AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G

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Updated and optimized for digital, this fast aperture compact medium telephoto Full Frame/FX-Format portrait lens offers crisp and natural image reproduction for stills and HD video.
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  • 5

    Go-To Lens

    Posted by ajphotoimages on August 1, 2015

    Even in the worst light, this lens works wonders! Specializing in natural-light photography, I needed a lens that was fast, sharp, and had high shutter speed with low depth of field. I have not been disappointed. It is lightweight and versatile. Can´t wait to take it to the next level!

  • 5

    85MM Review

    Posted by NikonNeo44 on May 27, 2015

    I love this lens as much as I love the 50MM. Currently, I get more use out of the 50MM, but the 85MM 1.8G is a beast! You´ll love the clarity and the bokeh.

  • 4

    I like this lens.

    Posted by MNDG on January 3, 2015

    I got this lens on an incredible deal that Adorama ran back in June, 2014. I had been waiting for three years to spring for this lens. It took them 3 months to deliver the back order but I saved $160 by waiting. It is very light compared to my Nikkor 17-55 so a pleasure to hang around your neck for a walk. The lens on a Nikon D7100 produced great colour texture, was very sharp at f/5.8 and f./8, creamy bokeh and excellent low light service.
    The photos below show off the features. The model (thanks to T.B.) was shot in natural light. No post processing on either shot except for saving in jpg from nef.

  • 5

    Great lens and very versatile

    Posted by SnapDad on August 15, 2014

    Just upgraded to an FX body and so still experimenting, but have found a terrific use for this lens on my old DX body. It works great as a semi-telephoto lens, which I use to snap awesome action pics of kids´ hockey games! The arenas are often dimly lit compared to NHL games, but this lens lets me take bright, crisp pics at 1/500 of a second from behind the glass. At larger apertures, the skaters appear so crisp and colorful, and really pop against the soft backgrounds. Lens not long enough to shoot from stands or bench; guess I am going to have to bite the bullet and get the 70-200 mm f2.8 and pop that on my D610.

  • 5

    DO IT

    Posted by Ollie on April 5, 2014

    Since purchasing this lens I have found it very difficult to switch lenses throughout the day...this baby works too well!

    The autofocus is nearly always accurate and moves at a decent speed.

    The f1.8 creates some beautiful bokeh thanks to a 7 bladed rounded diaphragm.

    and I always love a little bit of weather sealing.

    Youll just keep shooting with this lens....

  • 5

    Perfect lens for portraits

    Posted by andreaarellano on March 23, 2014

    This is a great lens for shooting portraits! At the zoom length, there´s no noticeable distortion and can do beautiful things at very large apertures making it perfect for portraits. I´ve had it for a few weeks and done a couple of shoots. The only criticism would be that it´s auto-focusing is not always quick or accurate.

  • 5

    Tack Sharp

    Posted by Hindsight2011 on March 10, 2014

    Very sharp lens. The price is very reasonable for a tack sharp lens such as this. Auto focus is fast enough in most cases. Color is excellent and coma almost non-existent. Overall you get a lot for your dollar with this lens. On a D800 this lens got a 40 score on the DXO. Not many lenses score higher. A must have if you wish to capture extreme detail or maximize a D800´s potential.

  • 5

    Fine Fast 85mm Lens

    Posted by PhotoGuy1 on January 21, 2014

    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 much larger 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 starting about f/11. And virtually no distortion. Although it´s not a ´´gold ring´´ Nikkor, it´s 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.

  • 4

    85mm f/1.8G

    Posted by Chet on January 11, 2014

    Excellent picture quality. The build is not as good and durable as the D lenses. Every thing else is excellent.