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Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D 35mm Primes

4.63 star rating
                      4.63 / 5 (60 Reviews)
MSRP : $424.95
Focal Length : 85mm | Max. Aperture : f/1.8  | Focus : Autofocus  

  • Camera Format35 mm SLR
    Lens TypeFixed Focal Length Lens
    Focal Length85mm
    Lens Max Aperturef/1.8
    Min Aperturef/16
    Focus TypeAutofocus
    Macro LensWithout Macro Lens
    Closest Focusing Distance36 in
    Picture Angle28 degrees
    Attachment / Filter Size62 mm
    Groups / Elements6 Elements in 6 Groups
    Diameter2.8 in
    Length2.3 in
    Weight14.6 oz
    Product ID20724784

Product Description

This fast, compact lens is an excellent choice for indoor or outdoor portraits, as well as indoor sports and stage productions. Autofocus capability for easy indoor or outdoor portraiture. Exceptionally compact for a telephoto lens. Focuses down to 36 inches. An excellent choice for your first telephoto lens.

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mohawk51 a Expert

Date Reviewed: May 15, 2009

Strengths:    Sharpness, Contrast, Weight and a Fast lens. What more?

Weaknesses:    None really noted.

Bottom Line:   
This lens, I like. I like a lot. Photozone did a lab test on this lens and the 1.4D. This lens outperforms the 1.4D in distortion, resolution, chromatic abberations and vignetting from each of their respective widest openings to F11. Check it out. I just don't see the point of spending 3 times as much for the 1.4D (Unless you do portraits for a living). The bokek on the 1.4 is nicer. I shoot landscapes, what would I need for bokeh for? Heck, you could go through (3) 1.8D's for the cost of (1) 1.4D. Not likely! Save your money for other goodies in the photo world.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $390.00

Purchased At:   B&H

Similar Products Used:   Everything Nikon.

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by bhobg a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: March 28, 2009

Strengths:    Sharpness, colors, bokeh.

Weaknesses:    None.

Bottom Line:   
Sensational lens. For such a reasonable price you get a brilliant medium telephoto. The image quality is magnificent in low light for concerts. Portraits are great too. Bokeh is lovely and sharpness is absurdly good.

Colors are also much richer here than on my 55-200 VR zoom. I also use this for soccer with very pleasant results. i can't wait to shoot billiards with this. I can't imagine the f/1.4 version of this focal length being three times better.

Highly recommended to all serious Nikonians. It won't autofocus with the D40 or D60 but I have a D80.

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Duration Product Used:   0-1 years

Similar Products Used:   50 mm f/1.8, 30mm f/1.4

Type of photography:   People

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Axle a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: February 6, 2008

Strengths:    * super fast autofocus
* sharp
* low profile telephoto
* FAST! Great for concerts or low light events

Weaknesses:    * a little soft at full open aperature

Bottom Line:   
f/1.8 telephoto for under a grand...yes please.

Alright so I've used this lens for a couple weeks now and only now realizing how awesome it is. For portrait and photojournalism options this lens is brilliant, set it to f/8 slide on a flash with a lightsphere on it and you have your self a portable studio.

Really sharp with a clean bokeh at f/8. A little soft at full aperature (f/1.8). I've used this to shoot people, objects, and various events and it hasn't failed me.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Henry's

Similar Products Used:   None

Type of photography:   People

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by xml5000 a Expert

Date Reviewed: September 8, 2006

Strengths:    Sharpness, colour rendition

Weaknesses:    build not pro like, but not bad either

Bottom Line:   
A really good purchase for me. Totally sharp, accurate colour rendition, actually sharper I think than the F1.4 version cost 3x more +. A wonderful lens.

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $290.00

Type of photography:   Fine Art

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by VinnyP! a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: July 5, 2006

Strengths:    Lens speed, image quality and build quality.

Weaknesses:    Noisy (none IF) AF, focusing ring is fiddly and turns under AF.

Bottom Line:   
A good value lens that easily fills a gap in most kit bags. If you are a portrait specialist then this lens is not for you, also if you regularly take pictures in low light again the 1.4 85mm or 50 will be higher on your list. But if like me 2.8 zooms and tele lenses are fast enough for 95% of your work and you don't work much in a studio then used or new this represents great value and produces good results. Its sharp and because of the bright image manages to focus very fast despite having no internal motor.

On a digital SLR it allows you to be a good distance from the subject when used as a portrait lens and can throw the background out of focus with a quite pleasing bokeh. It also performs well in low light situations (being a 127mm 1.8 equivalent) like a theatre but the noisy AF may prove annoying.

It handles well except for the fact the focusing ring doesn't disengage when in AF. Its well made robust and optically sound. I would buy it again and it would be good value at more than I paid for it. Not many lenses you can say that about.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $120.00

Purchased At:   Used

Type of photography:   Outdoor

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