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Nikon 85mm f/1.4D AF Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
- 85mm focal length is considered the optimal choice for portrait work using a 35mm SLR camera
- High-performance, fast, maximum-aperture, NIKKOR telephoto lens
- Internal focusing for fast AF operation
- Rounded diaphragm makes out-of-focus elements appear more natural
- Fast f/1.4 aperture is helpful in shooting indoor sports or stage productions
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|Aperture Control Design||Includes aperture ring|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||HN-31|
|Compatible Mountings||Nikon F (FX)|
|Focus Type||Screw drive from camera|
|Item Dimensions||3.15 x 3.15 x 2.87 inches|
|Item Display Weight||0.55 Kilograms|
|Item Weight||1.21 pounds|
|Lens Type||Prime lens|
|Macro Focus Range||0.85 m|
|Material Type||Metal mount|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F1.4|
|Maximum Focal Length||85 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm full frame|
|Minimum Focal Length||85 mm|
|Minimum Focal Range||85 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||9|
|Number of Elements||9|
|Number of Groups||8|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||77 mm|
|Shipping Weight||1.68 pounds|
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Top Customer Reviews
I've read all the reviews and all the tests, and I've used my share of older Nikon AF and AF-D lenses, and I expected a performance from this lens along the lines of what I'd experienced with other, similar lenses - just with the addition of the legendary bokeh that everybody seems to buy it for and the giant fast aperture.
Instead what I got is a lens that exceeds its spec sheet, exceeds the performance implied by every formal test I've ever seen of it, and exceeds nearly every expectation I had for it.
Any lens will tend to lose acuity as larger apertures are used. This is due to spherical aberration and occurs to very different degrees in different lenses, but occurs to some degree in every lens. Tests of this lens show this loss of acuity to a similar degree to that which occurs in its smaller f/1.8 sibling, which I found to be mediocre wide open, and to most of Nikon's older AF and AF-D primes, the performance capabilities of which I'm also familiar with and not always particularly impressed by.
Yet while those other lenses are indeed diminished in terms of image quality as their wide-open aperture is approached, the 85/1.4 doesn't seem to lose a thing in terms of the visual impact of its images no matter how wide it's opened up. Even wide-full-open at f/1.4, this lens gives stunning images with excellent sharpness, excellent contrast, and beautiful colors that leap right out of the image in full three-dimensional glory.
The reason, I suspect, has to do with the fact that the perception of sharpness in an image is not at all the same thing as pure optical acuity.Read more ›
The only downsides? Closest focus is not great, and the cost!
Say "available light" and you will see me drool. This lens makes almost everything possible when shooting under low light, concert stages, in-door concerts and of course this is a sublime portrait lens.
Get your metering and exposure readings from a few test shots, and then stick to Manual from there on. Make it do things you think it cannot handle and then let it surprise you with the lighting, the depth of field, the smooth blurred background.
Focusing is fast to me. I dont own the 70-200 AF-S VR [yet] so cannot compare responsiveness in that respect, but I shot a whole evening at a recent athletics event and did not feel that it could not keep up. I had trouble keeping u with the athletes!
The build is strong, all metallic body, the lens hood is a screw-in metallic type.
Some people dont like those in particular but I reckon once you mount your hood, it should just stay there permanently.
There is a way to fix the lens cover even with the hood on. The lens cover is a snap-on type, so just make you go fully in and then release the snaps to see the cover stay put on the glass.
This lens is a gem, no questions asked.
If possible test it before buying it. After all, it may be your style to use this focal lenght on a D2 or equivalent, but I can assure you that once you have seen the results, you will be a believer :)
Save up and enjoy this very fine piece of engineering.
Thank you Nikon!
I agree with previous reviewers, there are 2 main reasons to buy this lens. First, if you shoot in low light conditions this lens performs incredibly well. The other day I was at my kids' school taking some musical photos for the yearbook. The auditorium manager was out for the day, so we couldn't turn on the stage lights. We only used the house lights and a very small amount of background stage lights, so it was very dark and I wasn't feeling optimistic about getting some decent shots. But wide open, the lens was capable of producing sharp, clear, decently exposed images.
The other main reason to buy this lens is the bokeh, of course. It is very smooth and beautiful. However, this lens does take some practice and skill when shooting wide open. It is a very sharp lens even at 1.4, but there is no room for error with focus since the depth of field is so narrow.
One other thing that I really like about this lens is it's size and weight. It's hefty and well-built, but isn't too heavy or cumbersome on my D90. I feel perfectly comfortable walking around with this lens. Sometimes people suggest getting a 70-200mm before or instead of the 85mm, but for me this lens is a much better fit and more versatile. Yes, the 70-200mm also has great bokeh, has a more versatile range, and can be better for indoor sports. But it's size and weight are a major negative me. I wouldn't use a 70-200mm for casual portraits, or as a walk around lens, or everyday casual shots.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This Nikon 85mm f1.4 D, is a real treat, and I am lucky to have located one of the last remaining, new one. Read morePublished 3 months ago by 9mikemike
Lens worked great. Had a flaw in the metal (seemed to just be cosmetic) tried to exchange but Amazon said none were available at same price. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Tom
Item delivered on time, was as described. Super sharp. Creamy bookeh. Love it.Published 8 months ago by Alvin Couto
Don't buy used unless you can see the lens
But this is one of the best lenses you can own
If it's not damaged this lens is the best portrait lens and one that any serious... Read more
Every time I use this lens and see the results I just think to myself no way. There is no way a lens can be this good. Portraits are ticky tack sharp even at 1. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Mark
This is the best lens I own. It is an outstanding lens for most normal picture taking events. It especially good one to take pictures of people.Published 24 months ago by Sanford A Mullet