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Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Medium Telephoto Lens: Transform every portrait into a work of art with a lens that delivers exceptional image quality and rich color saturation even at wide open apertures. Whether you're capturing headshots, wedding photos or nature images, this medium telephoto lens offers all you need for professional results in almost any lighting conditions.

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    Nikon - AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Medium Telephoto Lens - Black
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    What's Included

    • Bayonet lens hood (HB-62)
    • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Medium Telephoto Lens
    • Owner's manual
    • Semisoft lens case (CL-1015)
    • Snap-on front lens cap (LC-6) and rear lens cap (LF-4)

    Ratings & Reviews

    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (265 out of 267)


    Compatible with a variety of Nikon DSLR cameras

    Works with any Nikon FX or DX-format DSLR camera with an F-bayonet mount. Also compatible with most Nikon 35mm SLR cameras.

    Medium telephoto lens gets you closer to your subject

    Allows you to capture intricately detailed images without getting too close to your subject. Concentrates the focus on a narrow field of view for vivid close-up shots.

    85mm focal length

    Beautifully isolates your subject from the background. This versatile focal length blends depth and dimension for stunning portraits, action shots and low-light images.

    f/1.8 maximum aperture

    Performs exceptionally well in low-light settings and allows remarkable depth-of-field control, so you can softly blur the background and draw attention to your subject.

    SWM (Silent Wave Motor) ensures smooth, precise focusing

    Utilizes ultrasound vibrations to focus the lens, resulting in smooth, silent and precise autofocusing.

    M/A focusing mode

    Allows you to switch from manual to automatic with virtually no lag time, by simply turning the focusing ring on the lens.

    Internal Focus for fast, smooth autofocusing

    Allows for a more compact, lightweight construction and a closer focusing distance without changes in the lens barrel length.

    Advanced lens coating for improved optics

    Nikon Super Integrated Coating minimizes ghosting and flare and ensures consistent color balance for true-to-life images.

    2.62' minimum focusing distance

    Accommodates 67mm filters

    Compatible with screw-on filter types.

    Accessories included

    Comes with a hood, lens cap (front and rear) and case.

    Customer rating

    Rating 4.9 out of 5 stars with 267 reviews

    would recommend to a friend

    Expert rating

    Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 8 reviews



    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent Lens!!

      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I bought this lens after tons of research to use for portrait photography. When i got it and started snapping pictures on my DX body, (actual focal length w/ crop sensor closer to 127mm) I was irritated. There was no noticeable difference from my Nikon 50mm 1.8g that I was try to improve on. I came home, grabbed the box and prepared to return it before the 15 days. Then I decided to go ahead and import some photos I took with it to my computer and really see. I was absolutely blown away with the sharpness. Granted the AF is much slower than the 50mm and 35mm 1.8G, the quality it well worth it. See this are mainly used for portraits and stuff like that, it is awesome. I would not recommend for anything that moves super fast if you want to use wide open. I did a sample test because I could not find one anywhere online that compared the 50mm f/1.8G to the 85mm f1.8G and frankly, this is probably the most common upgrade, not the 1.4mm that internet seems to constantly compare. The bokeh on this lens is a tad bit better, mainly due to compression of the image at such a long length. I attached an image to show sharpness comparison. Using a tripod. Notes on image, I had to compress a little because bb only allows 5MB upload, hope you can see the difference.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Amazing portrait and low light lens.

      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      Simply the best portrait lenses I've used on a full frame Nikon. I wanted a sharp lens that can be shot wide open for good subject isolation with a narrow depth of field and this lens fits that role. As for the focal length, I think it's perfect for head shots; the one in my review was taken with me seated at the same table just a few feet from the subject. I had an SB700 flash sitting on the table off to the side of the subject and fired it remotely with a Yongnuo YN622N wireless flash trigger. With my 50mm lens I'd have had to crop it quite a bit and lose out on some resolution. My 24-120 F/4 zoom lens would have worked OK but it's not as nearly as good in low light. This lens will get the nod anytime I want to capture human subjects. Are they any negatives? The only negative I can identify is that I'd prefer this lens was nano-coated. I think the color rendition and contrast is better with the nano-coated lenses. I'm sure that nano-coating would increase the price some but this lens is so relatively affordable that I could live with that. Some may say the lack of VR is a negative but I don't agree. I'm glad this lens doesn't have VR as the VR system would add weight and with a wide 1.8 aperture I don't see that it would be particularly useful in this application. All the positive reviews are correct, this lens is an amazing value and is a wonderful addition to your FX Nikon. It's light and simple design should give you many years of faithful service capturing beautiful images.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Insanely Sharp

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      For the price, if you are fine with using a prime instead of a zoom, get this lens. This lens is insanely sharp and I'm able to crop in on pictures (when needed) to ridiculous amounts because of how much resolution is still left. I bought this as a portrait lens for a full frame (d750). I also have several zooms and also the Nikon 50mm 1.8. I was actually relatively disappointed in how soft the 50mm was for a prime, but have kept it because of the price and size/weight/versatility for a walk around. However, this lens is now a go to lens whenever I can justify its use. If I were to redo this, I would have waited, skipped the nifty fifty, and gone straight to the 85mm 1.8 and coupled it with either the 35mm 1.8 or something that covers the lower end of the focal length. I've also used the 105mm macro Nikon, and honestly, while that lens is versatile because of the macro ability, it hunts for focus during portraits, is far too heavy, and really isn't any sharper for portraits (and the bokeh isn't as creamy, despite the DOF supposedly giving it an advantage). Also, there are far better priced macro lenses available if you want macro shots that will save you the money to spend on other lenses. I don't see the need to pay extra for the 1.4 85mm since I rarely shoot that wide because of DOF issues with portraits and modern full frames have insane ISO when I really need it, or I can just strap on the flash. In the end, get the 85mm 1.8, it is insanely sharp, good resolution, quick focus, lite weight, and has great DOF and bokeh. It is twice the price of the 50mm, but worth every penny and more. These two lenses really shouldn't be compared to each other as this is a far superior product and one that a pro could actually keep in his/her arsenal for a shoot. Also, if you're a pro, skip the 1.4 and put the money towards another lens or piece of equipment. I've used both, it is not worth the money. The 1.4 gives you the fancy gold ring, more weight, and that's justifiably it. The Sigma Art is enticing, but also built and weighs like a tank, and unless you're a micro pixel peeper, I can't see the need of a lens that sharp. If anything, it will just create more problems in PP with portraits. Zero regrets with this lens.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent Lens For Headshot/Portrait Photography

      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I love this lens to death, and will miss it (as I'm switching over to a fast zoom, Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8). But while I had it, it has been phenomenal. Shots with it are always very sharp, and because of the nice wide maximum aperture, it's great for shooting in low light and getting that lustrous bokeh that everyone loves. As a prime lens, and especially on a crop body, this lens might be troublesome for casual photographers, as you've really got to have the right moment to use it. It's much too long for indoor photography (unless shooting pets), and not long enough to shoot really distant subjects. That being said, for anyone serious about photography as a profession or a hobby, a lens of this length is a must have, and there aren't too many better than this one.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Buy - Great Lens!

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      The biggest competition for this lens is the one also made bt Nikkor for $1400 and most people are always wondering: “Whats the difference!?” And “Is it worth the extra $1000?!” Well, I can tell you from my experience and from what I have seen, shooting both side by side and comparing images. This lens is the better buy, and there’s not enough of a difference in any functionality or image quality to justify soending an extra $1000 for the other lens. People may choose to break it down technically and butcher the specs to justify the extra expense.. specs or not, this lens is worth every penny, and the more expensive one - just IS NOT. Pictures don’t lie.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I just did a recent portrait shoot and this was the only lens I pulled of my bag. This guy is a great, light weight option, especially on a DX (Crop) Sensor (because of the extended reach you get). I can't remember the exact number but this lens actually ends up being over 100mm on a crop sensor. Because of that, you get even more compression on shots which makes for great portraits. This paired with my d7200 has been nothing short of majestic (when the Green Ranger comes back as the White Ranger type of majestic).

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent Performer!

      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      If you enjoy shooting primes like I do then you will definitely be happy with this 85mm 1.8G medium telephoto lens. It provides sharp optics and less chromatic aberration than the 35mm 1.8 and its distortion free (mainly because of its focal length). I've been using this along with my D7100 and having the capability of shooting wide open with this lens and the great hi ISO performance of the D7100 provides outstanding low light capability without having to worry about motion blur. It is fairly lightweight plastic construction, but by no means does it feel cheap. I think it is well made and feels solid in the hands. As a bonus it does include a lens pouch and a lens hood.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Just What I Needed!!

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I bought this for a DX camera so I can shoot High School basketball games. I am pretty close to the action so a zoom was not necessary! The 1.8 and the fact that its a Prime lens makes it an excellent choice. Putting this on the DX gave me about 127mm zoon and when shooting I choose JPEG which gives me even more FPS than if I was shooting raw. I have the option to crop in the camera as well. I love it!!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    What experts are saying

    Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars with 8 reviews

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    • PCMagRating, 4 out of 5Jim Fisher on March 23, 2015
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    • popphoto.comJulia Silber on October 8, 2012
      Lens Test: Nikon 85mm f/1.8G AF-S Nikkor
      When nikon introduced its full-frame D4 for pros in January, it also had something for its amateur fans: the 85mm f/1.8G AF-S Nikkor ($500, street)—the fifth 85mm for FX bodies in its current catalog. This newest 85mm also belongs to another NikonFull Review
    • on June 2, 2012
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    • PDN OnlineApril 26, 2012
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    • The Imaging Resource!Rating, 4.8 out of 5March 19, 2012
      Nikon 85mm f/1.8G AF-S Nikkor Review
      Nikon has produced an excellent update to the long-lived 85mm ƒ/1.8D: while autofocus performance isn't quite as fast in the 85mm ƒ/1.8G, the majority of photographers using this lens probably won't be using it in applications that demandFull Review
    • (UK)Szymon Starczewski on March 10, 2012
      Nikon Nikkor AF-S 85 mm f/1.8G
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