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The Nikon 85mm f1.8 is a fast aperture medium-telephoto prime FX lens. Nikon has re-designed the optical system that meets the requirements of today’s DSLR and is capable of taking variety of images with superb clarity and sharpness. The Silent Wave Motor ensures discreet but accurate autofocus. The large aperture allows you to capture images that give a beautifully blurred background. When mounted on a DX-format DSLR, this 85mm prime delivers an apparent focal length of approximately 128mm.
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
A fabulous lens for portraits.
from S Yorkshire
About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Comments about Nikon 85mm f1.8 G AF-S Lens:
I did a lot of reading reviews of this lens. I wanted a good prime, more telephoto than the 50mm I used. This has been a treat. Fabulous pictures and small enough not to draw attention to the camera in public.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Great portrait lens
By Keith 66
I've used this lens for formal portraits with studio lights and informal family portraits at the beach and it always delivers. Fantastically sharp images with a lovely soft background. I took the usual step of calibrating the lens to my camera, and the difference was astounding. I'm sure Nikkor quality control is great but all lenses benefit from adjustment calibration in my opinion. I decided not to go for the f1.4 85mm because of price and weight but also because I watched many YouTube reviews which convinced me that only a pro would need the wider aperture.If you're not a pro, but you're serious about portraits - get this lens!
(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
from Glasgow, UK.
About Me Professional
This is a great lens, so far all of Nikon's f/1.8G lenses have been fantastic and are out performing their f/1.4G range. Unless you absolutely need that tiny bit extra going from f/1.8 to f/1.4, or you feel the slightly smoother bokeh is what you want, then paying the extra £800 for the f1.4 is madness. Some have complained about the f1.8Gs being flimsy but I don't think they are, it's a pleasure to use on my D3 compared to the 70-200mm f/2.8G VRII I used to own.I'm looking forward to Nikon bringing out a 24mm and 135mm f1.8G or f2G to add to the range.
By Jason P
from London UK
About Me Casual user, Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Excellent sharp lightweight portrait lens which does not cost the earth. I use it on my D800E with unbelievable results. Doesn't suffer from its plastic construction.
Great Images and Amazing Value
About Me Aspiring Professional
I use the lens primarily for portraits and as a short telephoto when travelling light with two or three fast primes. Primes provide the low light ability and image quality but you lack the convenience of a zoom. The choice is yours . . . quality or flexibility.
Great Portrait lens
from South Wales
Lovely lens and great price
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Superb for the price
I bought this lens for studio portrait work. I have a number of high quality Nikkor lens' and this is one of the first Chinese made cheaper end I have bought. However, the image quality is superb and so far I am glad I did not fork out for its big expensive brother. It is a top quality lens and I am very happy with it.
Superb portrait lens
I bought this to develop my portraiture - previously using the 24 - 70mm 2.8 - and am extremely pleased. I wish I had gone to prime lenses initially instead of the 24 - 70 (which is impressive) but the lightweight speedy nature of the 85mm along with its beautiful image quality has me leaving this on my D800 almost permanently. I also use a 50mm 1.8 which I'd review in the same way.Again, my caveat of not being a technical expert.
Light and fantastic
I bought it to replace my 70-200 for couple portraits at weddings and it's superb. It weighs next to nothing.. made from plastic.. and allows me to blow the backgrounds out while keeping the details pin sharp. I can carry it around all day and not notice it. No VR, though as it's light and stubby, I can keep my elbows close and reduce the chances of blur by motion. I've not had any on the job focus issues though when subjecting it to a little testing it is noticeably slower to focus than the x5 expensive 70-200.. no real world worries yet, aces all the way.It's made of plastic so, as with any lens, take care.Final word: I'd read the DXO stats & test, joint 2nd best Nikon lens and way sharp. In practice it's even sharper than I anticipated combined with the superb bokeh it's my preferred portrait lens over my awesome 70-200 2.8.
Good lens clear pictures
By Wendy B
I bought this lens to get close ups of my grandchildren. Without being in their face, I wasn't disappointed.I found this lens particularly good on a recent weekend to the Peak District we were able to get good clear close ups of the wildlife which visited our cabin, squirrels would sit nibbling bits which we had left out for them and this lens captured them without scaring them off, although you are unable to zoom in and out I found it great for getting those close ups whilst being discreet, great lens love it.
Included Accessories: lens hood, Soft pouch
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