Nikon 85mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
Used & New from: $329.99
Is it worth the investment if I already have a 18-200? HI - I am an advanced amateur shooting a D5000 with a 18-200 VR II. For porttraits, is the $450 investment in this lens worth it?

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asked by Gerardo on May 17, 2010
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If you have a D5000, you will have to manually focus the 85mm f1.8D lens. To get an Auto Focus lens for this level of camera would require the 85mm f/1.8G lens. It is important to know whether your camera has an autofocus engine or not.
Charlie answered on December 12, 2012

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It's worth every penny, especially if you take portrait shots. I do not have the 18-200, but I have the 16-85 VRII. While the 16-85 is a great lens for outdoor shots, landscape and group photos, the quality of portrait I get from the 85 1.8 (or any prime lens for that matter) is way above any all around zoom. Most pictures I take with this lens are worth keeping.
Avatar answered on February 24, 2012

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For me, yes (well, I bought mine used for $360).

However, you're the only one who can decide whether it's worth it to you. How much do you value control over out-of-focus background (bokeh) or having a "3-dimensional" look? Do you like being able to shoot indoors and in other low-light situations without using a flash or high ISO settings?

If these characteristics or important to you, then the $450 may be worth it.
Gatorowl answered on August 8, 2010

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yes, worth every penny
Yiming answered on August 11, 2010

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Do you use an FX or DX camera?
Charlie answered on April 3, 2012

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I have both the 18-200 and the 85 mm f/1.8 among others. These two are the lenses I most use (I photograph people and places). The 85 mm is great for head shots, particularly indoors without flash. If $450 is a reach, try eBay where you'll see lots of them.
Piano Student answered on August 28, 2010

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