

                            solid construction. sharp images. Great Bokeh control.
                            good price. do IT.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • Yes
                             
                            5.0

                            Amazing Photos

                            By Beagles2

                            from Hillsboro, OR

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Durable
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Night Photography
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Wildlife Photos

                              Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D Lens:

                              I shoot low-light, indoor and outdoor with amazing results. Clear, crisp and sharp.

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No
                               
                              5.0

                              LOVE THIS LENS!!!

                              By Laura

                              from Anchorage, Ak

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                              • Lightweight
                              • Nice Bokeh
                              • Rugged

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Macro Photography
                                • Sports/Action
                                • Weddings/Events
                                • Wildlife Photos

                                Comments about Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D Lens:

                                Absolutely wonderful lens. Highly recommend.

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

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