Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G

Announced Jan 6, 2012 •
Telephoto prime lens | Nikon F (FX) | 2201

I'm writing down this review to reflect my experience in using this Nikon 85mm f/1.8G lens. I had owned it for several months from last year until earlier this year when I sold it. I have Nikon 50mm f/1.8G lens and having used it for portrait a few times, I found it a little bit short in focus length especially for head shot and also while my old 55-200mm VR II was great, its aperature was too small to isolate the subject better so that's when I decided to get this lens. When I first used ...

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GarysInSoCal

As a former owner of the G Series 85mm F1.4... I much prefer this lens as it is significantly lighter and alittle bit sharper.  Very happy with it's performance... comes highly recommended here.

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duchamp
 

Once I used the GREAT GREAT GREAT 70-200 2.8 for studio photography. However, 1.5m minimum focusing distance made me crop heavily for newborn/pet studio photography.  Now this is my perfect studio lens.

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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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IDFMode

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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