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Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D Lens

Medium telephoto lens for Nikon SLR cameras

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by Dave Bar
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Pair Nikon's superbly built AF 85mm f/1.8 lens with your Nikon SLR, and it may become your go-to lens. This "prime" or fixed-length lens delivers sharp, detailed images, with smooth background blur that makes your subjects pop. Its large maximum aperture of f/1.8 takes in lots of light, letting you "freeze" moving subjects, even when shooting indoors without a flash. If you need a lens that snaps exceptional portraits, yet has enough telephoto power to capture action scenes in the mid-distance, you've found it.

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Highlights:

  • AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D lens
  • compatible with Nikon digital and film SLR cameras
    • This lens has no internal focusing motor. Autofocus not compatible with some Nikon camera bodies. Consult your camera manual for details.
  • effective focal length:
    • 85mm with full-frame sensor digital or 35mm film cameras
    • 127.5mm with APS-C sensor cameras
  • minimum focus distance: 2.8 ft.
  • minimum aperture: f/16
  • lens construction: 6 elements in 6 groups
  • attachment/filter size: 62mm
  • lens is 2-5/16" in diameter, 2-13/16" long
  • weight: 13.2 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • front and rear lens caps

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Features and Specs
General
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Nikon
Image Stabilization
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No
Focal Length
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85mm
Maximum Aperture
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F1.8
Weight
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13.404 ounces
Parts Warranty
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5 Years w/registration
Labor Warranty
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5 Years w/registration
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What's in the box?

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  • 85mm f1.8D AF Nikkor lens
  • LC-62 Front lens cap (installed)
  • LF-1 Rear lens cap (installed)
  • HN-23 Hood
  • Instruction Manual
  • Warranty form
  • Product Registration sheet
  • Nikon Extended Warranty offer

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Features

Overview: The Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D lens is a fast, compact telephoto lens which is ideal for indoor or outdoor portraits, as well as indoor sports and stage productions. The telephoto lens offers rear focusing for fast AF operation and provides subtle blurring of backgrounds for beautifully natural-looking portraits. The lens operates with all Nikon interchangeable-lens SLR models.

Specifications:

  • Focal Length: 85mm
  • Maximum Aperture: f/1.8
  • Minimum Aperture: f/16
  • Picture Angle: 28°, 30"
  • Distance Scale: Graduated in meters and feet from 0.85m (3.0 ft) to infinity
  • Aperture Scale: f/1.8 to f/16 on both standard and aperture-direct-readout scales
  • Type of Mount: Nikon F-bayonet type
  • Filter Diameter: 62mm
  • Lens Construction: 6 elements in 6 groups
  • Dimensions: Diameter = 2.8125", Length = 2.6875"
  • Weight: approximately 13.404 ounces

Warranty Terms: Nikon offers a 1-year parts and labor warranty on this lens. An additional 4-year Extended Service Coverage is available at no charge if you register the product with Nikon within 10 days of purchase.

 
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Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D Lens Reviews

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5 out of 5

Fine lens

Written By WalterEm, Ypsilanti, MI on Saturday, November 24, 2012
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Nice crisp lens. I take care of my lenses, so the plastic is fine with me. Images are crisp. Mounted on my D800 it's a winning combination. Even the most Drab subject evokes interest.
Pros:
crisp
Cons:
A little too course adjustment regarding focus for my taste when working with video.
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5 out of 5

Excellent glass, high transmittance and sharpness

Written By ybp, Wichita, KS on Sunday, May 20, 2012
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One stellar fact about this lens is that it's T-stop value is t/1.8. Due to the phenomenal optical design correcting aberrations with a mathematically optimal number of elements via a fast rear-focusing breakthrough, this lens is within 1/3rd of a stop as bright compared to both of the Nikon f/1.4 versions. A T-stop is a measurement of light transmittance based on the f-stop of an "ideal" lens that transmits 100% of light. Rare is the lens which can be rated at the same T-stop as its f-stop; this jewel of a lens is one of those legends.

I am planning to buy the 1.8g version of this lens as soon as crutchfield stocks it. Hopefully, that version will overcome the only negative of the 1.8d--which is the automatically rotating rubber focus ring (thankfully, the front element itself does not rotate during autofocus)--without introducing any shortcomings.
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5 out of 5

Excellent piece.

Written By RN, Cumming, GA on Tuesday, January 17, 2012
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I have a D90 and I bought this FX lens; The sharpness, crispness and speed of this glass is awesome. I really love this. I also have 50mm f1.8 and 80-200 f2.8, this lens by far seemed to have produced some stunning shots.
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