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A legendary portrait lens

This renowned, ultra-fast f/1.4 prime lens opens up a world of artistic potential. Optimized for FX-format D-SLRs, it combines superior NIKKOR optical properties and advanced Nikon lens technologies for truly exceptional performance in the field or in the studio, whether shooting stills or HD videos. Its versatile medium-telephoto 85mm angle-of-view and shallow depth of field deliver razor-sharp detail, high contrast, true color reproduction and beautiful background blur (bokeh) for close-up subjects, portraits, nature images and more.
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Exceptional portraits and videos

f/1.4 85mm medium-telephoto perspective

The ultra-fast AF NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4D IF delivers photos and HD videos with remarkable sharpness and beautiful shallow depth-of-field, even in low-light situations. Its medium-telephoto angle-of-view—a favorite among portrait photographers—will inspire creative new compositions. Manual aperture control lets you make smooth adjustments during Live View shooting, a major advantage for HD video recording. Expect truly exceptional results in every shooting situation.

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Superior optical design and features

Built on a legacy of outstanding optical performance, the AF NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4D IF shines as one of NIKKOR’s flagship lenses. Its A-M switch allows for fast switching between AF and manual focusing modes. Nikon’s Internal Focusing (IF) technology enables precise focusing without the lens size changing, allowing for more compact, lightweight lens construction and closer minimum focusing distances. The Super Integrated Coating (SIC) prevents lens flare and ghosting, even at wide aperture settings. And the lens’ rounded nine-blade diaphragm creates a more attractive, natural background blur effect.
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A-M stands for Auto-Manual Mode. Thanks to a mechanism incorporated in the lens barrel, smooth focusing operation in Manual focus mode is realized in the same way as users have become accustomed to with conventional manual-focus lenses by adding an appropriate torque to the focus ring.
IF Lens
IF Lens
A NIKKOR lens in which only the internal lens group shifts during focusing. These lenses will be designated with the abbreviation IF 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.
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A must have lens for portrait photographer. It's worth every penny spent. Razor-sharp details and silky sweet bokeh. July 30, 2010
The Bokeh Queen... I have had this lens on my wish list for a while, and finally went for it. So glad I did. I have always been a 70-200 2.8 guy, and still am for certain things, but I have found this 85mm 1.4d gives you the best bokeh effects specifically for portrait applications. And is much easier to carry around as well...I think a new love affair has begun for me....very solid construction...feels balanced with my D3. I've shot the 85mm 1.4G as well. It may have a slight edge in some areas, but I find those differences to be minor. April 24, 2014
Phenomenal lens, tack sharp, creamy, melted butter of a bokeh I have bought this lens originally for my Nikon D700, and it performed flawlessly. Tack sharp at 1.4, and the falloff into dream-like bokeh is quite beautiful. I also love the all metal screw in lens hood, very high quality and THAT's protection for the lens (I don't use UV filters, I think the hood is protection enough - especially this one). Construction-wise it's well built, the AF motor is a tad bid louder than the newer G lenses, but I don't mind that at all. For me it's the image quality at the end of the day. Though I was worried that when I upgraded to D800E and the D600 this lens would not be able to keep up, I was pleasantly surprised. I love everything about this lens, it's great for portraits. I only shoot it at 1.4. That what this lens was meant for. Get it, if you can find a used one, it's built like a tank, so it lasts forever, and I have a feeling it holds its used value, so even if you give it up, you are not likely going to lose much. June 3, 2013
This lens has no Nikon equal perhaps the canon 1.2l and I think this lens is sharper at the centre. Flowers, portraits and depth of field are what I love most, so this lens is a dream, love it to bits, I started with the 50 1.4D which was a learning curve, and then the 80-200 2.8 ED which is also good but this lens is just so easy in comparison. Like the 50mm, the 85 is a gem when closed down for landscapes. Comparing the 85 1.4D to the other versions, this one has the narrowest depth of field and looking at the photo-zone playing card tests, it is closer to the Canon 1.2L in the blur characteristics than the other Nikons, which is quite a surprise! though the Canon will let in more light obviously, but it does highlight that the design of being very sharp in the centre with large fall off either side was very much intended and a very clever design for its purpose, by landscape settings there is not much difference between all the 85's including Sigma. The other interesting fact is the new 85 has the same T stop of 1.7, despite the Nano coating. This f1.2 like characteristic is what some pro's are missing in the new lens, which will show itself in the blurred region between the eyes and hair in portrait photography, so now they still need both lenses! John April 8, 2013
Incredible Bokeh the Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D pretty much lives on my D300s ..The incredible depth of adjustments of this lense offer the shooter so many different artisitc options .. Its ability to shoot in very low light (handheld) is a joy .. I shoot a lot in museum environments where the light is low and the tripod is not allowed .. f/1.4 with an ISO of 1600 is awesome .. It's a great street photography lense as well allowing you to interact with your subjects but still provide a little distance .. It's fast focusing and is the perfect size to compliment my D300s with the battery pack .. I have not tested the G version of this lense and probably won't now .. Although closer to a 130mm lens on my DX format camera, I still use it as my go to everyday lens and really dig the compression of this focal length .. Definitely a must have lense if you like the leg work a prime lense forces you to do ! September 9, 2011
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1 yes. 2 85 x 1.5 . 3 i dont know.
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I forgot to answer your second question, about why this lens does not have VR.

The reason is that this is a lens designed primarilly for portraiture with an FX camera. The rule of thumb for an FX camera is that the shutter speed should be 1/focal length or 1/85th. It is usually easy to maintain at least 1/85th shutter for portraiture, so they didn't include VR.

However, on a DX camera the rule of thumb is that the shutter speed should be 1/effective focal length or 1/127.5. This is a little harder to achieve, but is still fine for studio work, so it is still an excellent lens for a DX camera, even without VR.

If you are looking for a lens to do low ambient available light candids, the 85mm f/1.4 may not be the best choice. A better lens on your D300s might be the 50mm f/1.4. That will have an effective focal length of 75.5mm (on a DX camera), so you will be able to handhold without VR to a shutter speed of 1/75.

Another great DX lens for available light is the 17-55mm f/2.8 DX lens. The zoom range is perfect on a DX camera for parties, receptions, family pics, etc, and it is tack sharp at f/2.8.
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This is an FX lens, meaning it will project an image circle large enough to cover an FX sensor (same size as a 35mm film camera).

Your D300s has a DX size sensor, which is smaller than an FX sensor, so the projection circle of this lens easily covers the DX sensor.

The DX sensor is said to have a 1.5X Crop Factor because with its projection circle, it 'crops' out 0.7X of the area the lens projects. And if you multiply the area of the DX sensor by 1.5, it will equal the area of the FX sensor.

The other requirement of this lens is that the camera must have a focusing screw driver. The D300s has a focusing screw driver (as do all of the higher end Nikon DSLRs).

So, yes, it will work on your D300s, and it is a wonderful portrait lens if you have a big enough studio. I say this because the 1.5X crop factor makes this lens act like a 127.5mm telephoto lens. This means that you will have to stand back quite a bit farther to get your subject to fit into the frame, so you need a bigger studio.

Also the depth of field of this lens will be slightly greater on a DX camera than on an FX camera. This means you will have to open it up slightly wider to achieve similar background blur on your D300s compared to an FX camera.
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Yes it is compatible with the 300s, effective 127mm in DX
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Is the 85mm 1.4D compatible with the TC-17E AF-S teleconverter?

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No. The AF NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4D IF lens is compatible with Nikon manual focus teleconverters TC-201 and TC-14a.
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No, tc's will not fit the 85mm
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Will this lens (85 mm f1.4D IF) auto-focus on my D-5000?

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No. The D5000 requires AF-S lenses for auto-focus. Here is the new AF-S version of this lens: http://www.nikonusa.com/Nikon-Products/Product/Camera-Lenses/2195/AF-S-NIKKOR-85mm-f%252F1.4G.html
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Will this lens autofocus on my D7000 and D90 cameras?

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will this lens 85mm af f/1.4D if lens work with the d80 nikon

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Yes. The 85mm f/1.4D, as all "D" lenses, will meter and autofocus with any Nikon digital camera with an in-body motor. The Nikon D80 is one such body that has an in-body motor.

Note that higher end bodies have more powerful motors so it will not focus as fast as say a D3S. In practice, though I haven't noticed the difference to be significant between the speed of this lens on my Nikon D70, D200 and D3.
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WHY THIS 85MM1.4D NIKKOR DID NOT AUTO FOCUS ON MY FUJI S3 PRO EVENTHOUGH IT HAS A SCREW AF PRONG ON HIS BODY...
MY SECOND QUESTION IS EVENTHOUGH IT DID NOT AUTOFOCUS IT WILL BE METERED ACCORDING TO TTL METERING
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We cannot guarantee functionality with a third party product. Please get in contact with them for support and compatibility information.
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Is this lens compatible with a D7000

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I saw a comment that it's compatible with a D300 and all higher range bodies but I want to be sure it will work, no problems, with a D7000.
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Yes full function
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D lenses have an aperture control ring which you would noy use on the D7000 as the aperture is controlled by the camera. The G lenses do not have the aperture ring.
I would get the AF-S 85mm 1.4G.
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does this lens work with d40x?

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I am impressed with these lenses, almost bought it and thought of checking the compatibility, does this work with d40x?
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Yes but will be manual focus only
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My wife just bought the new D7100. Checking to see if this lens compatible with that camera for her Chrismas gift?

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Yes it is.
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