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Nikon - AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Medium Telephoto Lens - Black-Angle_Standard

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Rating 4.9 out of 5 stars with 295 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Lens!!

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    JwaltPhotography
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    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.

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    ChosenNickname
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    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

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    hokiephoto
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    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

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    kyrintethron
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    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!

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    Naegele412
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    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

    Portraits

    Posted
    mouthpiece
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    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!

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    mediumbrown
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    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

    Awesome lens at an exception price!

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    FCWA871
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    The Nikon 85mm 1.8g lens Is a must have for any SLR user. It is a high quality, high performance lens at a price that makes it affordable for anyone. The lens focuses quickly with an internal silent wave motor and is very quiet. The glass is huge, providing excellent light gathering capabilities, especially with the 1.8 aperture rating. The 85mm is another "normal" lens like the 50mm, in that pictures taken with it look very natural with the human eye. I find it difficult to take a bad picture with this lens! It is very sharp and very accurate. Though built mainly of plastic, it feels very high quality and the plastics are very strong. Great lens!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Just What I Needed!!

    Posted
    SeeYouToo
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    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

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent lens for indoor sports

    Posted
    Pen1
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    My daughter is playing travel basketball and many of the gyms have poor lighting. The lens I had could not let in enough light to get any quality pictures. I purchased this lens and it looks like I’m a professional sports photographer. The photographs are crisp and clear and with the proper settings freezing the action is no problem. The only downside is that it’s a fix lens but that can be overcome by how you position yourself to take the shots. I would highly recommend this lens.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Lens - Sharp Image

    Posted
    Boulvick
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    I am a big fan of portrait photography. My 18-200mm lens is very practical, but if you are looking for astonishing picture quality, fixed lenses are the best choice if you don't want to pay couple thousands of dollars. I had the 35mm, but it is not a portrait lens. Buying and using the 85mm, gave me a whole new experience with image quality, sharpness and colors. So far, I am very happy with the lens, and "it is worth every penny"; it is mainly what I say every time I get a phenomenal picture with it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Portrait lens for DX cameras

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    NikonD500User
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    I have a Nikon D500 and I use it generally for outdoor pictures, however, I also wanted to expand my camera capabilities for indoor portrait pictures mostly for my 3year old.The 16-80mm kit lens is excellent, but it does not generate good bokeh, so I tried 35mm, 50mm and 85mm lens on my D500 and the 85mm f1.8 was far better than 35mm and 50mm in terms of bokeh. The only thing to work around would be to manage the distance from the subject. But overall it is an excellent lens if you are looking for shooting portraits on your crop sensor camera.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Walk Around Lens for Nikon D5100

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    NikonSanDiego
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    I did quite a lot of research on what my "main" lens for my Nikon D5100 would be. I already had the Tamron 70-300mm lens with image stabilization. This fills the bill nicely. It is well balanced on the D5100 body. Zoom from 16 to 85mm is 1/4 turn (which makes getting shots easy). Image quality has been very good, a definite step up over the 18-55 kit lens I bought the camera with. It has VR, ED Glass, and a metal camera mount. I think the durability will be good, but have not had the lens long enough to say for sure. The lens is pricy compared with other non-pro zooms that Nikon offers, but I think it is a good value.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great addition to the portrait family

    Posted
    KarmenRider637
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    I have the 50MM but at times find myself too close to my subject. had my eye on this lens for years. Finally went on sale so I took the chance. Great pictures with a much creamier Bokeh than the 50mm. Focus, I have to agree that is a tad slower but not enough to not be functional. Now I don't have to be in my subjects face and the pics I take now my subject are more relax and natural. If you are a hobbyist like me buy this portrait len, Not too expense yet takes exceptional photos

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Better than Acceptable

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    Masta
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    I was torn between this and the much more expensive 1.4 and chose the 1.8 mainly because of price. I'm not a professional photographer although I do shoot seriously, and this produces high quality images. It's decent in low light and the autofocus is fairly quick, and I even have decent results wide open. Some complain about the plastic construction which is a fair concern, but if you take care of things you'll have nothing to worry about! It's certainly worth the price and performs admirably.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Save $1000 and get this one!

    Posted
    JohnK
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    I wanted a mid-range prime lens and went back and forth considering the 1.4 or 1.8 version. I am not a pro nor do I make a living as a photographer, so I went with the 1.8 and have been extremely happy with it's performance, it has great bokeh, excellent sharpness, and focuses very fast. The results are great on both crop sensor and full frame cameras. So save yourself the extra $1000 and get this lens.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Portrait perfection

    Posted
    Myfstopshere69
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    I love to take photos of my family and pets I got tired of paying a professional to come and take 15 pics and take my $300 ...I invested in a camera and this lens for portraits and it is amazing ! Very clear and the bokeh is wonderful . I get many compliments about the photos I take . Very pleased with the Nikon products. Especially this lens

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent beginners lens

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    AJ97
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    I highly recommend this lens for beginner Nikon dSLR users who own only the kit zoom lens that came with the camera. The lens is light and compact and produces very impressive results. I highly recommend the use of this lens for portrait, events and for landscape. This lens allows you to shoot at low light and/or to blur the background of the subject of the photo. This prime lens is a safe, affordable and way to see for yourself how good a prime lens can be as against the kit zoom lens.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    sharp prime

    Posted
    silvereagle
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    This lens is sharp even at wide open aperture. Color saturation is amazing and am happy with this choice. Sharpness extends to corners when stopping down to 4 , tack sharp from there on but at 1.8 it is great also. I had to return a lens because of severe color fringing but this copy is not suffering any and am happy with it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love Love Love it!!!

    Posted
    NDLPhotography
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    I purchased this lens for a wedding session and I must say the photos I captured in a room which had no windows (no natural light) came out wonderful! I was freaking out when I found out there were no windows since I do all of my photography with some kind of natural light. Don’t hesitate, buy, buy, buy!! You won’t regret it! :-)

    I would recommend this to a friend