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Nikon PC-E FX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/2.8D Fixed Zoom Lens for Nikon DSLR Cameras

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  • Medium-telephoto perspective control lens with 85mm focal length and f/2.8 maximum aperture
  • Lets you shift, tilt, and rotate lens while you shoot for more interesting perspectives
  • Shifting range of plus or minus 11.5mm; tilting range of plus or minus 8.5 degrees
  • Revolves 90 degrees in either direction; coated with Nano Crystal Coat and SIC
  • Rounded 9-blade diaphragm; measures 3.3 inches in diameter and 4.2 inches long
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The new PC-E Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/2.8D lens, expands a series of lenses that allow photographers to effectively correct perspective and/or depth-of-field to push creative boundaries. This new Perspective Control (PC) lens corrects linear distortion in order to better replicate images as seen by the human eye, including straightening the converging lines of rectilinear objects such as buildings, while also introducing welcome command over depth-of-field. The versatility makes this the perfect lens complement for a myriad of applications, including photographing architecture, nature, interiors and still-life?especially product photography.

When shooting subjects, such as tall buildings with a conventional lens, composition often calls for tilting the axis of a camera. This typically results in a significant distortion of converging lines, impacting the desired visual accuracy of the image. A PC-E NIKKOR lens' shift control provides correction for this type of distortion. Shift control can also give a photographer the ability to effectively move the apparent position of the camera?providing further perspective versatility, allowing, for example, the ability to avoid unwanted reflections in an image.

A PC-E lens' tilt control gives photographers additional creative control over depth-of-field. Known as the Scheimpflug principal, tilt-shift lenses are capable of modifying the focal plane of the lens, allowing the extension or limitation of the point of critical sharpness in the image. The combination of tilt and shift controls featured in all PC-E NIKKOR lenses gives photographers extraordinary control over perspective?control which simply is not possible with conventional lenses.

A special tilt/shift mechanism gives users up to +/- 11.5mm shift for perspective control and +/- 8.5-degree tilt control for creative focus. The Perspective Control lenses correct distortion and vanishing point issues with convenient side-mount

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Perfect for portrait, nature, and commercial photography, the Nikon medium-telephoto 85mm, f/2.8D lens lets you control the perspective more than with other lenses, with the ability to tilt, shift, and rotate while you shoot. The lens offers a wide shifting range--plus or minus 11.5mm--with a tilting range of plus or minus 8.5 degrees to provide exceptional perspective control. In addition, the lens revolves plus or minus 90 degrees in 30-degree increments, providing versatile tilt/shift shooting effects. As a result, you can enjoy all kinds of distorted perspectives and unique angles, giving your shots extra life.

The lens is coated with Nikon's Nano Crystal Coat, which virtually eliminates internal reflections across a wide range of wavelengths to produce even greater image clarity. The high-performance Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC), meanwhile, offers superior color performance and substantially reduced ghosting and flare. Other details include an auto-aperture control with an electromagnetic diaphragm (requires Nikon D3, D700, or D300 D-SLR camera), and a rounded nine-blade diaphragm that produces a more natural appearance for out-of-focus image elements.

Technical Specifications

  • Focal length: 85mm
  • Maximum aperture: f/2.8
  • Minimum aperture: f/32
  • Autofocus: No
  • AF-S (Silent Wave Motor): No
  • Compatible formats: FX, DX, FX in DX crop mode, 35mm film
  • Distance information: Yes
  • ED glass elements: No
  • Super Integrated Coating (SIC): Yes
  • Nano Crystal Coat: Yes
  • Minimum focus distance: 1.3 feet
  • Angle of view: 28 degrees @ 30 feet
  • Lens (elements): 6
  • Lens (groups): 5
  • Maximum reproduction ratio: 1:2
  • Mount type: Nikon F-Bayonet
  • Filter type: Screw on
  • Filter size: 77mm
  • Lens attachment size: 77mm
  • Lens case: CL-1120 flexible lens pouch
  • Lens hood: HB-22 bayonet hood
  • Dimensions: 3.3-inch diameter, 4.2 inches long
  • Weight: 22.4 ounces
  • Supplied accessories: HB-22 bayonet hood, CL-1120 flexible lens pouch, LF-1 rear lens cap, LC-77 snap-on front lens cap

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 3.3 x 3.3 inches ; 1.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B001BTAZHM
  • Item model number: 2175
  • National Stock Number: 6760-01-595-0587
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 2, 2008

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I do a fair bit of macro photography, and lately this lens has become my favorite.

I tend to be "old school" and for a long time, my setup included an old bellows system with the Nikon 60mm macro. Honestly, I didn't use the bellows so much to get more magnification - it was all about having the tilts and shifts so I could choose exactly what parts of the image stayed in focus. Depth of field is so minimal close up, I can't see how you do without tilts and shifts to get reasonable emphasis on your subject. Of course, the drawback is that a bellows becomes a fairly cumbersome thing to work with. It's all manual (exposure, focus, etc) and often you only have a dim image in the viewfinder to work with. Lots of trial and error to get the right settings - but when you do, it's a wonderful thing.

Enter the 85mm 2.8 PC-E and that whole topic changes.

Now, I have something that gives me most of the capability of my bellows setup, but in a much faster and more integrated way. On my D3 or D300, exposure is all automatic - I've even used Nikon's remote flash setups and the exposure comes out spot-on every time. The focus is still manual, but it seems much, much easier than what I used to do. And being a slightly longer focal length, it puts me just a bit further from the subject, making lighting and so on easier. All in all, a big productivity gain, and a vast improvement in the "keepers to junk" ratio.

As for the image quality, I'd rate it as slightly better than the 60mm 2.8 macro for close-up work (and this is saying a lot - the 60mm is an awesome lens!). Colors seem a bit more vivid and contrasty, and sharpness is about the same.
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The lens is very sharp at all apertures. It works very well for portraits with good bokeh (nice out of focus areas and transition, close-ups and of course anything that requires tilt/shift capability.

I use it on both the Nikon d300 and d700 bodies and am very pleased with the images that it produces. The lens is smooth and easily worked for all operations and the manual focus is smooth and precise.

Unlike the previous reviewer, I don't have a big problem with the tilt/shift configuration. It works fine the way it is, for the vast majority of applications. I don't disagree that it would be nice to be able to easily switch the alignment back and forth, but I don't think that is a big deal.
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Little difficult to master, but a great lens. I only wish it were possible to do autofocus. As this is manual focus, it has limited applications, but it's a great portrait lens. I recommend using a smaller aperture to make sure your focus is tack sharp. Almost impossible to use the focusing dot (my camera helps it decide if it's in focus or not) in the dark.
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