Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G

Announced Jan 6, 2012 •
Telephoto prime lens | Nikon F (FX)
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The best affordable  Nikon portrait lens I ever had. Thanks Nikon. :-)

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Hasa
 

Hi there, I thought Longitudinal Chromatic Aberration was more of a theoretical than practical issue. LCA is well documented by photozone.de for 85mm lenses (F1.2, F1.4, F1.8) from Canon, Nikon, Samyang, Sigma and Zeiss. Photozone however uses a test of black lettering from a scale on a white background. I have just purchased the Nikon 85mm F1.8 and I was unpleasantly surprised by what I see as a much more annoying impact of LCA in highlights. The pleasant surprise is that although the normal ...

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So I played around the entire day with my new D810 and a new lens that I bought, the 85mm 1.8G. I spent most of my time comparing that lens with the $130 lens that I already had, the 50mm 1.8D. Before I continue revealing how I ultimately felt about the lens, keep in mind that this is ----------my personal view---------, someone else might have a different view and observation. The built quality of the 85mm is very nice, and the auto-focus is pretty quick and smooth! Did I (PERSONALLY) ...

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Love this lens. As mentioned by others bokeh is great, it's sharp and handy for outdoor / indoor. Still lightweight. shots taken with D800. See photos.

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admiralsmyth
 

I have been very impressed with this lens for both of the purposes I have used it, with my Nikon D7000.  I have photographed stained glass windows, in the dark environment  of a church, and recorded printed photographs and drawings, sometimes with a tripod.  In both cases, quite different in their ways, the detail is quite remarkable, certainly at a low ISO.  Not a cheap lens but I am glad I bought it.  Full marks from me.

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azotor
 

good glass. sharp image while wild open at f1.8. light weight, decent focus speed, good companion with ft1 and V1.

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Ive had this lens for around 6 months now - I was looking for a compact, lightweight portrait lens. This lens certainly fulfils that requirement, and then some! I cant really fault the image quality. Even wide open this lens performs nicely (perhaps a touch too much lateral CA at f1.8), but I LOVE the look this lens can achieve when stopped down a little. Creamy bokeh, razor sharpness and great micro contrast make it a winner. The focus ring is lovely and smooth, making manual focus a ...

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Sharp? Yes!  Beautiful bokeh? Absolutely, as expected. What I didn't expect was how slow this lens would focus in low-light (not not extremely low light!) conditions.  I don't know if it was the lens or my D800, or - gasp - user error - but recently I was shooting a yoga class indoors at ISO 3200 and it just would not focus.  It kept 'hunting' for the right focus. Of course that could have been the angle, back-lighting, etc. but I am generally aware of how to work around such things. Instead, ...

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Summi Luchs
 

The new Nikkor AF-S 1.8 85mm G is a fine lens. Very sharp and very nice bokeh in out-of-focus areas. Stunning image quality even at full open aperture. Even at 1:1 pixel view the images look sharp on my D600 if used properly (no chance w/o a tripod). Focus is almost silent, focus speed is fully adequate for its primary use: portraits. For shooting indoor sports, AF could be a bit faster, if subject distance is varying quickly. The lens is thick and fat for a short telephoto prime but is ...

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BringBackContax
 

Have played with but don't own, yet, but definitely on my wish list when I get the FX camera soon... Nice lens, can produce greate images, love primes, and love this length for portraits. A non-Nikon alternative would be the Tamron 90mm SP (used to use one years ago and thought it was great) but it is slower both in light (f2.8) and - reportedly - focusing (although the newer version with the inbuilt motor is likely to be better). Subjectively, I will say that I think that the bokeh from ...

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