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Nikon launches AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 G

By dpreview staff on Jan 6, 2012 at 04:01 GMT
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Pre-CES: Nikon has launched the AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 G, an updated version of its popular moderate telephoto prime lens. The AF-S version of the lens is a completely new optical design and features a built-in focusing motor to allow it to autofocus on all Nikon DSLRs. The lens features an internal focus design and 7 rounded aperture blades. It can focus down to a distance of 80cm (2.6ft). The lens will be available from March 2012 for a price of around $499.

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THE NEW NIKON AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G PRIME LENS COMBINES PRACTICALITY WITH PORTABILITY RESULTING IN A VERSATILE PORTRAIT LENS

New NIKKOR Lens is Ideal for Low-Light, Portraiture and Adding Dramatic Background Blur to Both Photo and Video

MELVILLE, N.Y. (January 5, 2012) – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the addition of the new AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G FX-format lens to its legendary line of NIKKOR lenses. The new 85mm is a fast, fixed focal-length lens with medium telephoto capabilities and a large maximum aperture of f/1.8 that is capable of performing a wide variety of imaging tasks with amazing sharpness and clarity.

“Whether a professional photographer who needs extreme sharpness or a photo enthusiast looking for an affordable, lightweight lens with amazing clarity, Nikon photographers appreciate and rely on the vast selection and dependability of NIKKOR lenses for their imaging needs,” said Lisa Osorio, general manager of marketing at Nikon Inc. “The new 85mm f/1.8 is fully optimized for capturing amazing photos and videos, while providing the ability to utilize background blur to compliment the subject of their photo.”

A welcome addition to Nikon’s growing line of versatile prime lenses, the new AF- NIKKOR 85mm is ideal for travel, general photography, low-light, landscape, portraiture and capturing movies with extreme depth of field. The 85mm is designed to capture photos utilizing beautiful image blur achieved due to its large maximum aperture. Furthermore, the lens is lightweight, easy to carry, and provides an equivalent focal length of 127mm when attached to a Nikon DX-format D-SLR camera body.

The construction of the 85mm f/1.8 consists of nine optical elements, with a seven-blade diaphragm which contributes to a substantially more circular bokeh for a natural appearance to out-of-focus background elements. Additionally, instances of lens flare and chromatic aberration are suppressed using Nikon’s exclusive Super Integrated Coatings, which also help ensure vividly accurate color balance.

The new lens also comes equipped with a carefully engineered optical system optimized to deliver superior image quality. The integration of an ultra-compact Silent Wave Motor (SWM) ensures fast, whisper-quiet AF operation, which is essential when recording movies. The 85mm also features two focus modes, M/A (manual-priority autofocus) and M (manual) to further enhance versatility and adapt to a shooters needs. Additionally, Internal Focus (IF) design prevents the front element from rotating, allowing for the use of filters and attachments.

Price and Availability

The lightweight AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G will be available in March 2012 for a SRP* of $499.95. For more information, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

To see the new AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G lens and other new Nikon products, visit Nikon at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) at booth # 11039 from January 10-13th, 2012 in Las Vegas, NV.

* Suggested retail price listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time.

 Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 G specifications

Focal length   85 mm
Maximum aperture  f/1.8
Minimum aperture  f/16
Lens construction 9 elements in 9 groups
Angle of view 28°30' (18°50' with Nikon DX format)
Minimum focus distance  0.8 m/2.62 ft (from focal plane)
Maximum reproduction ratio 0.124x 
No. of diaphragm blades 7 (rounded)
Filter-attachment size 67 mm
Diameter x length
(extension from lens mount)
Approximately 80 x 73 mm/3.1 x 2.9 in.
Weight

Approximately 350 g/12.4 oz

Supplied accessories
  • 67 mm Snap-on Front Lens Cap LC-67
  • Rear Lens Cap LF-4
  • Bayonet Hood HB-62
  • Flexible Lens Pouch CL-1015 
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Total comments: 135
bldhndzgng
By bldhndzgng (3 months ago)

I love love love this lens. It's not cheap, but it's not that expensive. My only gripe is that this lens is sometimes a bit tight indoors, however I use my 50mm 1.8G for that. The 85mm 1.8G is fantastic in every measurable facet. Don't bother looking for a used one at this time, you'll only save maybe 10%, spend the extra for piece of mind of owning a brand new product. With the proper space this lens is nearly indistinguishable from the 85mm 1.4G.

0 upvotes
bbccameraman
By bbccameraman (Dec 9, 2012)

I was worried about investing in this lens for two reasons, firstly its a one trick pony which is fine because I only want to use it for portraits but secondly, why the hell is Nikon charging over £900 for its brother the 85mm f/1.4 I'm certain that this lens is just as good, in fact I tested both on my D600 and could not really see why Nikon are marketing both lenses at such amazing price differences.
I'm really pleased with this prime, its everything you could ever want in a mid range lens; very fast, pin sharp, superb bokeh and at a reasonable price, I certainly would not spend nearly a grand more just to get 0.4 of a stop of light!!

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0 upvotes
itsastickup
By itsastickup (3 weeks ago)

The bokeh is smoother on the f1.4.

0 upvotes
FotostudioLA
By FotostudioLA (Dec 5, 2012)

I really love this lens, use it for a lot of portraits in low light situations.

0 upvotes
Bart Aldrich
By Bart Aldrich (Mar 16, 2012)

Three months later...where IS IT?

3 upvotes
mutizia pictures
By mutizia pictures (Jan 19, 2012)

its a great improvement.

1 upvote
williejr
By williejr (Mar 7, 2012)

not really... SLOW AF like the 50 1.4 :(

0 upvotes
C0rnholio
By C0rnholio (Jan 19, 2012)

A small test with a 85mm 1.8G lens was conducted here:
http://mgphotographer.wordpress.com/2012/01/19/nikon-85mm-1-8g-vs-1-8d-vs-1-4d-small-experiment

This lens is really impressive.

0 upvotes
vrnow
By vrnow (Jan 18, 2012)

Does internal focusing mean it focus breathes and therefore it'll look bad for video?

0 upvotes
delnerdo
By delnerdo (Jan 10, 2012)

There is a real demand for a fast, wide, affordable DX prime lens. Until then I will be shooting with my Fuji X100 in place of the D5100!

1 upvote
LJohnK2
By LJohnK2 (Jan 8, 2012)

no VR :( ....at 85mm w/o VR I'm not sure how useful this will be in low light on a DX body.....min shutter speed of 1/130 ?

1 upvote
bkklein
By bkklein (Jan 18, 2012)

VR is kind of a gimmick to get you to buy slower lenses, with the exception of heavy lenses with a longer focal length. Unless you arent using a high aperture, you wont need it. If you shake a lot, a monopod or tripod works. Honestly that is not a slow lens speed either. I take pics at slower speeds just fine. But for the intended use of this lens and its aperture it will be plenty fast enough without the need for VR.

1 upvote
kayone
By kayone (Feb 19, 2012)

VR would just add to the weight and price, and most people shooting with a specialized lens like an 85mm will usually have a higher end crop body or full frame body with hopefully higher ISO performance. Also most people will usuall shoot w this lens close to wide open as well, increasing shooting speed

1 upvote
Pier81
By Pier81 (Jan 8, 2012)

I hope the AF speed will be faster than the previouse "economics" g lenses, even the 50 1.4 is very slow for my own!

1 upvote
kayone
By kayone (Feb 19, 2012)

I have the new 50 1.8 G lens and while I haven't used the 1.4, some reviews said that the AF was better performing in the new 1.8 vs the older 1.4. Hopefully this new 85 will be the same, I'll consider upgrading from my 85 1.8D which focus hunts quite a bit

0 upvotes
williejr
By williejr (Mar 7, 2012)

yeah, the AF takes awhile to lock on with my d700. slow af like the 50 1.4. :( The motor on it is pretty silent.

0 upvotes
jrsjs
By jrsjs (Jan 7, 2012)

This looks very nice but will be 127 on a DX camera sensor if my maths are right. I use a 50mm f1.4 to achieve the same effect on DX and it works very well.
We could do with a G series wide angle f1.8 or 1.4 prime for DX. I suppose that it would have to be a 16mm but if it could be done at a reasonable size, weight and price and with hardly any distortion, it would be great.

1 upvote
kayone
By kayone (Feb 19, 2012)

its not quite that simple, while the 50mm on a DX camera will have approx the same field of view as the 85mm on a FX camera, the type of lens distortion will be different so you'll still have two different looking image captures of the same object.

0 upvotes
Nikonhead
By Nikonhead (Apr 23, 2012)

The biggest factor between 50 and 85mm is the compression. Thats why focal lengths from 85mm-135mm are considered best for portaits.

0 upvotes
thlc
By thlc (Jan 7, 2012)

I wish this lens had come out a little sooner. I am trying to photograph my son playing basketball and this would really help. I am currently using a D60 with a 50mm Af-S 1.8G. I also don't have tons of money. The suggested price is in range.

0 upvotes
vladextron
By vladextron (Jan 7, 2012)

The 85 should be a very very good and affordable lens. Now...when the 20-24 1.8 to complete the "g" series ?
Bye all.
Paolo.

2 upvotes
linden7179
By linden7179 (Jan 8, 2012)

I am waiting for 24 f/1.8 as will.

1 upvote
Jogger
By Jogger (Jan 8, 2012)

the comparable lens in 24 would be 24/2.8 not 1.8

0 upvotes
vrnow
By vrnow (Jan 18, 2012)

Why would the comparable lens be f2.8? They have a 24mm f1.4. Why not a 1.8? And sigma has 20, 24 and 28mm f1.8 lenses. Bower even makes a 35mm f1.4, and out of metal. it's manual focus but it's better and you could buy several of them over the crazy prices of nikons f1.4 lenses.

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1 upvote
Pabloquiga
By Pabloquiga (Jan 7, 2012)

In other commentaries, it says of the 7 or 9 helix or wings or as they are called, by very meticulous that you are with your photos, in a good picture whatever stopped seeing the eyes of the model by the circular lights of back.

1 upvote
Pabloquiga
By Pabloquiga (Jan 7, 2012)

This is the great news for my d7000 and d5100, ah and clear for my short budget

0 upvotes
vrnow
By vrnow (Jan 18, 2012)

It's also great news for jello shots and blur.

0 upvotes
acktown
By acktown (Jan 7, 2012)

Great news from Nikon! They are setting a new standard for quality glass at great prices.

0 upvotes
vrnow
By vrnow (Jan 18, 2012)

It's not hard to set standards when you have a monopoly. The new standard seems to be more expensive lenses with tons of distortion and no in-body stabilization, albeit, sharper wide open. Oh yeah, and lots of crappy DX cameras with convoluted menus instead of buttons, oh, and accompanied by a bunch of plastiky inferior DX zooms. Don't get me wrong, I have all of them, I'm just disappointed and wish I could trade it all for the equivalent sony gear.

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capjap
By capjap (Jan 27, 2012)

Nikon is not a monopoly. There are many other camera manufacturers.

0 upvotes
HiRez
By HiRez (Jan 7, 2012)

If this lens is similar quality to the 50mm 1.8G, it should be pretty nice for the price. I love my 85mm f/1.4G but I'm not sure it'll be worth the extra $1,200 for 2/3 stop. Need to see the quality of the bokeh on this lens. The new one only has 7 blades instead of 9 on the 1.4, so I'm not expecting it'll be in the same league, but we'll see.

0 upvotes
Nikonhead
By Nikonhead (Apr 23, 2012)

The 85mmm f/1.8g has 7 rounded blades which will produce smooth bokeh. My main issue with the new lens is the crappy plastic build quality.

0 upvotes
akjos
By akjos (Jan 6, 2012)

Now all we need is 24mm 1.8 dx only for 299 ;)

6 upvotes
akjos
By akjos (Jan 6, 2012)

Well, about d..n time ,Nikon ... nice. Too bad its not in price range closer to 35 1.8 and 50 1.8. but still pretty good.

1 upvote
kayone
By kayone (Feb 19, 2012)

$500 is actually a reasonable price for an AF 1.8G, the 85mm AF-D 1.8 still costs about $400-450 new.

0 upvotes
Scottelly
By Scottelly (Jan 6, 2012)

Finally! I sure hope it's better than their previous replacements for the D lenses. At least it will work on the D5100 and other cheap bodies.

1 upvote
Alexsfo
By Alexsfo (Jan 6, 2012)

"vividly accurate color balance" gotta love those marketing terms

1 upvote
CFynn
By CFynn (Mar 7, 2012)

Only looks accurate on vivid colors?

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0 upvotes
VASEDENY1
By VASEDENY1 (Jan 6, 2012)

Another plastic junk, I suppose...

2 upvotes
M Jesper
By M Jesper (Jan 6, 2012)

Another idiot...

6 upvotes
VASEDENY1
By VASEDENY1 (Jan 6, 2012)

Well, I've grown up on glass & metal stuff... These new lenses are really good optically, but if you USE them, they won't last that long. They don't want to make any 50-year-old-still-working lenses anymore, that's no business....

6 upvotes
kayone
By kayone (Feb 19, 2012)

I'll take the lighter weight, thanks. But if you're of the generation growing up on older all metal construction gear, I can understand why you see all the modern stuff as cheap junk. You're welcome to rant & complain, that trend isn't really going to change.

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0 upvotes
williejr
By williejr (Mar 7, 2012)

Confirmed by ditigalrev review. The filter thread is made of cheap plastic and for $559 it is has slow af.

0 upvotes
cfh25
By cfh25 (Jan 6, 2012)

"* Suggested retail price listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time."

Thought Nikon were insisting that dealers maintained "suggested" retail prices in the USA currently

2 upvotes
itsbiggmac
By itsbiggmac (Jan 6, 2012)

This will truly increase the sharpness of my D3000 and D800....whenever that officially gets announced...and priced...and released.

0 upvotes
larrytusaz
By larrytusaz (Jan 6, 2012)

Now THIS is something to get excited about. Even an old D40x or D3000 (or my D5000) can function with it fully. It sure beats the heck out of another "smartphone photography" posting.

2 upvotes
blacksnoopy
By blacksnoopy (Jan 6, 2012)

The price is ok

0 upvotes
vrnow
By vrnow (Jan 18, 2012)

The price shouldn't be over $400 in my opinion. Canon's isn't. I might just get one of those bower things.

0 upvotes
Deleted17
By Deleted17 (Jan 6, 2012)

On paper it looks like it will be sharper than the 85 1.4, and the 50 1.4. It's almost flat across at 90. It probably has the same sluggish af-s as those lenses, making it weak for indoor sports...

1 upvote
vrnow
By vrnow (Jan 18, 2012)

I was using a 35mm f1.8G on a D70 and it seemed really sluggish on that. Have to stop down for more DOF to make up for the inferior focusing.

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olyflyer
By olyflyer (Jan 6, 2012)

Very nice. It will probably be my next lens. Too bad it has no VR which would have improved it even more but I like internal focus lenses so it will probably end up in my bag once it becomes available.

1 upvote
bkklein
By bkklein (Jan 19, 2012)

yeah the lens looks very nice, but I doubt VR is gonna be useful for such a wide aperture. It would add size/weight/price to the lens that not everyone could justify.

0 upvotes
Davesnuns
By Davesnuns (Jan 6, 2012)

So - I just bought the Sigma 85mm 1.4 less than 2 weeks ago. Still within a 30 day return window. Should I return and wait for the new Nikon lens - half the price but 1.8 vs Sigmas 1.4. I am ok with the additional money on the Sigma if worth the difference in price but this new lens is another option that did not exist 2 weeks ago.

0 upvotes
olyflyer
By olyflyer (Jan 6, 2012)

This new lens isn't really comparable with the 85/1.4 unless you are unhappy with the Sigma wide open or you don't need the extra stop.

0 upvotes
rockjon
By rockjon (Jan 6, 2012)

Also, the bokeh of your Sigma should be better than this lens. However, we won't know until it comes out.

0 upvotes
petrocan
By petrocan (Jan 6, 2012)

why new lenses design from most manufacturer always have aperture ring removed??

Leave it alone please... Leave it there, I stilll like it.

Am I the only one??

0 upvotes
olyflyer
By olyflyer (Jan 6, 2012)

What is the purpose of aperture ring on a modern camera? I certainly don't miss it and don't mind it's gone. The aperture is controlled by the camera unless you plan to reverse mount the lens.

3 upvotes
rockjon
By rockjon (Jan 6, 2012)

If I have to take a guess, it probably reduces cost or allows them to make the lens smaller.

0 upvotes
Fullframer
By Fullframer (Jan 6, 2012)

The 85MM F1.8 AFD is smaller with an aperture ring then the new AFS. This has more to do with the focus motor being in the lens today.

0 upvotes
petrocan
By petrocan (Jan 6, 2012)

to olyflyer. to be able to use with a old nikon film body???

also use it easily with a cheap canon adapter. for g lens, adapter are expensive.

anyway, for the same price, one has the aperture ring and one that doesn't, I'll take the one with. I let you take the other one.

0 upvotes
captainzeb
By captainzeb (Jan 7, 2012)

Perhaps it would be useful to have the ring when shooting video on a DSLR in full manual mode? Does that make practical?

0 upvotes
acrockett149
By acrockett149 (Jan 6, 2012)

I bought the Nikon V1 last week because the salesman said that there was an 85mm at 1.8 that had full autofocus and would turn into 220mm. I was going to use it for kids performances in low light. I promptly returned the V1 because I found out there was no 85mm 1.8 with the AF-S required for the V1 to autofocus. A day later this is announced.

1 upvote
M Jesper
By M Jesper (Jan 6, 2012)

Always check the rumors first, it was known for a while.

1 upvote
oserimages
By oserimages (Jan 6, 2012)

this lens still will not work with a v1. the 1 series uses 1 lenses currently the 10, 10-30, 30-110, and 10-100. this is a traditional slr lens

0 upvotes
M Jesper
By M Jesper (Jan 6, 2012)

oserimages - that's what adapters are for, and nikon offers one.

0 upvotes
Neodp
By Neodp (Jan 9, 2012)

Yeah, but you'd lose more total quality, than you would gain, in focal length; with that, too small V1 sensor, that currently comes in behind the best 4/3rds sensors, and those behind current consumer APS-C sensors. It wouldn't even be smaller, with adapter, and all. Adapter are pricey, too. The "fun" of mixing old lenses on the m4/3rds bodies is a fire put out, by no AF/AE, slow work only. Why pay extra, for less? Don't get me wrong, they need to fix mirror-less cams, AKA, DSL(H)ybrids. We can't judge them, till they make a good one(more benefit, and value balanced). GH3; with a hybrid viewfinder, and better sensor???? We also need, all-in-one, affordable ultra-zooms, with the 4/3rds sensor.

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mnoble
By mnoble (Jan 6, 2012)

I bought the new Nikon 50mm 1.4 which was in the same price ball park and I absolutely love it. I suspect that this new 85mm 1.8 will be just as good. It is definitely going on my to buy list. I will, however, want to see it reviewed by dpReview. So I hope that they get a sample to work with before the lens comes out in March. Get to it, guys! ;-)

3 upvotes
marike6
By marike6 (Jan 7, 2012)

Review? Any 85mm prime by Nikon is certain to be at least good, probably great. Not many prime Nikkors that are absolute stinkers.

0 upvotes
Oveerik
By Oveerik (Jan 6, 2012)

What about image stabillizers? SONY has them on all lenses I put on the cameras (A900-A77)! No stabilizer is stone age!

My NIKON stays at home (D700, 20,24,35,50,55,85,105,135,180mm all whithout stabilizer)!

1 upvote
mrdat222
By mrdat222 (Jan 6, 2012)

Looks like you need to sell it and buy Sony. Bu-bye

7 upvotes
joejack951
By joejack951 (Jan 6, 2012)

What good does image stabilization do on a 20mm prime? Or a 55mm prime for that matter? Nikon makes a stabilized 70-200 for those occasions where your shutter speed is fast enough to freeze motion but not fast enough to counter camera shake. If you aren't stopping motion, a tripod will give you far better results than image stabilization. Nikon does make a 16-35VR too though if you can't live without VR.

1 upvote
Tom Reynolds
By Tom Reynolds (Jan 6, 2012)

I believe that Nikon wanted to offer low price, low weight, low size, but good image quality with this model. Hard to please everyone. Some people like these attributes and buy a monopod. Usually a rather small and light weight lens = easy hand holding without shaking. VR does not keep your subject still, just helps for shaky hands.

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M Jesper
By M Jesper (Jan 6, 2012)

Don't feed the trolls plz.

3 upvotes
captainzeb
By captainzeb (Jan 7, 2012)

The D700 is much better than anything Sony currently offers, just as a matter of fact.

1 upvote
bridav
By bridav (Jan 7, 2012)

Let's face it, you only need image stabilisation at slow shutter speeds. I may be wrong, but I suspect at "normal" shutter speeds, the image stabilisation can actually act to reduce sharpness.

0 upvotes
vrnow
By vrnow (Jan 17, 2012)

joekack951, Nikon put VR in a 16-35mm but you ask what good it is? It let's you take shots at slower shutter speeds, without a tripod. That's what it's good for. Duh. No one wants to carry a tripod around when a better technology has been around forever but that Nikon refuses to put in their camera. It needs to be INSIDE the camera. What good is an 85mm prime lens anyway, especially for video and night photography, and especially on DX. Do you know how shaky that video is going to be? My whole collection is prime lenses and I get a ton of blurry pictures at night, including with a 20mm f1.8. People are always saying "Wow, you sure take a lot of pictures." It's just NOT acceptable in this day and age to tell people to carry a tripod around to use an 85mm lens or to get rid of their whole lens collection and replace it with a bunch of darker zoom lenses. Meanwhile all point and shoots have had face tracking and VR and you name it. A DSLR is supposed to be better than a G12 or super zoom.

0 upvotes
vrnow
By vrnow (Jan 18, 2012)

bridav, slow shutter speeds are something that come up a lot in photography, that's why Nikon added VR to their lenses. If online blogs are correct, it seems like VR is sharper than a bright prime lens, because primes have no VR. I hate zooms but one day I bumped my camera and shot an event with slow shutter speeds by mistake and all the shots were blurry. Yet the majority of the ones shot with the kit lens were stable.

Taking a modern day technology away from the camera reserving it for only darker zoom lenses keeps prime lenses in the stone ages of technology. Why waste your time with interchangeable lenses when they have to be all zooms? Just get a super zoom with attached sharp lens. An 85mm will just produce a lot of shaky images and jello video anyway.

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Herman Roote
By Herman Roote (Jan 6, 2012)

Nice lens for the price, I thinks it's too long for indoor portrait shooting, unless you have a large studio.

I'm only speaking for the DX users like myself, I find the 50mm 1.8 in plenty long enough.

1 upvote
Bruce Edwards
By Bruce Edwards (Jan 6, 2012)

+1, and I would even go so far as to say that my 50mm is often too long indoors. I have an older house with lots of smallish rooms, instead of the more modern style of less rooms, but bigger, and I am constantly against a wall with my 50mm. 35mm is the sweet spot indoors on DX IMO. This 85 would be great outside though! Or for small indoor gyms or events where you have a good close seat.

0 upvotes
JakeB
By JakeB (Jan 6, 2012)

I agree. On DX 35mm is ideal for interior, and 50mm for portraits.

On the other hand, if the bokeh approaches that of the 1.4......

0 upvotes
Fullframer
By Fullframer (Jan 6, 2012)

Yes for DX users it may be too long, but for FX users like myself the 85 is perfect.

0 upvotes
psandham
By psandham (Jan 6, 2012)

It will be interesting to see if the bokeh does approach the 1.4 - I have my doubts. Can't see how 7 blades approaches the look of 9 blades (never has at any other focal length).

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akjos
By akjos (Jan 6, 2012)

Thats why you get 35 for indoors and 85 for outdoor portrait on dx :)

0 upvotes
bridav
By bridav (Jan 7, 2012)

I wonder why Nikon went for 7 blades with the new lens. My 1.8D has 9 blades.

0 upvotes
bkklein
By bkklein (Jan 19, 2012)

I hope the 7 rounded blades and newer optical formula on the G version will be a better combo than on the D version. I dunno about anyone else but the bokeh and depth of field on my D version was atrocious....

0 upvotes
pheonixfool
By pheonixfool (Jan 6, 2012)

RRP: £469.99 / €554.00 versus $499

I was under the impression that the Euro was worth more than the Dollar!

Oh wait the launch date is 22nd March a lot could happen...

2 upvotes
Ivanaker
By Ivanaker (Jan 6, 2012)

We have free medical insurance, free schooling in europe etc. it has to be paid from somewhere.

6 upvotes
wlad
By wlad (Jan 6, 2012)

How exactly is health insurance FREE ??? You PAY for it YOURSELF! Every single month, hundreds of euros. Unless you are unemployed.

Don't confuse "Free" with "Mandatory".

4 upvotes
Ivanaker
By Ivanaker (Jan 6, 2012)

i pay 4% of my total wage to insure myself, wife and 3 children. medical and dental, 100% insurance. and part of it goes for the unemployed also. i am wiling to pay a bit more for some products if it means that i live in country that takes good care of all of its citizens.

7 upvotes
blimbo
By blimbo (Jan 6, 2012)

If you're unemployed and not paying tax you still get health insurance for free.

1 upvote
San Diego Wedding Photographers

Adding this lens to my wishlist. I love my 85 and having adding the extra speed will definitely be worth it. I use my 85 in situations where I want to stand a little further from the action then is comfortable with the 50mm. Great lens to capture candids.

0 upvotes
lightmagic
By lightmagic (Jan 6, 2012)

What would you use this lens for primarily? portrait?

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ksgant
By ksgant (Jan 6, 2012)

Yes, on full-frame camera's (and the old 35mm film cameras), this focal length was considered the "portrait lens" of choice. But of course, everyone's preferences vary.

1 upvote
Bjorn_L
By Bjorn_L (Jan 6, 2012)

It is a popular focal length on both DX & FX for portraits. I also like the FL and aperture for taking photos of school events (plays, singing, and such) as the auditorium is generally darkened enough that a f2.8 zoom is not going to cut it and a 50mm is too wide unless you are in the front row.

1 upvote
pictureAngst
By pictureAngst (Jan 6, 2012)

On DX it'll be close to 135mm, which used to be a classic short tele lens - small enough to not attract attention, long enough to give a nice compressed tele perspective. I used to have 28mm, 50mm, and 135mm lenses as the standard set (others preferred 24mm, 35mm, and 90mm, but these were often rangefinder users)

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Denis of Whidbey Island
By Denis of Whidbey Island (Jan 6, 2012)

Indeed, the slightly compressed perspective can be very useful for landscapes/cityscapes. I used the old 85mm f1/8 primarily for those purposes. My current 85mm (Rokinon f1.4) is more optimized for closer work at wider apertures.

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lightmagic
By lightmagic (Jan 6, 2012)

It would be great if it was VR

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M Jesper
By M Jesper (Jan 6, 2012)

Also more expensive and heavier. 85mm isn't very long, and 127mm equivalent isn't either. With a proper aperture you should be fine. When VR isn't needed, quality only gets worse just by having it (on).

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Michael Jardine
By Michael Jardine (Jan 6, 2012)

Sweet. I've just found my new travel lens. May have to ditch my 24-70 f/2.8 and replace it with the 16-35 plus this.

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urban1
By urban1 (Jan 6, 2012)

how will this compare to the Nikon 85mm f/1.4G ? I had my sights on the 1.4 for a studio portrait lens, but will this give me the same results for $400???

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M Jesper
By M Jesper (Jan 6, 2012)

In the studio at F8 ? Yes ...

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urban1
By urban1 (Jan 6, 2012)

so what gives? the extra f/.4 is worth $1280?? is this new lense made out of plastic or something?

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Almeida
By Almeida (Jan 6, 2012)

Yes. Yes.

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M Jesper
By M Jesper (Jan 6, 2012)

What gives is that extra bit of speed and/or bokeh. The built quality and/or weather sealing. That .4(!) simply needs a lot more glass to win that speed AND retain the superb quality throughout the rest of the range. Plus they sell in smaller quantities. Outside the studio these things can be THE difference. But you only question the difference between 1.8 and 1.4 lenses only now, how long have you been doing studio work ? It is a heavily discussed subject over the web, i'd suggest consulting google and if that doesn't suffice, the dpr forum.

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marike6
By marike6 (Jan 6, 2012)

The 85 1.4 should have nicer bokeh due to 9 vs 7 aperture blades.
The older 85 1.8 has a nice 9-blade diaphragm (Nikon, what happened to the 2 blades?) and manual aperture ring, which make it a lot easier to adapter to other mounts.

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viking79
By viking79 (Jan 6, 2012)

I think the old had mostly straight blades. The 7 curved blades will likely be nicer stopped down a bit.

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BJ Ramsay
By BJ Ramsay (Jan 6, 2012)

Looks like they are going to rounded diaphragm blades. It'll be interesting to see the bokeh in comparison to the 1.4 qnd the older lens.

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zzapamiga
By zzapamiga (Jan 6, 2012)

The number and shape of the aperture blades does not have a bearing on the quality of the bokeh, it just means the out of focus highlights remain round when the lens is stopped down.
Probably the lens with the best bokeh ever is the Sony 135mm f/2.8 [T/4.5] STF. Read up on this lens to get a better understanding of bokeh.
http://www.photozone.de/sony-alpha-aps-c-lens-tests/390-sony_135_28
Below are some good articles on bokeh.
http://jtra.cz/stuff/essays/bokeh/
http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/bokeh.htm

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EXDS
By EXDS (Jan 6, 2012)

Sounds like a decent price until you look at the Canon equivalent.

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ksgant
By ksgant (Jan 6, 2012)

But Canon hasn't updated their 1.8 in a while, as far as I know.

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M Jesper
By M Jesper (Jan 6, 2012)

OLD as the earth's crust, and not Nikon.

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Jogger
By Jogger (Jan 6, 2012)

i bet the price in Canada will be $599

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harrisoncac
By harrisoncac (Jan 6, 2012)

Why don't you buy it from B&H in the US? For every hundred dollars saving, you get another 13 dollars in your pocket. I mean savings on tax.

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petrocan
By petrocan (Jan 6, 2012)

I'm canadian, I buy stuff from BH and still pay taxes. I pay federal tax and some custom fees.

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M Jesper
By M Jesper (Jan 6, 2012)

I bet the price in Europe will be €400 ?

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mbrobich
By mbrobich (Jan 6, 2012)

Schweet, I was gonna get the older style AF-Dfor $449, but now this one for $499, woohoo.....

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Visualiza
By Visualiza (Jan 6, 2012)

Let's be honest though, Nikon had to price this the way they did. With a stellar 85mm 1.4 offering from Sigma, there was really no other choice. I'd bet a dime to a dollar that if there was no 85mm autofocus lens from a third party manufacturer, this would cost ~$800.00 easily. With that being said, thankfully there is competition and a new reasonably priced fast Nikkor.

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raizans
By raizans (Jan 6, 2012)

no seals, i take it?

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M Jesper
By M Jesper (Jan 6, 2012)

sure it can shoot seals too, best go with a DX body.

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Guidenet
By Guidenet (Jan 6, 2012)

This is another killer bargain to go with the 35 f/1.8, 50 f/1.8, 40 f/2.8 Micro and the 85 f/3.5 Micro. Nikon is doing a wonderful job of designing and producing world class optics at very reasonable prices.

I knew or hoped they'd not jack up the price of this new 85 f/1.8 portrait lens. It should blow off the shelves if you don't already have a fast 85.

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M Jesper
By M Jesper (Jan 6, 2012)

Hah, until you see the more professional lens prices. Canon's L lens prices are much more reasonable, and the budget lenses are about as cheap as can be as well. So really it's these SLR brands doing a wonderful job. Actually Canon's had the 85/1.8 with USM motor for years now. Nikon's had us settle with the dinosaur AFD for even longer, but it always amazes me how soon these things are forgotten at product announcements. Not that Canon's so great as they don't even *have* a 35/1.8 at all.

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Oveerik
By Oveerik (Jan 6, 2012)

What about image stabilizers? SONY has them on all lenses I put on the camera, be so MINOLTA glass or SONY!

It makes the difference. My NIKON stays at home........

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Fullframer
By Fullframer (Jan 6, 2012)

I have no problem with my UN-stabilized Nikkors. Perhaps proper hand holding technique would help? BTW, Stabilizers don't help you if you shooting sports/action.

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vrnow
By vrnow (Jan 18, 2012)

Fullframer, I'm not shooting sports/action. I'm shooting slow shutter speeds at night. Maybe nikon should get rid of all VR since proper hand holding technique is so easy that you don't need it, and we all know that what you want is all that matters.

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vrnow
By vrnow (Jan 18, 2012)

Guidenet, I wouldn't call Nikons lenses world class. They're a little too distorted for that. Also, their older lenses are cheaper, except maybe the 35mm 1.8G.

I also get frustrated that my prime lenses get a lot of shake at night. They need VR in the body to complement their primes lenses.

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jpatel
By jpatel (Jan 6, 2012)

Are there detailed specifications available anywhere?

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jhinkey
By jhinkey (Jan 6, 2012)

http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/lens/singlefocal/normal/af-s_nikkor85mmf_18g/index.htm

and

http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/lens/singlefocal/normal/af_85mmf_18d/index.htm

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F-onefour
By F-onefour (Jan 6, 2012)

This is more exciting than the D4

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M Jesper
By M Jesper (Jan 6, 2012)

Well for us poor folks it is ;)

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Deleted-pending
By Deleted-pending (Jan 6, 2012)

This is GREAT !!!

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Chaitanya S
By Chaitanya S (Jan 6, 2012)

very aggresively priced

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aleckurgan
By aleckurgan (Jan 6, 2012)

more like realistically priced ;)

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Fullframer
By Fullframer (Jan 6, 2012)

Agreed. I think I only paid $399 for my current 85mm F1.8 AFD about 7 yrs ago...

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Thomasbd
By Thomasbd (Jan 7, 2012)

I hope they will reduce the price of 85mm 1.8d now! so that I will grab one... cause I love old glasses.....

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vrnow
By vrnow (Jan 18, 2012)

Isn't the canon 85mm f1.8 $100 cheaper though?

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