Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm F1.8G User Reviews

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

Very good light weight portrait lens, colors are sharp, focus is very fast & tack sharp, as far as I am concerned no need for the very expensive 1.4 lens.

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I have pretty much always had an 85mm for portraits indoors without flash. For a long time I had the old f1.8 non-D version which I found gave me lovely tones in black-and-white. Then the focussing drive pin disappeared somewhere into my D850 so I bought another one. When that also showed signs of focussing problems I gave way to modernity and bought the latest G version. I'm delighted with it. It's very sharp (I usually use it at f2.8). The depth-of-field is just enough to get most of the ...

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The previous Nikon F1.8 AFS "G" primes I've used, the 50/1.8, 35/1.8 and 28/1.8, have all been significant upgrades to their older AF-D counterparts, and the Nikon AF-S 85/1.8 G very much continues this trend. As with the others, this is a fairly large, light lens, well-built and nicely balanced. Immediately standing out is the feel of the manual focus ring, which unlike the 35mm and 28mm has no lag/wiggle whatsoever and is a joy to use despite the relatively short throw. Optically, well let ...

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The recent Nikon price drop prompted me to buy an 85mm f/1.8G as a light lens for general photography, for air travel, overhead luggage, etc.  This lens has slightly more reach than my 60mm G, ( my vacation lens for many years) but does not focus very closely. I still stick to mid apertures, always use the lens hood, and so far this lens produces very good sharpness/contrast/low distortion.  The farm animal lens test:

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Swift One
 

This most certainly is my favorite portrait lens on my D5300 as well as my D7500.  It can be a bit long on DX, but I do mainly outdoor portraits.  If I can get away with it, I will use it every time.    Very sharp, and I really like the subject separation from the background.

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Kazzaz
 

I knew it was a good lens, but it really exceeded my expectation. Great lens, highly recommended for that price no other lens comes near.

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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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