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Fast aperture, medium telephoto portrait lens for exceptional stills and HD video

Designed for use on Nikon's FX-format D-SLR cameras, this updated medium telephoto f/1.8 lens is great for shooting stills or HD videos. The AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G features Nikon's Internal Focus (IF) system providing fast and quiet AF and produces sharp and clear images at all apertures. Its fast maximum aperture is ideal for taking stills or HD videos under ideal lighting, in low light, head and shoulder portraiture, weddings or concerts. When mounted on a DX-format D-SLR, the AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G has an effective field of view of 127mm.
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Flattering portraits in any light

Get astonishing low light results

This medium telephoto portrait lens is great for use in the studio, on set or for shooting in available light; producing stills or HD video of people with attractive skin tones and beautiful background blur. With its fast f/1.8 aperture, the AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G will capture even low-light situations with stunning brilliance.

Beautiful background blur

Achieve more natural depth of field

When you need to isolate the subject from the background, as when shooting portraits—indoors or outdoors—stills or HD video, the AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G renders a beautiful, natural background blur (Bokeh) at its wider aperture settings.

The beauty is in the details

Designed for digital with superior performance

Nikon's Super Integrated Coating (SIC) enhances light transmission efficiency and offers superior color consistency and reduced flare. Nikon's Silent Wave Motor (SWM) assures fast, accurate and quiet autofocus as well as full compatibility including autofocus with Nikon's complete line up of FX- and DX-format cameras.
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Internal Focusing

Imagine being able to focus a lens without it changing in size. Nikon's IF technology enables just that. All internal optical movement is limited to the interior of the nonextending lens barrel. This allows for a more compact, lightweight construction as well as a closer focusing distance.
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Silent Wave Motor

Nikon's AF-S technology is yet another reason professional photographers like NIKKOR telephoto lenses. AF-S NIKKOR lenses feature Nikon's SWM which converts "traveling waves" into rotational energy to focus the optics. This enables high-speed autofocusing that's extremely accurate and super quiet.
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M/A mode

AF-S NIKKOR lenses feature Nikon's exclusive M/A mode, that allows switching from autofocus to manual operation with virtually no time lag—even during AF servo operation and regardless of AF mode in use.
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Nikon Super Integrated Coating

To enhance the performance of its optical lens elements, Nikon employs an exclusive multilayer lens coating that helps reduce ghost and flare to a negligible level. Nikon Super Integrated Coating achieves a number of objectives, including minimized reflection in the wider wavelength range and superior color balance and reproduction.

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Great lens and very versatile Just upgraded to an FX body and so still experimenting, but have found a terrific use for this lens on my old DX body. It works great as a semi-telephoto lens, which I use to snap awesome action pics of kids' hockey games! The arenas are often dimly lit compared to NHL games, but this lens lets me take bright, crisp pics at 1/500 of a second from behind the glass. At larger apertures, the skaters appear so crisp and colorful, and really pop against the soft backgrounds. Lens not long enough to shoot from stands or bench; guess I am going to have to bite the bullet and get the 70-200 mm f2.8 and pop that on my D610. August 16, 2014
DO IT Since purchasing this lens I have found it very difficult to switch lenses throughout the day...this baby works too well! The autofocus is nearly always accurate and moves at a decent speed. The f1.8 creates some beautiful bokeh thanks to a 7 bladed rounded diaphragm. and I always love a little bit of weather sealing. Youll just keep shooting with this lens.... April 6, 2014
Perfect lens for portraits This is a great lens for shooting portraits! At the zoom length, there's no noticeable distortion and can do beautiful things at very large apertures making it perfect for portraits. I've had it for a few weeks and done a couple of shoots. The only criticism would be that it's auto-focusing is not always quick or accurate. March 24, 2014
Tack Sharp Very sharp lens. The price is very reasonable for a tack sharp lens such as this. Auto focus is fast enough in most cases. Color is excellent and coma almost non-existent. Overall you get a lot for your dollar with this lens. On a D800 this lens got a 40 score on the DXO. Not many lenses score higher. A must have if you wish to capture extreme detail or maximize a D800's potential. March 11, 2014
Fine Fast 85mm Lens Although I have at least three other Nikkor lenses that cover 85mm (classic 85mm manual focus f/2, 24-120mm f/4, and AF-S 80-400mm G) the f/1.8 provides much larger aperture and very fine Bokeh for selective focus work. Very good resolution wide open, even the corners, and excellent resolution corner to corner from f/2.8 until diffraction softening starting about f/11. And virtually no distortion. Although it's not a "gold ring" Nikkor, it's optical performance and mechanical feel are excellent -- manual focusing is precise with no play in the focus ring, and auto-focus is very fast on a D800e. Definitely a 'must' prime lens for any photographer wanting an excellent short-medium telephoto. January 22, 2014
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I am wondering about usiing this lens for indoor basketball. Will it focus fast enough for fast action sports?

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I just got the 85mm 1.8G lens today 12/31/2013, Before I bought it I asked if the 1.8G was faster than the 1.8D lens. The salesman told me the 1.8G was faster for Basketball than the 1.8D. It focuses much slower than i expected. I'm shooting a game this Friday, I will see if this lens can focus on a player driving to the basket...?
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For sport and action photo is recomandat to use VR lens with zoom eventhualy
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This updated medium telephoto f/1.8 lens is great for shooting stills or HD videos. The AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G features Nikon's Internal Focus (IF) system providing fast and quiet AF and produces sharp and clear images at all apertures. Its fast maximum aperture is ideal for taking stills or HD videos under ideal lighting, in low light, head and shoulder portraiture, weddings or concerts.
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does af-s lens work for D7000?

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im upgrading from a D3100 to a D7000 and was wondering if this lens and the 50 mm 1.8G af-s lens will work on the D7000
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How does the image quality of this 85 F1.8 compare to the IQ of the VR 70-200 @ 85mm?

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The 28 F1.8, the 50 F1.8 and the 85 F1.8 are all touted as superb primes. Is their IQ so good that the 16-35 F4, the 24-120 F4 and the Vr 70 200 are no longer needed? I know zooms are never as sharp as primes but how big is that difference? Is it better to have these three primes on a D800 and skip the 16-35 and the 24-120?
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Two answers.

If you look at the MTF charts for these two lenses you will see that the 70-200 VRII has a higher resolution at 70mm 2.8 than the 85 has at 1.8. What the charts don't show is how the 85 works stopped down to 2.8.

Moving away from the technical measurements and looking at images in a subjective way some would say that the quality of the out of focus areas is better from the 85mm than the 70-200 at 85mm. Having the 70-200 myself I can only say that I rarely use it at 85mm, but instead take a couple of steps back and use it at 150 to 200 to throw the background further out of focus.

And one last comment is that the 85 is a quarter of the price (and weight) of the 70-200 and with that extra you can get the full set of 1.8 primes.
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Your question depends on what your needs are.
The primes lenses r second to none.
Do you need the versatility of a zoom ???
The zooms you mention that are f/4, would easily be replaced in image quality.
I own the 70-200 and i could not live without this lens, the 85mm for me would be a prime addition but i could not get by without the zoom versatility.
I shoot just about everything you can imagine, I use a 17-35mm f/2.8, 105mm f/2.8 and the 70-200mm f/2.8,
I find myself using the 105mm mostly for macro or very known shooting situations, where i know the distance will not change much.
Hope this helps,
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Horses for courses, different lenses for different shots so you cant really compare and say that one is any better then the others, all boils down to what shorts of images you want to create.
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When will this lens be back in stock?

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When will it be available again? My order at Adorama has been back ordered for over 2 months now.
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Not at any online stores that are listed on the website other than maybe Nikon. When will it be available at B&H Photo, Adorama Camera etc????
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The AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G lens is in stock.
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How do the Brokeh and Barrel Distortion with the 85mm f/1.8G lens compare to the same in the 85m f/1.4G lens?

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Excellent! We suggest that you purchase both to determing for yourself which one is ideal for your intended application.
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Is the f/1.8 still in all distances ?

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My 40mm f/2.8 decreases apreture when focus distance is closer , is the 85mm f/1.8 like this or is the 1.8 in all distances 0.8-infinite
 
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The 40mm f2.8 mentioned here is a macro lens. When focus distance closes macro lenses will always close aperture automatically by some margin. This will happen regardless PASM mode of shooting used and whenever AF or MF is employed. It is simply a nature of macro lenses.
As Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G is not a macro lens, you can expect true f/1.8 aperture at all focusing distances.
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If the camera set in Aperture priority (A) the aperture won't change unless you changed in the shooting mode. If the camera is set to Auto, Program or Shutter priority the aperture will change.
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Will this lens work on a nikkon D40?

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Yes, this lens is compatible with the D40.
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BH Photo staff said that they already received a few of this lense and they'll ship by order date. If u just pre-ordered it for a month, u probably wait few more weeks. Someone even ordered in Jan, so they should get it first.
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depends where u look its here already
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Would this len work with D5000

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yes, absolutely,
you will be amazed at the image quality of this lens.
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Is this lens compatable with my D80?

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Yes, this lens is compatible with the D80.
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