Loading

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.
A-M
IF Lens
Super Integrated Coating

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.

Flagship NIKKOR lens

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.
A-M
A-M
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.
AF NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4D IF 4.9 5 41 41
Excellent for Portraits Excellent for portrait photography. Great detail under many different lighting situations. July 30, 2010
Fantastic Portrait Lens I purchased this lens for portrait work with my family. It is without a doubt the best Nikon lens for portrait work. The number of blades for the diaphram makes for pleasing buttery bokeh in the out of focus areas. The focal length is very pleasing for portraits. Low light performance is great at 1.4 Very high quality lens. July 30, 2010
One of Nikon's Best I have used this lens originally on the D90 and D7000. When I upgraded to the full frame D600 this lens really started to shine. It is razor sharp particularly when wide open. When shooting portraits, you do have to be very careful with your focus point due to its very shallow depth of field but once you get it right I dare say you would be hard pressed to find any other lens that would outperform it. I also have the 24-70 f2.8 and 70-200 f2.8 which I use for portraits but I find that the quality of the photos when using this prime lens is always far superior. Like anything else, you get what you pay for, so while it is expensive it is truly a wise investment. If portraits are your thing, don't hesitate to put this in your bag. June 8, 2014
Fee error on my D700 This lens works fine on my D90, And every other lens I have works on my D700 but this one. The D700 will auto-focus with this lens fine but will not let me click an exposure. All I get is a Fee error. I've tried opening the aperture all the way and all that. Any suggestions? November 18, 2010
Lens needs updating Shooting wide open at 1.4 does give you images that you won't get with most lenses but this lens does it have its limitations. First the good. The 85 1.4 does offer you the ability to shoot in very low light. The color is good and the lens when stopped down is very sharp. The lens is also compact when compared to the Canon equivalent. On the negative side the lens although the lens offers low light capability the focusing does not work very well in low light. The worst part is that the lens can actually register that it is in focus when it is not. Focusing speed is also slow. The other issue is CA. The CA is very heavy on this lens and although most can be fixed in processing it is an annoyance. If you have only shot Nikon then this lens may be on your short list. I would say that it doesn't have quite the magic that the Canon has but it also doesn't have the price tag. I would recommend the Nikon 105mm F2 DFC over the 85 and I hope that Nikon updates this lens soon. July 31, 2010
This product is very good for sports photos This is a product I would recomend for action shots and close ups of concert and sports events. Light weight and very versitile. July 30, 2010
Page: 2 3
<<prev
12 Questions | 16 Answers

Product Q&A

Ask your questions. Share your answers.

 
 
Clear Search
 
 
12 Questions | 16 Answers
All Questions
Page: 2
next>>
Sort by:
+2points
2out of 2found this question helpful.
Was this helpful?helpful2unhelpful0
2 years, 7 months ago by
by
RAL
Long Island, New York, USA
Location : 
Long Island, New York, USA
Age: 45-54
Favorite Subject: Sports
Nikon Family: 2-5 years
Role: Serious passion, hobbyist
4 Answers

Answers

0points
0out of 0found this answer helpful.
Was this helpful?helpful0unhelpful0
Answer: 
1 yes. 2 85 x 1.5 . 3 i dont know.
Apr 10, 2012 by
by
earl
Hillsborough, NC 27278, USA
Location : 
Hillsborough, NC 27278, USA
Age: 45-54
Favorite Subject: Portrait
Nikon Family: 2-5 years
Experience: More than a year
Role: Serious passion, hobbyist

0points
0out of 0found this answer helpful.
Was this helpful?helpful0unhelpful0
Answer: 
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.
Apr 10, 2012 by
by
Arkayem
Savannah, GA, USA
Location : 
Savannah, GA, USA
Age: 55-65
Favorite Subject: Portrait
Nikon Family: 21+ years
Experience: More than a year
Role: Professional photographer

0points
0out of 0found this answer helpful.
Was this helpful?helpful0unhelpful0
Answer: 
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.
Apr 10, 2012 by
by
Arkayem
Savannah, GA, USA
Location : 
Savannah, GA, USA
Age: 55-65
Favorite Subject: Portrait
Nikon Family: 21+ years
Experience: More than a year
Role: Professional photographer

0points
0out of 0found this answer helpful.
Was this helpful?helpful0unhelpful0
Answer: 
Yes it is compatible with the 300s, effective 127mm in DX
Apr 10, 2012 by
by
JoeR
1 person is following this questionFollow This Question
AF NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4D IF
 
2 Answers

Is the 85mm 1.4D compatible with the TC-17E AF-S teleconverter?

Sep 4, 2013 by
by
Anonymous
0points
0out of 0found this question helpful.
Was this helpful?helpful0unhelpful0
1 year, 2 months ago
by
Anonymous
2 Answers

Answers

+1point
1out of 1found this answer helpful.
Was this helpful?helpful1unhelpful0
Answer: 
No. The AF NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4D IF lens is compatible with Nikon manual focus teleconverters TC-201 and TC-14a.
Sep 5, 2013 by
by
PhotoGeek

0points
0out of 0found this answer helpful.
Was this helpful?helpful0unhelpful0
Answer: 
No, tc's will not fit the 85mm
Sep 4, 2013 by
by
KeithD
1 person is following this questionFollow This Question
AF NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4D IF
 
1 answer

Will this lens (85 mm f1.4D IF) auto-focus on my D-5000?

Oct 9, 2011 by
by
KenM
Redmond, WA
+1point
1out of 1found this question helpful.
Was this helpful?helpful1unhelpful0
3 years, 1 month ago
by
KenM
Redmond, WA
Location : 
Redmond, WA
Age: 55-65
Favorite Subject: Family & Friends
Nikon Family: 21+ years
Experience: Less than a month
Role: Serious passion, hobbyist
1 answer

Answers

+4points
4out of 4found this answer helpful.
Was this helpful?helpful4unhelpful0
Answer: 
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
Oct 9, 2011 by
by
MichaelL
1 person is following this questionFollow This Question
AF NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4D IF
 
1 answer

Will this lens autofocus on my D7000 and D90 cameras?

Dec 16, 2011 by
by
Nick
Indiana, USA
+1point
3out of 5found this question helpful.
Was this helpful?helpful3unhelpful2
2 years, 11 months ago by
by
Nick
Indiana, USA
Location : 
Indiana, USA
Age: 55-65
Favorite Subject: Landscape
Nikon Family: 11-20 years
Role: Serious passion, hobbyist
1 answer

Answers

+6points
6out of 6found this answer helpful.
Was this helpful?helpful6unhelpful0
Answer: 
Yes.
Dec 16, 2011 by
by
KeithD
1 person is following this questionFollow This Question
AF NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4D IF
 
1 answer

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

Dec 19, 2011 by
by
Anonymous
Portland, TN, USA
-1point
0out of 1found this question helpful.
Was this helpful?helpful0unhelpful1
2 years, 11 months ago by
by
Anonymous
Portland, TN, USA
Location : 
Portland, TN, USA
Age: 45-54
Favorite Subject: Family & Friends
Nikon Family: 2-5 years
Role: Serious passion, hobbyist
1 answer

Answers

0points
0out of 0found this answer helpful.
Was this helpful?helpful0unhelpful0
Answer: 
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.
Dec 20, 2011 by
by
tychay
San Francisco, CA
Location : 
San Francisco, CA
Age: 25-34
Favorite Subject: Landscape
Nikon Family: 6-10 years
Experience: Less than a month
Role: Semi-professional photographer
1 person is following this questionFollow This Question
Has staff answer
AF NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4D IF
 
1 answer

ABOUT OTHER BODY

Jun 30, 2012 by
by
VINZ
METRO MANILA PHILIPPINES
Has staff answer
0points
0out of 0found this question helpful.
Was this helpful?helpful0unhelpful0
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
THANK YOU SO MUCH
2 years, 4 months ago by
by
VINZ
METRO MANILA PHILIPPINES
Location : 
METRO MANILA PHILIPPINES
Age: 25-34
Favorite Subject: Portrait
Nikon Family: 6-10 years
Experience: 6-12 months
Role: Semi-professional photographer
1 answer

Answers

0points
0out of 0found this answer helpful.
Was this helpful?helpful0unhelpful0
Answer: 
We cannot guarantee functionality with a third party product. Please get in contact with them for support and compatibility information.
Jul 2, 2012 by
by
NikonStaff
1 person is following this questionFollow This Question
AF NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4D IF
 
1 answer

Is this lens compatible with a D7000

Nov 3, 2012 by
by
Anonymous
0points
0out of 0found this question helpful.
Was this helpful?helpful0unhelpful0
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.
2 years ago
by
Anonymous
Age: 25-34
Favorite Subject: Portrait
Nikon Family: 6-10 years
Experience: Less than a month
Role: Semi-professional photographer
1 answer

Answers

0points
0out of 0found this answer helpful.
Was this helpful?helpful0unhelpful0
Answer: 
Yes full function
Nov 3, 2012 by
by
JoeR
1 person is following this questionFollow This Question
+1point
1out of 1found this question helpful.
Was this helpful?helpful1unhelpful0
1 year, 9 months ago
by
new nikon
CA
Location : 
CA
Age: 35-44
Favorite Subject: Portrait
Nikon Family: 0-1 years
Role: Just getting started with photography
1 answer

Answers

0points
0out of 0found this answer helpful.
Was this helpful?helpful0unhelpful0
Answer: 
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.
Feb 6, 2013 by
by
JoeR
1 person is following this questionFollow This Question
AF NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4D IF
 
1 answer

does this lens work with d40x?

Feb 7, 2013 by
by
new photographer
Austin, TX, USA
0points
0out of 0found this question helpful.
Was this helpful?helpful0unhelpful0
I am impressed with these lenses, almost bought it and thought of checking the compatibility, does this work with d40x?
1 year, 9 months ago
by
new photographer
Austin, TX, USA
Location : 
Austin, TX, USA
Age: 35-44
Favorite Subject: Portrait
Nikon Family: 6-10 years
Experience: More than a year
Role: Just getting started with photography
1 answer

Answers

0points
0out of 0found this answer helpful.
Was this helpful?helpful0unhelpful0
Answer: 
Yes but will be manual focus only
Feb 8, 2013 by
by
KeithD
1 person is following this questionFollow This Question
AF NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4D IF
 
1 answer

My wife just bought the new D7100. Checking to see if this lens compatible with that camera for her Chrismas gift?

Dec 8, 2013 by
by
husband to a passionate hobbyist photographer
So. Louisiana
0points
0out of 0found this question helpful.
Was this helpful?helpful0unhelpful0
11 months ago
by
husband to a passionate hobbyist photographer
So. Louisiana
Location : 
So. Louisiana
Age: 45-54
Favorite Subject: Nature
Nikon Family: 2-5 years
Role: Serious passion, hobbyist
1 answer

Answers

0points
0out of 0found this answer helpful.
Was this helpful?helpful0unhelpful0
Answer: 
Yes it is.
Dec 8, 2013 by
by
KeithD
1 person is following this questionFollow This Question
Page: 2
next>>
Page: 2
next>>

Product Registration

Registering your Nikon product allows us to send you (with your permission) important updates, service information and helpful hints, and it makes it easier should you ever need to call in for help.
Register your product online now.

Nikon Answers Site

We store all resolved problems in our solution database. If you can’t find a relevant answer, feel free to submit a question to our technical support team.
View Questions & Answers