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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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Best portrait lens It is very hard to argue that this isn't the best portrait lens on the market. Originally I was using it on a DX format camera, and you can struggle with having to stand a long way from the subject for portraits, but once I mated it with an FX format camera, it has shone. The soft focus outside the depth of field is magnificent, and it is a wonderful lens to work with. It has got far more use on my cameras than I would have expected. June 23, 2011
Clarity, focus and bokeh are outstanding Previously I had the Nikon 85mm f/1.8, but exchanged it for the 85mm f/1.4D. Wow! What a difference! Yes, it cost much more than the 1.8, but the 1.4 is worth it if you can afford it. It is more than the difference in aperture from 1.8 to 1.4 - the clarity, the faster focus, and the bokeh are improved by a factor of 5x. My main walk around lens on my D700. June 11, 2011
Incredible Lens This is a must have for the camera bag. Super bright edge to edge - corner to corner sharpness is perfect. Well balanced. Nice comfortable size. June 1, 2011
A great lens. I use this lens primarily for photographing my grandson and newborns of friends. It is one of my favorites. It does have a very shallow depth of field with f1.4. With a very slight turn of the subject's head may have portions of the face out of focus enough to not be desirable. Using f5.6, or so, will have more of the face in focus if that is desired. April 14, 2011
WOW...I love this lens! What an amazing lens! This is THE must-have lens for any serious portrait photographer! April 14, 2011
Incredible lens I was able to make wonderful shots of family & friends, with sweet bokeh and great shapness. Recommended. April 14, 2011
Solid. If I had to choose one lens to work with exclusively it would be this one without a second thought. Wonderful lens!!! One of Nikon's best. April 14, 2011
Must own lens! Sharp, Sharp, Sharp! This lens is just a gem. The bokeh is beautiful and the lens is very sharp. Even when it is wide open, it is very sharp. The distance is great for 3/4 portarts, headshots and tight shots. This is one of those lens that I will never sell! Auto-focus could be a little slow in low-light, but it still performs magically! February 19, 2011
The standard in portraits I couldn't afford the new G lens the result is the D one generation older. Not new for me, I also have the 28-70mm 2.8 lens and what all these have in common: They compete with even the newest of lenses in just about every aspect. The 85mm1.4D is just sweet for portraits. The bokeh and the razor sharpness of the portraits are just amazing. Sure there is software that mimics the bokeh but don't be fooled. They try but I wouldn't want to spend hours retouching my pictures with software. I rather be out having fun and thats what this lens is. Its timeless! The colors are rich and has great contrast too. I will keep it for some time along with my other nikon lenses. December 3, 2010
My Opinion Excellent results you'll get out of this masterpiece . . the only drawback, for me, is the build quality . . but i guess this was solved in the next version f1.4G. if you shoot portraits, this is a must. Bokeh machine. August 19, 2010
A lens for the people and about the people Really now, and you say you created that bokeh without some special software? Actually that software does exist and funny thing is it will allow you to choose this particular lens in case you left it at home.However, this is not about the software but about the people who take pictures of people and use this remarkable lens. Try it with a christmas tree in the background and you will see for yourself the shear beauty it delivers. Set your subject in front of this lens and let the camera do the talking or taking if you perfer. If portraits are your thing and you don't own this lens yet, you are missing the action or should I say the people. Tell Santa to put this under the tree and you'll never look back. That is unless you are intentionally looking back to photograph the tree where you just unwrapped your new lens. You'll Love It !!! August 2, 2010
favourite lens by far bought this lens to compliment my d700 for portrait work results have been magazine like for family and friends beautiful creamy bokeh with sharp subjects July 31, 2010
best portrait lens! Dont let the price keep you from buying this fantastic lens.The portrait shots are incredible.My wife loves the photos I take of our children with it, but I will never let her know how much it cost. July 30, 2010
Great lens for indoor sports photography This lens is my mainstay for indoor sports photography, particularly volleyball and basketball. It gives you good reach and great shallow depth of field (bokeh) The f/1.4 comes in very handy when the gym lights are dim (the usual conditions), so that your shutter speed is fast enough to stop the action. Parents are surprised that I can capture action photos that they can't with their slow kit lenses. Just be aware that the more wide open (f/1.4-f/2.0) the lens, the smaller the focal plane, so you need to be right on with your focus. Your keeper rate might be low, but you will be able to get photos that others can't. July 30, 2010
Awesome portrait lens This is the most awesome lens for portraits. Beautiful bokeh around the face and sharp as can be. Worth the high price if you love to take portraits. July 30, 2010
It's all about the Bokeh If you want the most amazingly sharp lens with the best bokeh - look no further! I am hoping that Nikon comes out with a new G version of this lens. July 30, 2010
Superb This is my go to lens for portraits. It's just a gorgeous lens that produces gorgeous images every single time. It's tack sharp and the bokeh is the best around! I can't recommend this lens enough! July 30, 2010
This lens has great Bokeh This is a great lens with a very solid Build. The Bokeh is great. The biggest challenge I have with this lens is the focus on DSLr's. I have a D300 and D300S and I do not have Consistant sharp focus while I shoot low light photos during live performances. Also found that this lens needs Focus adjustment. July 30, 2010
Perfection for Portraits Hands down my favorite lens for portrait work. Razor Sharp with incredible defocus... It will be said again and again but save your money for this lens, I did not buy two others to get this one and it was worth it. July 30, 2010
Cream of the Crop Wanted this lens for a long time to do portraits and other short tele- tasks on full frame. It is one of my favorite lenses now -- very sharp, outstanding color rendition and contrast, and the way it handles out of focus areas is very smooth and nice. I do recommend this lens, it's at the top of the chain for mid-tele super-fast primes, and with the autofocus feature, it wins over that other one that is not! I wish that Nikon would come out with a new version with VR-II, N coating, and update the Manual/Auto mechanism and focusing to AF-s! AFS lenses rule for convenience and interface in use, but optically you can hardly beat the current version and that is why this is such a venerable lens...meanwhile, I'm volunteering my services as a tester for the next version! July 30, 2010
This lens has great bokeh!! This lens is great for portraits. However, I find when shooting sports in low lighting situations, it doesn't focus very fast. July 30, 2010
The King of Perfect Bokeh No other lens can bit creamy bokeh generated by this lens. Extremely sharp and contrast up to 1.4 apperture. Build like a rock. This is one of my favorite lens for D700. Great job Nikon! I'm lucky user of this lens since Nov 2008. July 30, 2010
Excellent sharp lens I use this for theater photography where the normal exposure for ISO 1000 is 1/25 and f/1.4. This lens is superb under these conditions- the images are sharp and excellent contrast. It's great for portraiture if you need to have complete control of depth of field. July 30, 2010
excellent portrait lens best lens for portraits. has no distortion and the Bokeh is fantastic a must have lens... July 30, 2010
85mm f1.4D Super lens, my close portrait lens, will do great 1/2 length, or couples very well. Robust build, very fast, perfectly proportioned for the D3 series bodies. Crisp, good color. You get what you pay for. July 30, 2010
creamy bokeh I love this this lens because it's sharp with creamy bokeh.. July 30, 2010
incredibly fast, sharp lens Bought this lens to go with my new D300s and I couldn't be happier. Low light is never a problem. It's an extremely sharp lens that's perfect for portraits. July 30, 2010
I could not be happier with this lens. I pirmarily shoot in studio portrait work with this lens and it is a pure joy. The resulting images are crisp and sharp with wonderful clarity. It has quickly become my "go-to" lens of choice. July 30, 2010
Get it for Portraits, It is magical. I have thought long and hard about getting this, and I finally did. It is expensive (the 1.8 is 1/3 or the price). I am not a sharpness guy, and though the lens is very sharp, its portraits shots wide open are truly amazing. I am always shooting at 1.4-1.6 and I very pleased with the results. This is a classic pro lens. Negatives: I wish we could focus at closer distances. That would be a big plus. July 30, 2010
Excellent for Portraits Excellent for portrait photography. Great detail under many different lighting situations. July 30, 2010
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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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