Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G

Announced Jan 6, 2012 •
Telephoto prime lens | Nikon F (FX)
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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
 
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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
 
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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
 
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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
 
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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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I shoot music bands and soloists in dark pubs for the local paper and for the artists themselves, often with no extra lighting and I don't use flash. Rather than use my heavy, very obvious and slower 70-200mm f2.8 Sigma, I've got this gem. I almost always shoot at f1.8, where it's sharp (TOO sharp for actual portraiture) and the resulting bokeh is pleasing and deals with background details (dartboards, TVs, switches, menus!!). On my D700 it's 85mm and on my D7000 it's 127mm, a really useful ...

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zamrizan
 
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This lens is fast, sharp and very lightweight, i rather shoot with this lens than 80-200 f/2.8 for outdoors portraiture.. Problems: it's feel too plastics compare to 85mm 1.8D otherwise it's a perfect lens for me..

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