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Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras
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- Ultra-fast f1.4 classic portrait lens
- Nano Crystal Coat
- Optimized for edge to edge sharpness on both FX and DX cameras
- M/A Focus Mode Switch enables quick changes between manual and autofocus operation
- Internal Focus (IF) provides fast and quiet autofocus
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||HB-55|
|Compatible Mountings||Nikon F (FX)|
|Item Dimensions||3.43 x 3.43 x 3.31 inches|
|Item Display Weight||594 grams|
|Item Weight||1.31 pounds|
|Lens Type||Prime lens|
|Macro Focus Range||0.85 m|
|Material Type||Magnesium alloy barrel, Metal mount|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F1.4|
|Maximum Focal Length||85 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm full frame|
|Minimum Focal Length||85 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||9|
|Number of Elements||10|
|Number of Groups||9|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||77 mm|
|Shipping Weight||1.95 pounds|
From the Manufacturer
This updated classic mid-range telephoto lens delivers incredibly sharp images and its fast f/1.4 aperture ensures a bright viewfinder image as well as beautiful background blur. Well suited for portraits, general purpose and low light work.
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f1.4G Lens Highlights
High performance f/1.4 mid-range telephoto lens offers a bright viewfinder image along with beautiful background blur (bokeh).
Nano Crystal Coat
Use of Nano Crystal Coat further reduces ghosting and interior flare across a wide range of wavelengths for even greater image clarity.
- Optimized for edge to edge sharpness on both FX and DX-format D-SLRs
- DX-format D-SLR the angle of view is equivalent to a focal length of 127.5mm in FX/35mm format.
- M/A Focus Mode Switch enables quick changes between manual and autofocus operation.
- Internal Focus (IF) provides fast and quiet autofocus without changing the length of the lens, retaining working distance throughout the focus range.
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Top Customer Reviews
If you already own the 85mm f/1.4 should you go out and sell it? Probably not, unless you are a mainly prime shooter. On the other hand, if you are looking for an upgrade to the 85mm 1.8 and use it heavily this may be a great buy. I mainly stick with the 35mm, 85mm & 135 lens in Nikon. I find that primes actually help my creativity. This lens will be my new workhorse.
Update: May 4, 2011
As a wedding and portrait photographer this has become my main lens. If I had to guess, I would say during engagement photography I use this lens 80% of the time and during a wedding around 40%+ of the time. I use this on my D700 and switch between this, the 35mm 2.0 and 135mm 2.0 and sometimes the 70-200mm. Using the 85mm all day instead of the 70-200mm all day is a back saver.
After shooting over 30,000 images through this lens all I can say is....Amaaaazing.
However, day after day, the recurring thought that popped into my mind is, " I should get this lens." So after two + years of waiting and procrastinating, I saw the AF-S version and jumped on it!!
I have to say that the colors and contrast that I get from this lens at f/1.4 rivals or exceeds my 70-200mm @ the f/2.8 setting. It's been sitting on my camera ever since the first day I received it.
This lens is MUCH MUCH sharper then the Nikkor 50mm 1.4 wide open!! and renders Bokeh (the dreamy looking areas of the image) with such poetry that it makes my brain dance every time I look at the images produced by this product @ 1.4
The 3 Feet min focusing distance is a much welcomed feature compared to the relatively far 5 feet min focusing of the 70-200 zoom. It allows you to get closer to the subject and offer a more communicative shooting experience.
The secret to good photography is imagination + interesting subjects + fantastic lens
I'm happy to report that this lens is the most fantastic lens that I have ever used!
This is my most-used lens. If I could only have one lens, this would be it.
I own about 22 lenses, 15 cameras, and have a darkroom. Yeah - I'm that guy. I also own a printer with 44" wide rolls of paper. I print big and I can see huge differences in lenses. I'm not a pixel peeper - I am a print maker. I still use my Sinar 4x5 studio camera, and I know quality when I see it.
Every year, I gather statistics from Adobe Lightroom concerning the lens I use, aperture, etc. to gain an understanding of what I actually do, not what I think I do. Year after year, the 85mm lens is top of the heap. I owned the previous 85mm f/1.4 AF D lens - a legendary lens in its own right. I wasn't sure it was worth the money to upgrade (downgrade?) to the AF-S version. Well, it was. Beyond my wildest dreams.
How good is this lens? Faced with the need to shoot an event, I had a choice between using a zoom lens for flexibility (24-70mm f/2.8 AF-S) or the limited focal length of the 85. Images are so good from the 85, that I decided that I'd rather not bother with shots I can't make with it. Group shots that need wide angle? Sorry, but I'll have to pass. The shots with the 85 are so good, I'll simply accept that I can't get all the other shots.
That being said, I added a D800 with a 24mm f/1.4 AF-S on one shoulder, and another D800 with the 85mm f/1.4 AF-S on the other. They complement each other well. While I own all the Nikon pro zooms (14-24, 24-70, 70-200), nothing delivers as many knock-your-breath-out images as the 85.
I would suggest you sell every lens you own to get this one. It is that good.
(FYI - I shoot this lens on D800 and D700 bodies. I'd rather get a cheaper D610 and this lens than any other lens with a D4. You invest in the lens. The camera is just visiting for a while.)
So when Nikon released the updated version, I was a little hesitant to upgrade - at least until I went to audition the new lens in one of the big NYC camera shops. After using the new lens firsthand, I just couldn't resist. Now, I own the new one, and the older one is on eBay.
To be clear, by my eye, there's not a huge difference in image quality, as the older lens was already excellent on all counts. The updated version is maybe slightly sharper in the corners on an FX body, colors seem perhaps a bit more vivid, and it seems a bit less prone to flare when you point it directly at a bright light source. It focuses a few inches closer than its predecessor and weighs maybe an ounce or two more. Still, it's not like one is "bad" and the other "good" - just slightly different, and not at all a dramatic difference for most users.
To me, where the compelling value comes from is the new AFS focusing setup, making autofocus nearly instant and incredibly accurate. Thanks to the wide f/1.4 aperture, you always get a bright image, and on both my D3 and D300, focus is blindingly fast and dead-on accurate. This was my only real gripe with the previous lens, and I found myself often either missing shots because of the slow autofocus, or I'd spend a lot of energy manually focusing instead of composing the exact shot I wanted. Now, with the new 85mm f/1.4G, I get fantastic image quality, plus much better and faster handling - and to me, that makes it worthwhile.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
LOVE this portrait lens!!! You can't really use this for anything but close ups unless you want to be 100 ft away from the subject to get a wide angle. But the output is amazing! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mrs. Ochoa
Got it when it first came out. I shoot a lot of low light shots of jazz artists in bars and nightclubs. This lens is fantastic, on my Nikon D750 or D800 makes super images. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Henri L. Hirschfeld
Seriously, I love it. I received it on 11/6/2015 and just happened to have a Senior session scheduled for a soccer player. At f/1. Read more
I love this lens! I was trying to decide between the f/1.4 and the f/1.8. I borrowed a friends f/1.4 and was hooked instantly. Read morePublished 3 months ago by John Bailey
- fairly fast to focus for all the glass it needs to move
- very precise AF
- very sharp even wide open so can really be used where... Read more
Is this lens the most underrated or most uncelebrated portrait lens, out of the big boy primes?
Let's say that 50 and 85 are the best two focal length (FL) for portrait... Read more