Buy Used and Save: Buy a Used "Nikon 85mm f/1.8D Auto Focus Nikkor Lens for Nikon..." and save 44% off the $565.00 list price. Buy with confidence as the condition of this item and its timely delivery are guaranteed under the "Amazon A-to-z Guarantee". See all Used offers.
Nikon 85mm f/1.8D Auto Focus Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras - Fixed
- Lens not zoomable
- Portable medium telephoto lens that is ideal for indoor and outdoor portraits
- Rear Focusing system for fast and smooth optical performance
- Subtle blurring of background for beautifully natural and evocative portraits
- High-speed f1.8 aperture
- Compact and lightweight at 13.2 ounces
There is a newer model of this item:
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Special Offers and Product Promotions
|Aperture Control Design||Includes aperture ring|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||HN-23|
|Compatible Mountings||Nikon F (FX)|
|Focus Type||Screw drive from camera|
|Item Dimensions||2.83 x 2.83 x 2.32 inches|
|Item Display Weight||0.38 Kilograms|
|Item Weight||0.84 pounds|
|Lens Type||Prime lens|
|Macro Focus Range||0.85 m|
|Material Type||Plastic barrel, Metal mount|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F1.8|
|Maximum Focal Length||85 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm full frame|
|Minimum Focal Length||85 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||9|
|Number of Elements||6|
|Number of Groups||6|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||62 mm|
|Real Angle Of View||25.5 Degrees|
|Shipping Weight||1.19 pounds|
From the Manufacturer
AF Nikkor lenses work with Nikon SLRs for optimal performance, even the very latest. The Nikon 85mm f1.8D AF Nikkor is a compact and portable medium telephoto lens ideal for indoor or outdoor portraits. An excellent choice for your first telephoto lens, it features subtle blurring of background for beautifully natural and evocative portraits, Rear Focusing system for fast and smooth optical performance, and weighs 13.2 ounces.
Nikon Super Integrated Coating ensures exceptional performance
To enhance the performance of its optical lens elements, Nikon employs an exclusive multilayer lens coating that helps reduce ghost and flare to a negligible level. Nikon Super Integrated Coating achieves a number of objectives, including minimized reflection in the wider wavelength range and superior color balance and reproduction. Nikon Super Integrated Coating is especially effective for lenses with a large number of elements, like our Zoom-Nikkors. Also, Nikon's multilayer coating process is tailored to the design of each particular lens. The number of coatings applied to each lens element is carefully calculated to match the lens type and glass used, and also to assure the uniform color balance that characterizes Nikkor lenses. This results in lenses that meet much higher standards than the rest of the industry.
With Nikon's Rear Focusing (RF) system, all the lens elements are divided into specific lens groups, with only the rear lens group moving for focusing. This makes autofocusing operation smoother and faster.
D-type and G-type Nikkors relay subject-to-camera distance information to AF Nikon camera bodies. This then makes possible advances like 3D Matrix Metering and 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash. Note: D-type and G-type Nikkors provide distance information to the following cameras: Auto exposure; F6, F5, F100, F90X, F80, F75, F70, F65, F60, F55, F50, Pronea S, Pronea 600i, D2 series, D1 series, D100, and D70s/D70. Flash control; F6, F5, F100, F90X, F80, F75, F70, D2 series, D1 series, D100, and D70s/D70 cameras.
What's in the Box:
Lens, 62mm snap-on front lens cap, rear lens cap LF-1, screw-in hood HN-23.
Read about our customers' top-rated lenses and cameras on our review pages: Lenses, Digital SLR Cameras, Compact System Cameras
Top Customer Reviews
Also, if you shoot on a manual focus body like the F3, you'll like the solid but smooth feel of the focus ring.
The 85mm comes with a metal, screw-on hood. My preference is the plastic bayonet mounts, but I find that I don't need the hood that often since this lens doesn't tend to flare.
Two minor complaints about this lens: first, the bokeh is not exceptional. That's OK; I'm not a bokeh hound. But when I see the creamy out of focus specular highlights that the 85mm f/1.4 produces, sometimes I dream about spending the extra money.
Second, I wish it were AF-S. But even without AF-S, it focuses faster than you'd expect.
Finally, the construction is solid. I've used it heavily for two years in deserts, jungles, and glaciers (ok, and in less glamorous places like around the apartment) and it still looks brand new.
In short, my favorite lens. Absolutely worth every penny.
A few notes on specific performance issues, some of which seem to be in disagreement with others here:
- I would not characterize the lens as very sharp wide open. I've sampled three of these lenses, two "AF" models and one "AF-D" model. The AF-D was the best. Like any lens I've used, it loses sharpness at wider apertures, and I would characterize it as soft at f/1.8, still moderately soft at f/2.8, good at f/4, sharp at f/5.6 and very sharp at f/8. There is a definite difference in sharpness at each aperture up through f/8. This is not necessarily bad. A bit of softness at f/1.8-f/2.8 might be desirable for portraits and some other types of photos, and the lens is very sharp where you would usually use it for landscapes and general photography - f/5.6-f/8 or so. At wider apertures, the contrast between a blurred background and relatively sharp subject remains striking and is a very pleasant effect that will allow you to get exceptional images.
- This is not a high-contrast lens, due at least partly to a lack of ED glass.Read more ›
- How is this with a D200? (ans: great. fast auto-focus. no compatibility issues)
- Do you really get crisp photos and cool bokeh? (ans: absolutely)
- Is 1.8 ok or do you need 1.4? (ans: I don't have a 1.4 but the 1.8 is so competent for the price and I get the crispness and shallow DOF I was looking for)
- Is the shooting distance for an 85mm acceptable or do you need a 55mm so you can be closer to the subject? (ans: I really like the shooting distance for the 85mm. I really would not less distance between me and the subject)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great portrait lens. It's better than I thought it would be. I have the Nikon 135mm f2.0 defocus lens which is the top Nikon portrait lens. Read morePublished 1 month ago by William F. Lawson
One of the best lenses Nikon has ever produced. Don't bother with the low quality newer G model of this lens. This is the real deal.Published 3 months ago by R. A. Bell
I bought this lens in 2012 and have had very good results with it the last 3 years using my Nikon D800. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ms. Jen
I bought this to replace a damaged version of the same lens. There is nothing to say except that it is an outstanding lens at an affordable price;.Published 6 months ago by George Thomson
I got it used from Otaku Mode.. Lens came 2 days prior to the shortest term.( from Japan) No scratches , Nothing is loose or else. Test shots results are normal. Read morePublished 6 months ago by victor
Excellent lens, I am very happy with my purchase, a very nice background blur pictures that I take love, remains. I highly recommend it!Published 10 months ago by martha Fájer Cruz