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Fast f/1.8 medium-telephoto prime lens with manual aperture control.

This compact, affordable 85mm prime lens is an excellent choice for portrait photography and HD video recording. Its fast f/1.8 maximum aperture with manual control offers outstanding low-light performance, natural background blur and smooth aperture adjustments during Live View shooting. NIKKOR quality optics and design deliver stunning results every time.
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Truly stunning portraits

The medium-telephoto advantage

A medium-telephoto 85mm angle of view is a favorite among serious portrait photoraphers. The AF NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8D delivers that dramatic perspective in a compact, fast f/1.8 prime lens. It’s an excellent choice for indoor and outdoor portraits, indoor sports, stage productions and all-around HD video recording.

Oustanding in any light

f/1.8 maximum aperture with manual control

The AF NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8D’s wide maximum aperture brings new opportunities for shooting in low light and creating beautiful, softly blurred backgrounds. Manual aperture control means you can make smooth depth-of-field adjustments while shooting in Live View mode, a major advantage when you’re creating HD videos.
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Rear Focusing System
A system in which only the rear lens group moves during focusing, thus eliminating changes in the physical length of the lens during focusing and enabling faster focusing. Such lenses are designated with RF on the lens barrel.
Super Integrated Coating
Super Integrated Coating
Nikon Super Integrated Coating is Nikon's term for its multilayer coating of the optical elements in NIKKOR lenses.
AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D 4.7 5 42 42
Terrific lens I am very satisfied with this nikon product. The image quality is excellent and the lens is very affordable. I did have a chance to shoot with the new Nikon 85mm 1.4 lens. While I am very satisified with the 85mm1.8 the new 85mm1.4 Nikon lens spoils you. June 6, 2011
Great Portrait Lens This is a fabulous portrait lens, and it produces wonderful bokeh. The only fault I can find is that it does not autofocus on cameras like the D40 and the D60. It is also worth the price, without having to fork over more than $1,000 for the f/1.4 version. If you have a camera with a focusing motor that would support this lens, I would highly recommend it. May 9, 2011
Great portrait lens. Really sharp f2 on. Very nice bokeh as well. April 16, 2011
Excellent lens. Great value. What a great lens. Amazing portraits. Great value. Recommend this lens with no hesitation. April 15, 2011
a real bargain The 85 1.8D is the real bargain in Nikon's lineup. Mine is sharp, sharp wide open. There is some small CA, though, if you look for it. It is a good portrait lens, and it is good for other tasks where a short telephoto is desired. I like it for its size and its good focus speed. It also helps that the filter size (62 mm) is one that many of my lenses use. Build quality is good but not outstanding - but this lens is far less than half of the cost of the 1.4D and waaaay less than the 1.4G. I like the aperture ring and the size. I really like the images it produces. It comes with a metal screw-on hood. April 15, 2011
Great Investment Works great for portraits and indoor sports. Fast lens, precise, sharp. My only regret is not buying it SOONER!!! April 15, 2011
sharp! it's a superb lens. it's worth it! this lens is good for portraits even at a distance. i tried to used it as a walk around lens, still gave good result. i highly recommend this lens if the budget is a little tight compare to f/1.4 85mm. March 19, 2011
Fine lens; 35-105 zoom constant aperture better I bought three autofocus prime lenses, 35, 50, and this 85 with a D700.The autofocus 35, 50, and 85 are fine lenses, maybe not as good as my manual 35 f1,4, 50 f1.4 or 84 f1.4 but O.K. For digital, zooms with 28-35 to 85-105 and constant aperture would be better. I'd prefer 35-85 f2.8. January 23, 2011
This is a great lens I bought this lens mainly to photograph my kids' high school basketball games because I could not bring myself to pay big money for the 70-200mm. The focal lengh is just about right for most of the shots on the court. I am glad I went for the 1.8 because our gym is extremely dark. I have to shoot at 3200 ISO just to get to 1/320 speed. I sat by a lady with a 3.5 zoom lens and she was shocked by how well my pictures were turning out. She had to put her camera away because she couldn't get anything to turn out. The lens feels a little short to me because my fingers keep wanting to grab the end of the lens while it is focusing. I am really happy with this lens for the intended purpose. It is too much lens for most of my shots inside the house. January 17, 2011
Great sports, event and portrait lens The 85mm f/1.8 is a superb lens. I use it on a D90 for indoor sports, live stage events and portraits. Very sharp, distortion-free and fast focus. Beautiful bokeh. My clients rave about my images made with this lens. This lens is a great bargain, too. I'm not sure the extra cost of the f/1.4 would buy that much. Sure didn't seem worth it to me. I know it's 2/3 of a stop, but does that really change things enough to warrant the extra expense? December 21, 2010
Incredible This is probably the sharpest lens I own. Great for low light when a moderate telephoto is needed. The build quality is very nice. Just wish the supplied lens hood was a bayonet style rather than screw on November 10, 2010
Impressed I bought this lens specifically for covering volleyball for a newspaper. It focuses quickly and has sharp focus. I've been nothing but pleased with its quality. I get an extra stop of light with the 1.8 over a previous 2.8 lens and that means a lot when not being able to use flash for indoor sports sometimes in less than desirable lighting. September 9, 2010
The Gatekeeper of the Tele Primes' world. The review is based on DX body. The build quality of this lens is on par with consumer-grade Nikkors, outer plastic shell feel well put, no creeks, no blobs anywhere. Combined with the metal mount, you can be sure it'll endure lens changing in daily basis. Of course, this lens is AF Nikkor, autofocus is achieved by the screw from camera body, AF is not possible for D40 and the likes. The focus ring turns around during AF servo, please keep your fingers away. (85 f/1.4D won't do this.) MF takes a little play because of the short focus travel and low-friction focus ring. In image quality terms, this lens can show the near flawless output, negligible distortions and corner light falloff (Vignetting). CAs are quite low at every aperture settings, though the purple fringings at harsh contrasty areas might be annoying when you shoot wide-open. For me this lens can render sharpest output around F4 - F5.6, but I can use it at F2.8 without worry (esp. portraiture) and the quality at F2 is satisfying. If you're looking for first medium telephoto prime or looking for the more compact and lighter substitute for the existing pro tele zoom, don't look elsewhere. August 20, 2010
Great lens for a great price I love my 85mm f1.8 lens. It's very sharp, small, lightweight and it focuses quickly. It's soft at f1.8 but it sharpens up quickly. August 1, 2010
Great Lens I use this on both a DX and FX camera. Excellent sharpness and detail. Great for low light portraits and for throwing the background out of focus. My favorite lens. July 31, 2010
Great optics for the price I use this lens to shoot indoor sports. It is light-weight, fast enough and amazingly sharp. I love looking at the fine details in images captured with this lens. Nothing but good things to say about this lens. July 30, 2010
Excellent portrait lens Perfect balance of DOF and bokeh for a reasonable price. July 30, 2010
Excellent lens at an affordable price! This is the first lens that I choose to buy. It handle portraits very well, and isolates the subject from distracting backgrounds. Because it bright I often use it with out flash. If you like the perspective of a telephoto lens without the bulk, and weight, and don't mind some foot work to frame your subject, then this is bargain of a lens. Optically it's excellent. You'll need about 3m/10ft of room if you're doing portrait, so make sure you have room to move around. July 30, 2010
A great value I did a lot of research before buying this lens. I rented a copy and loved it. Very sharp pictures when combined with my D300. While very light, it is well built and strong enough that I do not worry about it. Considering the cost it really delivers quality photos. I think it is often overlooked because of the legendary 85f1.4. July 30, 2010
Best Portrait Lens on a Budget. Owning a number on lenses, primes and fast zooms, I always return to this lens if I'm doing portraits. It's focal length on both APS-C and full frame is near perfect for head shots. And it's fast f/1.8 helps frame your subject in a narrow depth of field. Excellent bokeh as well. It's small size is very convenient. Only complaint, the hood is screw on. Making it more difficult to use filters and return the lens cap when finished if using the hood. Overall it's the best value for quality and performance in a portrait/mid-telephoto prime. July 30, 2010
Great Portrait Lens I love this lens! It is so sharp, it has saved my business. I have the original 85mm from the 70's and am very happy that I bought the autofocus version. So wonderful to use for portraits. July 30, 2010
Superb quality My favorite for portrait. Bokeh is perfect. Fast and very accurate lens. July 30, 2010
One of their best Very well constructed mechanically - mostly metal! Optically, it's outstanding; good contrast, very sharp (even out to the edges when stopped down a bit), great resolution and pleasing bokeh. This is one of my favorite Nikkors. July 30, 2010
One of my favorite Nikon lens to date. I keep this lens on my 2nd camera body 90% of my photo sessions. Needle sharp and fast enough to handle low light portraits and events.I have used Nikkor lenes for over thirty years and must say that for the money, it's the best value of any lens that I own. July 30, 2010
Great lens Great lens. Fabulous clarity. Gathers tons of light. Awesome bokeh. Great value. I currently use this lense on Nikon D200 bodies for portraiture work. Because of the sensor size of the body, I get the 1.5X factor so this 85mm becomes almost like a 130mm. Too bad it doesn't zoom... that will be my next Nikkor! July 30, 2010
this lens is sharp! Last summer I bought the 1.4 version of this lens. The 1.4 is great, but I feel it did not preform like a $1400.00 lens. I returned it and bought the 1.8- I am very happy wth this lens and feel it is razor sharp at many f- stops. Looking forward to the AFS version with the G coating !!!!!!!!!! July 30, 2010
Great Lens I love this lens, I definitely am happy I made this my first lens choice. Excellent picture quality and great for closeup headshots and portraits. April 14, 2011
Great value, good portrait lens I have to say, it's not my favorite lens, but it is a decent performer. The build is okay, but not the rugged metal feel of the pro level lenses. Bokeh is pretty good. It is a staple in the Nikkor lens lineup, but I would try to stretch my budget to include the f/1.4 version, or opt for a 105mm lens. November 10, 2010
Among the best. Good IQ at f/1.8 and very good to excellent from f/2.8 on. I don't use it as much as I thought I would, but I'm always pleased when I do. October 4, 2010
needs stopping down to be sharp I like this lens except it's performance at f1.8 and f2. It gets sharp by f4 and beyond. I guess some portraits don't need to be sharp but mine do. The question raises, "why but a f1.8 or below if you have to stop it down to get sharpness"? Still it is a good lense and very reasonablely priced. August 2, 2010
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Is the AF nikkor 85mm f1.8D compatible with the nikon D90? I having trouble with AF.

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Hi, If you photograph people try to point focus to his/her eye.
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The D90 might not have an internal focusing motor, which is required for the AF to work on this lens. I have a D5000, for example, and need to focus manually.
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Yes it is, make sure all the contacts between camera and lens are clean
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AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D

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My AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 d lense appears not auto focus on my D40 camera. Should it? if so, how do make the auto focus?
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no, it shouldn't. only af-s (or internal motor drive) lenses can autofocus on a d40, d60, d3000, d3100, d5000 and d5100 bodies as they lack the screw drive built into the body.
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The D40 does not have a screw drive that I am aware of, so this lens will not auto focus.
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Is the D5000 compatible with the AF NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8D lens?

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Will the AF work with the D3100? Or will I have to MF?
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Yes it is compatible, however you will have to manual focus it.
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does it work with the D3100?

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This lens will indeed work with a D3100. However, it will not autofocus on a D3100 because neither the camera nor the lens have an internal autofocus motor.
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Yes but you will have to focus manually, it does not have a built in lens motor
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Is this lens made in Thailand or in Japan?

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I went to 2 different stores and one sells Nikkor 85mm 1.8 D made in Thailand and one Nikkor 85mm 1.8 D made in Japan.

The ones sold in the US is only made in Japan or it is also made in Thailand.
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They are made in thailand. But if you check out ACE PHOTO IN VIRGINA, THEY HAVE ONE LEFT THAT IS MADE IN JAPAN.
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Nikon operates factories all across the globe and each operate to the same high standard. While individual cameras are marked with their country of manufacture we can't make a blanket statement about which camera is produced where.
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5T Close Up Lens & 85mm f1.8D

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Does the 85mm f1.8D work with the 5T Close Up Lens? Is there any focus distance and magnification information available?
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Lens to Subject Distance is 775-461mm. Reproduction Ratio is 1:7.8-1:4.3 and Subject field size is 188 x 282 - 104 x 156 in millimeter.
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Yes, 5T & 6T can use with AF 85 f/1.8D.
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Is the AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D compatible with the D3000? and f you have to MF?

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It's will not Auto Focus with D3000.
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Yes it will fit nd yes you have to manual focus.
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accept for the default setting which is 16. thats not good?
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I put the F stop on 16, locked it and I am only able to control the shutter speed. Not the aperture. Can someone please advise.

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This lens is fully compatible with the D7000. Set the aperture on the lens to f/16 and lock it there using the switch located just to the right of 1.8. Now the lens will function in all exposure modes with the aperture being set electronically using the rotating wheel.
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Nikkor 85mm 1.8D and Nikon Df compatibility in Aperture mode

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Hi,

I have bought a Nikkor 85mm 1.8D for my Nikon Df.
But it only works with the aperture set to f16.
If I set it to f.8 or more, I get FEE error, whatever the mode (A, M, P) and cannot take any photo.

I thought the Df would accept ANY lens.
Am I missing something or is the lens/camera faulty.

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Aperture must be set and locked a F/16, aperture is then controlled by the camera not the lens.
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Please read pages 267-268 of the user manual.
It can be downloaded here:
http://download3.nikonimglib.com/archive1/Fmy0O00idFXn00BhAlP77grqqn65/Df_(En)01.pdf
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Is it compatible with D5200?

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Hi, I would like to buy this Lens and use it with D5200 Camera. is it compatible? can i use auto focus mode while taking pictures or i have to manually adjust the focus ring. plz suggest.
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Will not auto focus, as neither the lens or the camera have built in focus motors. You need the AF-S version the -S means the lens has a built in focus motor.
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It will fit no problem but will be manual focus only.
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