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An update to Nikon’s legendary 85mm, f/1.4 portrait lens

Employing a re-designed optical system that includes Nikon’s exclusive Silent Wave Motor (SWM) and Nano Crystal Coat (N), the AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G inherits its predecessor’s ultra-fast f/1.4 maximum aperture and rounded nine-blade diaphragm for superior depth-of-field control and background blur (bokeh). Engineered to inspire new levels of creativity and artistry, the AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G will unleash the full potential of your Nikon D-SLR or HD-SLR—in the studio or in the field.
Nano Crystal Coat
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IF Lens
Silent Wave Motor
Super Integrated Coating

A portrait of perfection

Ultra-fast f/1.4 medium-telephoto lens

The AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G is an advanced lens, optimized for today’s D-SLR and HD-SLR cameras. Its medium-telephoto angle-of-view is ideal for portraits and general photography in the studio or in the field. Its ultra-fast f/1.4 aperture with a rounded nine-blade diaphragm creates beautiful, natural background blur and enables shooting in dramatic low-light situations. Take your creativity to new heights.

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Advanced technology for amazing shots

Every detail was considered in the making of the AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G, resulting in a remarkable, versatile lens. Nikon’s exclusive Silent Wave Motor (SWM) provides ultra-fast, ultra-quiet autofocus operation with seamless manual focus override. Nikon's Super Integrated Coating (SIC) and Nano Crystal Coat (N) work together to virtually eliminate ghosting and lens flare and to assure uniform color balance and contrast.
Nano Crystal Coat
Nano Crystal Coat
An anti-reflective coating developed by Nikon that virtually eliminates internal lens element reflections across a wide range of wavelengths.
M/A
M/A
Select NIKKOR lenses have a focusing mode which allows switching from automatic to manual focusing with virtually no lag time by simply turning the focusing ring on the lens.
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.
Silent Wave Motor
Silent Wave Motor
AF-S NIKKOR lenses feature Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor, which represents a significant advance in AF lens technology.
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 This has become my go-to portrait lens. The image quality is amazing even when shooting wide open. Virtually zero distortion and focuses like a champ. One of the best lenses in my stable February 14, 2014
superb lens just sold my 85 1.8g and got this lens and oh boy what a BIG DIFFERENCE. everything is tack sharp even @ 1.4 iam very satified with the switch. and if you thinking doing the same too or thinking of buying one go ahead you will be one happy camper :). November 13, 2013
Have used this lens twice, I'm in love with it. First time using this lens was easy. Put it on my brand new D-800, ( last camera was a D-7000 ). Every picture taken was great. The back ground out of focus but the colors of the fall leaves were just what i was looking for. This is a great portrait lens, I'll be useing this lens a lot. October 31, 2013
Excellent! This is a great lens with fantastic bokeh qualities. I use it with my D4 and am able to achieve desired results with great consistency. June 11, 2013
In my opinion the best 85mm I have seen. I am semi pro in that I earn money to support my Camera addiction and the Nikon 85mm f/1.4G is in my opinion the best glass I have seen even in a medium format equivalent lens this is one of the fastest and cleanest portrait and medium focal length lenses I have owned in a 35mm FX format, Super FAST in low light Sports as in Basketball, and a superb portrait lens with beautiful Bokeh, I couple it to my D3 and D3x and the results are breath taking. October 15, 2012
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is this lens compatible D5000?

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Is the AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G compatible with the D5000?
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is this lens compatible D7000?
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To clarify: all AF-S Nikkor lenses are compatible with the D5000 with autofocus and auto exposure.
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Will be shooting with a D300.
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Hey, the 85/1.4 AF-S is a really nice lens, and it has its uses, but pairing it with a TC is not one of the ones that comes to mind. But I know where you're coming from, wanting a fast, long prime for indoor sports and such. Consider instead the 105 or 135/2 DC lenses for your purpose. I've shot a number of cheerleading competitions using the 105/2 DC, and it works very well for the purpose.
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According to the Teleconverter compatability chart that can be found on Nikon's Teleconverter page this lens is not compatable. However, both the 100DC and 135DC lenses are f/2 lenses within the range you are looking. Both have incredible optics and might serve you well. The 135 DC f/2 sells for $1395, so it would be significantly cheaper than the 85 f/1.4 with a TC. In fact you could buy both the 135 DC f/2 and the 85mm f/1.8 for less than the 85mm f/1.4G & a TC-14E.
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Is this lens (85mm f/1.4G) available from the main online retailer? i.e. B&H and Adorama.

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I have been checking for about 6 months but it hasn't been available
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No, B&H, Adorama, and any other major retailers don't carry this lens. I had to search the ends of the earth to find this thing. I recommend calling every camera small store in the U.S till find one (smaller cities like st.louis, milwakee, etc.).
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Thanks for your interest in the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G. We have shipped many thousands of these lenses to our customers. Interest for this lens has been very high. If you have an urgent need I'd strongly suggest ordering one now from an authorized dealer so that you will be on their list as they receive shipments from us.
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Will this lense meter and autofocus with a D40?

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Yes. It is an AF-S lens, so it has an autofocus motor built right in.
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Yes, this lens is compatible with the D40.
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Is this lense compatible with D90?

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yeah that will work well..
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I just bought this 85 f1.4g used. I have a couple weeks to return it. Why doesn't it have VR? Will there be a version in the future that does?

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This is important since I had to pay nearly retails to even get one used. If they come out with a VR version that has all the same performance, then I would expect mine to lose a lot of its value. That is if VR can be done and still put out a lens of this quality. Did Nikon find that it could not be done or was it more of a paper work thing?
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VR is mainly used for action shots while this lens is used mainly for portraits and steady subjects, but if you love the Bokah that this lens gives then try using a tripod when shooting
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Nikon's shorter primes do not have VR and I don't think they will come out with a new 85mm 1.4 with it. The new 85mm 1.8 they just recently released doesn't have it . At the shorter focal length you don't need VR unless you on something that is moving.
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How does the 85mm 1.4g compare to the new 85mm 1.8g

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I am considering purchasing the 85mm 1.8g and a wide angle 28mm 1.8 for less than I would pay for the 85mm 1.4g lens. I am a semi pro portrait shooter and I would really like some insight to decide weither the image quality of this lens will really make a difference in results over the 85 1.8g. I shoot with a D700. Thanks for any responses.
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DxOMark, just put out a test on this lens. In a nutshell, this specific lens tests out to be the sharpest lens you can put on ANY Nikon. That includes Zeiss or Sigma! Also, you have a 9-blade rounded diaphragm on the 1.4 and a 7-blade on the 1.8. If you compare the Bokeh on both, the 1.4 will be better. Nano-Crystal coating is another difference. This is a HUGE plus when shooting back-lit portraits outdoors. Someone else mentioned build quality, and part of that quality is the inclusion of the rear dust gasket that better protects against the elements.

Is it worth the difference in price? That depends on the overall quality you want to hand your clients. I think so...however, the 1.8 IS a great bargain because it is VERY capable.

After renting this lens a few times, I sold my 1.4D. However, now the lens is back-ordered. Hopefully, as an NPS member, I can get one in my hands sooner than later. ;)
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I think it is worth the difference just in build quality, rent one and you'll buy one or rent both and compare.
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Will This Lens Work well on a SLR D7100?

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Looking to buy a portrait Lens for my D7100. Wondering if AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G would work well on a DX Camera?

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Yes it will, one of Nikon 's best, you will have a 127mm effective field of view.
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Yes, the AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G lens is fully compatible with the D7100.
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Is this lense compatible with D3000?

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Is this lense compatible with D3000?
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Auto focus

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Purchased this lens, on the Nikon d90 will not auto focus. Are my setting wrong?
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Please verify that the lens is set to A/M or the camera to AF and not M.
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