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Vivitar VIV-85MM-N - 85MM Lens for Nikon

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  • Item Weight: 2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B001TP1M4S
  • Item model number: VIV-85MM-N
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

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Vivitar VIV-85MM-N - 85MM LENS FOR NIKON

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By David J. Elfering on May 9, 2009
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Positives:

- True f/1.4 low light lens: I've seen variation of how well I felt some lenses really gather light and this one really lives up to what I hoped for

- Nice contrast & color: The Vivitar behaves exactly as my Nikkors with regard to color rendering and all my shots have had nice contrast. Wonderful performance here.

- Decent build: Ok do its not in the same league as my old Nikkor 55mm f/3.5 which I think would live through a world war, but its not bad. The caps and sunshade are so-so but the metal mount, focus action and glass all seem well beyond the price point.

- Bokeh: I find the bokeh very appealing, your mileage may vary but I like it.

- Sharpness: With proper technique this lens can really shine in terms of sharpness. I did a test against my Nikon 35-70mm f/2.8 and Nikon 50mm f/1.8 and felt that the Vivitar had better center sharpness than either of them. Nailing focus at f/1.4 takes very good technique and practice though.

Negatives:
- Chromatic aberration: It doesn't show up in all shots, but in those with shiny objects or extreme contrasted borders I see a lot of both purple and green color fringing. You have to zoom in to see it, but there can be a lot of it depending on the shot

- Focus pocus: This isn't really the lenses fault but nailing a shot at f/1.4 takes some technique. When I did my comparison shots I mounted my D90 on a tripod and used extreme LiveView magnification to come within millimeters of focus between the different shots taken. Kudos to LiveView it proved to be invaluable for that.

- Quality control: While my lens has been quite good, I've read about others on the Vivitar Flickr group having issues with defective lens coatings or aperture blades that get stuck.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By R. mackey on June 24, 2009
I've read about this lens on Ken Rockwell's sight. It may be the bargain of the year. I immediately hopped on the train to NYC and went to B and H. The salesperson was so nice..... but he made one mistake...He only had a Canon version at hand. AAAAAAArgh! I only shoot NIKON and almost had a conniption fit.I wasnt in the store anyway, they had them in stock at the Brooklyn ware house.RAN to 18th street (adorama). Sales person there was great and helpful too. Got my lens. Here's the summary, short and sweet.

- Build quality was surprizingly good...even the sales person as quite
shocked.
- Bokeh is nice and creamy......I like it.
- Its sharp at the wide end. The real reason to get it.

- David is right. This is an amazing lens.

Summary

I had a hard time believing one can get such great images (see David's review-flicker's dedicated page) with a lens so cheap.Some even prefer this lens over the Nikon. And that lens is LEGENDARY!!!!!! So now i dub thee this lens....

THE CHEAP LEGEND!!!!!!

Oh....And my apologies to Canon users....I'm gonna suck it up one day and get a 5d MK II but ill still be able to use my Nikon glass anyway HAHAHA!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By W. Niles on October 23, 2011
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This is an amazing lens. It is the perfect manual focusing lens for portraits. With this lens you are just far enough away from your subject. And with f/1.4 to f/2.8 your depth of field is such that it gives a nice blurred background.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brett Nelson on November 13, 2013
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This really is a nice lens! Strong and heavy. Like good glass is ment to be.

But after some research I found that nikon sells a fixed 85 at almost the same price with AF. So I returned it.

I did like it thought. No complaints.
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