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Nikon 85mm f/1.8G AF-S NIKKOR Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras

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  • Fast aperture medium telephoto lens
  • Internal Focus
  • Silent Wave Motor (SWM)
  • M/A focus mode switch
  • Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC)

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Nikon
  • Model: 2201
  • Lens Type: Prime lens
  • Minimum focal length: 85 mm
  • Maximum focal length: 85 mm
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Lens Type Prime lens Prime lens Prime lens Prime lens
Maximum Sensor Size Compatibility 35mm FF 35mm FF APS-C / DX 35mm FF
Maximum Aperture Range F1.8 F1.8 F1.8 F1.4
Minimum Aperture 16 16 22 16
Photo Filter Thread Size 67 mm 58 mm 52 mm 77 mm
Minimum Focus Distance 0.8 meters 0.45 meters 0.3 meters 0.85 meters
Weight 0.8 pounds 0.4 pounds 0.4 pounds 1.3 pounds
Dimension 3.1 x 3.1 x 2.9 inches 2.8 x 2.8 x 2.1 inches 53.0 x 70.0 x 3.0 inches 84.0 x 87.0 x 3.4 inches
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 3.2 x 3.2 inches ; 12.3 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B006TAP096
  • Item model number: 2201
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (268 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 6, 2012

Product Description

Product Description

Fast aperture medium telephoto lens Internal Focus Silent Wave Motor (SWM) M/A focus mode switch Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC)

From the Manufacturer

Fast aperture, medium telephoto portrait lens for great stills and D-Movie HD videos
Designed for use on Nikon’s FX-format D-SLR cameras, this updated medium telephoto f/1.8 lens is designed for shooting stills or D-Movie 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 D-Movie 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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Internal Focusing

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.

Nikon Silent Wave Motor

Nikon Silent Wave Motor
A significant innovation in AF lens technology, Nikon's Silent Wave Motor uses ultrasonic (inaudible) vibrations—rather than a gear system—to focus the lens, providing incredibly smooth, silent and precise autofocus operation.

Manual Auto Mode

M/A Focus Mode Switch
When fine manual focusing is needed, simply rotate the lens focus ring—M/A mode allows you to seamlessly override the AF system with virtually no time lag.

Super Integrated Coating

Super Integrated Coating
Nikon's Super Integrated Coating enhances light transmission efficiency and offers superior color consistency and reduced lens flare.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Construction quality is good for a plastic lens.
Judy Sijin Eng
In terms of performance, the Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G is better than the 85mm f/1.8G in all respects.
It has amazing sharpness, beautiful color rendition, and smooth bokeh.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

152 of 161 people found the following review helpful By S. Gable on July 4, 2012
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I was looking at the 85mm lens. I was torn between the 85mm f/1.8G lens and the 85mm f/3.5G Micro lens. While I enjoy taking macro/micro shots, I wanted a lens that was sharp and had good bokeh. I also wanted to use the lens for general photography. I was spoiled using my 40mm f/2.8G micro lens as it does a great job with both micro and general photography. I decided on the 85mm f/1.8G lens. I haven't looked back.

This 85mm f/1.8 is a sharp lens with beautiful bokeh. I use this lens with my Nikon D7000 which equates to a focal length of 127.5mm. It took awhile to get used to the distance or focal length. I usually have to take a step or two back to get the object/subject to focus.

I currently use the lens for florals and garden pictures. The pictures are sharp from f/1.8 through f/16. The bokeh is beautiful at f/1.8 through f/2.8. Creamy is the word that comes to mind. I've been really happy with the results from this lens.

I've posted some pictures in the gallery. There's a few florals (e.g. daylilies) and I also took some pictures of the packaging for this lens.

I'll be back to post any updates and additional pictures.

** Update 07/12/12 **

I've had the chance to use this lens over several days taking pictures for a VBS event at my church. This lens does an amazing job with portraits. I set my D7k to Aperture and f/4. The bokeh is beautiful. I like how my focused subject appears to pop out of my pictures. Love this prime lens even at 128mm (DX). I've figured out how far (distance) I need to stand away from my subjects. My pictures are very sharp! Great lens!

** Update 08/09/12 **

This has been my "go to" lens for the last several weeks.
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260 of 280 people found the following review helpful By LGO on May 10, 2012
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This lens is light, compact affordable, but produces very impressive results. I highly recommend the use of this lens for portrait, events and for landscape. Despite it being a fixed focal length and not being able to zoom, I highly recommend this lens for beginner Nikon dSLR users who own only the kit zoom lens that came with the camera. This lens allows you to shoot at low light and/or to blur the background of the subject of the photo. This prime lens is a safe, affordable and way to see for yourself how good a prime lens can be as against the kit zoom lens. It also shows what the other Nikon professional prime and professional lenses are capable of should you get serious in this hobby.


What follows is a quick review is based on my use of this lens for around 2-weeks. It is intended for those already familiar with Nikkor's line of 85mm prime lenses but are wondering how this lens compare with the other Nikkor 85mm autofocusing lenses that Nikon makes. This review is based on my own copy of the Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D, 1.8D, 1.4G and 1.8G.


The Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G is bigger than the Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D but is a bit lighter. Unlike the 85mm f/1.8D, this lens comes with a reversible hood which does a good job in protecting and shading the lens. With the hood reversed, the 85mm f/1.8G becomes much more compact than the 85mm f/1.8D with the hood installed. But with the hood installed, the wider lens barrel and the wider and longer hood makes the 85mm f/1.8G significantly bulkier than the 85mm f/1.8D.

Reflecting the bigger-sized lens, the 85mm f/1.8G uses a 67mm filter while the 85mm f/1.8D uses a 62mm filter.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Canon man on March 31, 2013
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This lens took a 4 foot drop from the back of my SUV and bounced hard on concrete three times. I picked it up, horrified by what I might find. Not only did the lens still work perfectly but there wasn't a scratch on it. The lens hood has a single small scuff mark but that was all. A lens that can take this type of a beating without so much as a scratch deserves a review.

- This lens and the 50mm 1.8g are arguably the best value lenses that Nikon makes. The $100 instant rebates Nikon has been having on this lens recently make it a steal!
- Super, ridiculously sharp from 1.8
- Focus is silent, fast, and spot on with my D7000
- Beautiful bokeh
- 99% of the $1500 85mm 1.4G for 1/3 of the price.
- Override manual focus with a touch.
- Includes lens hood
- Perfect portrait lens for DX or FX.

- Made from durable, bounce off the concrete proof plastic instead of metal. Not sure if this is really a con.

I sold my $1000+ Nikon 85mm 1.4D and have never looked back. That lens focused slower, less accurate, and wasn't quite as sharp at 1.8. The only thing better about the 85 1.4D was that it was a hunk of solid metal and this lens is durable plastic. My pictures with the 1.8G are just as beautiful as the 1.4D. I don't regret selling the more expensive lens for one second after my experience with amazing lens.
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61 of 72 people found the following review helpful By J. Wise on May 3, 2012
I have only had this lens for a little over 2 weeks but I want to say that so far, this lens has performed well above my expectation.

Sharpness - The lens is sharp even at f/1.8 but close it down to f/2.2 - f/4 and you'll have super sharp images.

Focusing - This lens focuses "perfectly". I used a few different test chart the very day I got the lens. I put the camera on a tripod and shot at different angles. I was expecting to have some shots that may be off of focus at least a bit but no, all my focus targets were hit right on. One thing that could be a deal breaker to some people is that it is not an ideal lens for sports or shooting fast moving objects. It focuses pretty fast except for when I tried shooting kids chasing each other around. But for people like me who shoot a lot of portraits, its focus is not a problem at all.

Lens construction - It is so light that it felt like I didnt have a lens on. This is very helpful when shooting for hours at a time. The lens body is made out of plastic but "I" personnaly dont think it is the cheapo type of plastic because I've hit my lens against a wall wall while shooting and didnt see any effect to it.

Bokeh - Just go to flickr and look for a group called "85mm 1.8g" and look at the images that they've uploaded.

Price - I think that this lens is the best bang for your buck. The overall quality of the lens is comparable to its f1.4 cousins but priced way less.

I give this lens a 5 star rating based on my personal experience with it even for a short period of time. I will come back and update this review if later on I find something that needs to be put up here.
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