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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
- Focal Length : 85 mm, Minimum Focus Distance : 3.0 ft. (0.85m)
- Optimized for edge to edge sharpness on both FX and DX cameras;Closest focusing distance:0.85 m
- 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|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description|
|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||2.2 pounds|
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|Compatible Camera Mount||Nikon F (FX)||Nikon F (FX)||Nikon F (DX)||Nikon F (FX)||Canon EF,Canon EF-S, Canon EF, Canon EF-S||Nikon F (FX)|
|Focus Type||Ultrasonic||Ultrasonic||Ring-type ultrasonic||Ring-type ultrasonic||Auto/Manual||Ring-type ultrasonic|
|Item Dimensions||3.43 x 3.31 x 3.43 in||3.15 x 2.87 x 3.15 in||2.76 x 2.09 x 2.76 in||2.91 x 2.13 x 2.91 in||3.4 x 3.4 x 3.4 in||3.27 x 3.54 x 3.27 in|
|Item Weight||1.31 lbs||0.77 lb||7.05 ounces||0.64 lb||1.7 lbs||1.32 lbs|
|Lens Type||Prime lens||Prime lens||standard-prime||Prime lens||Telephoto||Prime lens|
|Maximum Focal Length||85 millimeters||85 millimeters||35 millimeters||50 millimeters||85 millimeters||35 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||85 millimeters||85 millimeters||35 millimeters||50 millimeters||33 millimeters||35 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||77 millimeters||67 millimeters||52 millimeters||58 millimeters||86 millimeters||67 millimeters|
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.Use of Nano Crystal Coat further reduces ghosting and interior flare across a wide range of wavelengths for even greater image clarity.
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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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.)
Forget what it costs. Forget the other "make do" lenses. Find a way to own this lens.
Seriously, you NEED this lens.
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/1.6 I was shooting full bodies w/ him about 15 yards from the net and it was REALLY blowing it out. I knew this thing was a bokeh machine, but I seriously didnt realize it was THIS much of a bokeh machine.
Words cant do it justice. Seeing other peoples photos taken with it cant do it justice. You truly need to throw it on your camera and shoot the way you normally would, and see how much this thing transforms your work to appreciate how good this lens is. This thing is worth every penny I paid for it.
Sharp, sharp, sharp!
Excellent bokeh. I don't want to describe everything in details, as many people here already did.
I will just confirm that everything good said for this lens is 100% true!
I've tested the new 85mm 1.8 and it is as sharp as this one, but there are some things, like CA where this 1.4 version excels!
Obviously, this lens provides 1.4 and 1.6. If you need the speed then you have to pay the price. In addition, the bokeh at 1.4 is noticeably superior to that at 1.8. So, again if you need the smoothness difference then you have to pay the price. My 1.4 is sharp wide open (amazing) and is sharper than my 1.8 at every common aperture (some reviews differ). The difference may be due to better contrast, but the difference is nonetheless there. However, the differences are not major and are only noticeable on high magnification and close scrutiny. As for bokeh, at 1.8 and smaller apertures (larger aperture designations like 2.8 and 4.0), there are differences, but they are subtle. The fact is that the lenses are more alike than they are different. I can't say emphatically that there are shots that I can get with the 1.4 (other than shots taken at 1.4 and 1.6) that I couldn't get with the 1.8, but I'm willling to pay the difference just in case. However, I can say with a high degree of confidence that whatever that number is, it is much less than 5% of the shots I take at 85mm. So, if you are on a budget and don't require sub-1.8 aperture shots, I could not in good conscience advise you to purchase this gem when the 1.8G is so excellent.
As for the comparison with the Canon 1.2, the 1.4G fares very well. Sharpness wide open is pretty close between the lenses (this is a non-rigorous comparison; a serious comparison would require mounting the 1.4G onto a Canon body and shooting both lenses in tandem). The thing that I found to be truly interesting is that the smoothness of the bokeh between lenses is very close despite the 1/3 stop difference. In fact, I give the 1.4G bokeh the nod by half a nose. However, this conclusion--as are most with respect to bokeh--is somewhat subjective and may also depend somewhat on differences in rendering between Nikon and Canon bodies. Regardless, it's good to know that Nikon shooters don't lose much (or anything) by not having the fastest 85mm lens available.
The decision of which lens to use is difficult. For raw speed the Canon is faster (1/2 stop); but I prefer the Nikon bokeh and it focuses faster. Moreover, the Nikon provides better-edge-to-edge sharpness wide open. So what lens did a take on a reason hike? It was the Nikon 1.8G which was the preferred lens due to its compact size.