AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G
I have been shooting this lens on my D7100 for about 6 weeks, initially with a rental (from BorrowLenses), and now with my own lens. It is superb.
If you follow the DXO Optics website (which, among other things, tests the performance of specific lenses with specific camera bodies), you may have noticed that the Nikkor 85mm 1.8G has exceptional ratings. On my D7100 these far surpass the metrics for the DX lenses that are designed specifically for Nikon's crop-sensor bodies.
DXO's metrics don't lie. The brightness and clarity of what you see through this lens will blow you away. With a tripod at low light, the sharpness of the images I have gotten is astounding. Wide open at F1.8 the depth of field is incredibly tight, which makes it easy to isolate subjects. The bokeh is just beautiful. Except at very low light levels -- such as a candle-lit room -- I have not found the autofocus to be sluggish or to hunt excessively, as some reviews have suggested.
Keep in mind that this lens is designed for a full-frame body, so that if you plan to use it with a DX camera, the 85mm focal length will give you magnification equivalent to a 127mm. The lens therefore performs as a mild prime telephoto rather than as a portrait lens. (Consider the full frame Nikon 50mm 1.8G if you want the equivalent of a portrait lens for a DX body.) And of course, this *is* a prime lens; if you have become used to shooting almost exclusively with a zoom lens, as I have, you will have to make some adjustments in how you frame and shoot pictures with the 85mm.
This lens is certainly not cheap, but I paid $750 for my DX 16-85mm a few years ago, and never regretted the increased sharpness it provided on my old D-40X. In my opinion, this lens is worth every penny.
December 23, 2013
After only only 1 evening of shooting to try it out, and over 200 images later, I can only rave about this lens. The crisp images I was able to capture coupled with the shallow depth of field has left me in awe of the potential. The candid portraits that I tested with, gave a clear subject with enough focus drop to draw attention right where it was needed. I was even able to take a few hand held shots of the night skys, and the lens, coupled to my D800 captured stars that I did not see with my eyes.
I highly recommend this lens.
December 18, 2013
I bought it refurbished a few days ago. My first impression-absolutely amazing lens. I own 35mm and 50mm 1.8, but 85mm 1.8g quality blows me away. At 1.8 already is VERY sharp. I took several portraits of my family and it was a huge WOW when I opened the pictures in computer.
For portraits I would use 1.8 through 2.8, no need to go further. It's almost too sharp. I can't see how can somebody be disappointed with this lens.
I expected it to be a little smaller (I like small, compact primes), but it's not a big deal.
Thank you, Nikon.
December 15, 2013
A pro quality lens at a beginner's price!
I can only reinforce what has already been said. This would be worth buying at twice the price. Great color, great focus, and super sharp.
May 11, 2013
great lens ... love it.
this lens worked really good on my Nikon D-90 ...very sharp and bookeh so awesome .. I love it very much .. and it won't disappointed.
April 2, 2013
My lens 90% of the time
So much better than the old model, delivers every time, great bokee and skin tones
March 30, 2013
Outstanding -- A much have
I have been looking for a nice 85mm lens, and when a member of my photo club recommended this lens, I pulled the trigger...and I'm so glad that I did. I its weight and sharp photo's to be outstanding. I highly recommend you have this lens in your bag. You will thank me for it..well Nikon really. And the price is just Outstanding!!
March 3, 2013
Superb lens. Blew all my friends and relatives away with the amazing photographs !
Bought from Amazon. It is superb ! I own 50mm and 85mm. I also own the 18-105 kit lens.
85mm and 50mm G lenses are quiet, fast and perform extremely well indoors and outdoors. Their low aperture numbers 1.4 and 1.8 make them ideal for low light. I get some of the best pics almost effortlessly. My sample pic can be seen on amazon (cake cutting one in newly added).
Owned other branded cameras but after moving to Nikon, I am asking myself everyday...why did I not do it sooner ? Its quality is surreal and unsurpassed. This 85mm lens is perfect for portraits but also for any photo really includes landscape.
I would highly recommend this one and the 50mm 1.4G.
March 3, 2013
for the price...great lens
I bought this lens from Amazon...I did research and read the reviews.
All were favorable...I bought the lens for portrait shooting, I like nice tight shots..Received the lens today March 1, 2013...This lens is very sharp...and has nice bokeh.
I was shooting at F2.2 the images were very crisp...at F5.6 and above the images were phenomenal..
If you're considering this lens get it you won't be sorry...Nikon you done good...
March 1, 2013
A Great Lens
I purchased this as a portrait lens for my D7000. My selection was based mainly on the favorable reviews I had read and the affordable price.
The first time I actually used it was in a low light situation (a Christmas Lights Festival) and I was not disappointed at all. Though not a "tiny" lens, it was small enough and light enough to carry around the whole night with no trouble. The images were sharp were the bokeh was very smooth.
I am thrilled with this lens... This piece of glass is is must have.
February 13, 2013
I wanted something for portrait and street photography, chose this lens and have never regretted it. Focus is pin-point sharp with beautiful bokeh and works very well in low light.
February 4, 2013
Amazing Image Quality!!!
This lens is just down right beautiful! If you need a perfect portrait lens you have to leap on this one. I am just blown away by the quality of images I was able to get out of this lens. I am extremely happy with the purchase and in my opinion the best BANG for your BUCK!!! A must get.
November 20, 2012
Value for money
I myself Joginder, brought this lens 10 days back, it is so light weight and sharp that I do not have words to express. One of Nikon's best lens ever made. Full marks to Nikon. And keep on making the lens like this which are value for money.
With best regards,
October 31, 2012
Great lens, value for the money
This lens produces beautiful portraits on the D700. It's sharp even wide open and has a pleasing bokeh. You get a lot for the price. I highly recommend it. It's a marked improvement over the older 85mm f/1.8 D which I used to own.
July 26, 2012
I was looking for a lens to shoot portraits in low-light situations (no flash, large aperture) and this lens fits the bill rather nicely. Imagine sharpness is fantastic and of course this will challenge your focusing skills (both AF and MF). Great looking bokeh is a plus too.
July 8, 2012
I've been looking for a compact, fast, short telephoto for portraits and candid shots. This 85 suits me nicely. It focuses quickly, is very sharp from f1.8 with excellent contrast and it's light and compact. The fact that it takes the same 67mm filters as my 16-85 and 70-300 is an added bonus.
When there are people in the picture, this is my favorite lens. I also find it works for all the other subjects I've tried it on. For me it seems free of any weaknesses.
Would I rather have the 85/1.4? Only if I didn't have to carry it. Less expensive is nice too.
May 14, 2012
I bought this lens a few weeks ago and it's been incredible to shoot with. It's extremely quick and great in low light. The 1.8 f-stop allows for a creamy bokeh. For a long time, I dreamed about one day purchasing the 85mm 1.4G, but now that I've purchased this one, I am extremely content.
March 12, 2012
Excellent all around lens
Excellent lense that balances well on My D80 w/MBD80. Focus is very fast and accurate. This lense creates excellent images event at 1.8. There is very minor problems with Chromatic Aberation.
March 10, 2012
Value for money lens
I was planning to get 85mm 1.8 D, however 1.8 G is slightly better (keeping in mind the price difference).
March 1, 2012
Great Improvement from the D Version
This lens focuses much faster than the D version. On a D7000, there is noticeable fringing wide open, but that is to be expected on cheaper glass. The physical size of it is just right. It's bigger than the f/1.8D, but smaller than the f/1.4G. The weight is just perfect, too. 85mm has always been my favorite focal length and this lens deepens my love.
February 29, 2012
85mm F1.8 makes my heart sing
This lens is superb !
Very delicious creamy bokeh
Sharp as a tack!
Doesn't brake your bank account !
Hard to find one except that It's not the 85 f1.4
If you can't afford the 85mm 1.4 get the 1.8 ! you wont regret it.
July 16, 2012
Excelente lente. Leve silenciosa...recomendo. Só que acho que tinha ter um VR.
August 4, 2013
I like this lens.
I got this lens on an incredible deal that Adorama ran back in June, 2014. I had been waiting for three years to spring for this lens. It took them 3 months to deliver the back order but I saved $160 by waiting. It is very light compared to my Nikkor 17-55 so a pleasure to hang around your neck for a walk. The lens on a Nikon D7100 produced great colour texture, was very sharp at f/5.8 and f./8, creamy bokeh and excellent low light service.
The photos below show off the features. The model (thanks to T.B.) was shot in natural light. No post processing on either shot except for saving in jpg from nef.
January 4, 2015
Excellent picture quality. The build is not as good and durable as the D lenses. Every thing else is excellent.
January 12, 2014
THIS IS NOT A MACRO LENS
The Nikon store has this in the Close Up (Macro) lens section and there are no values in any portions of the Tech Specs sections. However, based on it being in the macro section, I expected a macro lens and sent this page to my wife as a Christmas gift suggestion. Since returning it would be a slap in my wife's face, I'm stuck with it and she thinks it's a macro lens. (which I find more upsetting than being stuck with a lens I didn't really want).
By the way. other than the fact that it's not a macro lens, I think it's a great lens.
December 27, 2012