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Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G

Medium telephoto prime lens for Nikon SLR cameras

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Many aspiring shutterbugs start out their SLR careers with an 18-55mm kit lens, and that's a great beginning point. But when it comes time to add a new lens to your camera bag, what should you choose? One great choice might be this bright, medium telephoto "portrait length" lens, the Nikkor AF-S 85mm f/1.8G. Its large maximum aperture will give you detailed shots without a flash in low light situations, plus nicely defocused backgrounds that will highlight your chosen subjects. With a focal length of 85mm on full-frame cameras, and 127.5 on DX-format cameras, you'll be taking close-ups and portraits that command your audience's attention.

Product Highlights:

  • AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G lens
  • compatible with Nikon digital and select film SLR cameras
  • effective focal length:
    • 85mm with full-frame sensor digital or 35mm film cameras
    • 127.5mm with APS-C sensor cameras
  • minimum focus distance: 2.62 ft.
  • minimum aperture: f/16
  • lens construction: 9 elements in 9 groups
  • attachment/filter size: 67mm
  • lens is 3-3/16" in diameter, 3-1/4" long
  • weight: 12.4 oz.
  • warranty: 5 years with product registration
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • front and rear lens caps
  • soft lens case
  • lens hood

Awesome portrait lens!

Kristina, Moorcroft, WY

What's in the Box:

  • AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G lens
  • LC-67 Front lens cap (installed)
  • LF-4 Rear lens cap (installed)
  • HB-62 Bayonet lens hood
  • CL-1015 Semi-soft Case
  • User's Manual (multiple languages)
  • Warranty form

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G Reviews

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(12 Reviews)

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G

Kristina from Moorcroft, WY on 5/1/2017

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Awesome portrait lens!



Nikon 85mm f1.8 G with excellent service from Crutchfield!

Wally from Austin, TX on 3/8/2017

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Product is great works as advertised Nikon has been updating prime lenses and this 85mm Prime is sharp and works great. I have to congratulate Crutchfield on special handling of my order too. I had several gift certificates which required me to speak to customer service to get them processed. Their on line support took care of my order promptly and efficiently. I received a e mail follow up soon after the order was processed including contact information for my rep - along with their picture no less! I received the order and highly recommend Crutchfield for their service and expertise and inventory!

Pros: Lens is very good sharp prime lens great auto focus and the excellent service Crutchfield provides!

Cons: None!

Great Portrait Lense

SteelerMedallion from hillsborough, NC on 3/27/2016

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Great tight lense. Paired with my Nikon D750. Excellent Bokeh and fast focus. Would recommend the lense and as always Crutchfield delivered great service. Lense is a bit lighter than others, (perhaps more plastic)- but this has not taken away from feel.

Pros: Great Bokeh, Fast, Great in low light, focus is very tight

Cons: Build is not the same as other Nikkor glass, but still well built.

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G

Anonymous from California on 1/12/2016

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Excellent lens Does well in low light conditions. Auto focus doesn't perform well. Switched it to manual focus & it remedied the "problem"

Pros: sharp, excellent in low light, beautiful bokeh (manual focus)

Cons: the auto focus is a bit sluggish.


Jazzman from North Carolina on 12/27/2015

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Excellent quality. Great for portraits. Great lens to have in your inventory if an avid photographer or in the business.


Cons: None thus far.

Great Lens

Carri M. from Michigan on 8/31/2015

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This lens is quiet and sharp, and creates beautiful bokeh and nice creamy backgrounds. I love the images I get with this lens.

Pros: Quiet, Sharp, Nice Compression

Cons: Slow to grab focus in low light.

Why pay more???

Anonymous from Brooklyn, NY on 11/20/2014

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This is the best portrait lens, dollar for dollar, you can buy. I was choosing between this lens and f1.4 version. But after trying out both of them, I couldn't justify spending the extra $1200 dollar for f1.4. The f1.8 is sharper then the 1.4, in my opinion and the color rendition rivals the nikon 70-200 vr ll. This lens is also lighter. So if you are a hobbyists or an enthusiast, this is a great option.

Pros: Supper sharp, light weight, low price.

Cons: Slow focus, plastic construction.


Angry from Western NY on 4/22/2014

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Take the sharpest lens , and all the research, money and time spent by you on selecting a great lens and then have it shipped by the worlds worst shipper... This nikon lens in its nikon packaging was put into a brown cardboard box flat against the box floor, tight against the side of the box and tight against the top of the box. Foam peanuts filled the rest of the box which did nothing to protect this lens. This lens got pounded during shipping from Crutchfield to me. Every time this box was handled, dropped, thrown by ups, the lens was basically handled, dropped, and thrown. A delicate glass lens. Awful. How could it be any worse?



Must have prime

Primer from Chicago, IL on 4/13/2014

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I have the 35mm and 50mm 1.8 primes and this one is by far my favorite. It provides excellent subject isolation. It is a great portrait lens.

Pros: Bokeh

Cons: AF speed a tad slow

Nice Portrait Lens

James from DFW, TX on 3/21/2014

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Lens is mounted on d7100 body. Though lens was intended for a full frame it works well with my D7100. Nice shoulder/head shots.

Pros: Sharp and nice bokeh

Cons: AF sometimes not as accurate as I like

Awsome Lens

Lalit from Houston, TX on 3/14/2014

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This is a great lens for Potrait, after clicking pictures with it i can say that i probably dont need the 85mm 1.4F. this is more then enough, amazing low light performance and great sharpness.

Pros: all that you can find in a lens.

Cons: none yet.

The best lens for me

Terence from New York on 2/9/2013

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i got 50mm 1.4D 24-70mm 2.8 & 70-200mm 2.8 but this 85m 1.8G is the best image quality of them. i will never leave it without the camera.

Pros: Best Picture with the best price.

Cons: ciose up picture only


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Features and Specs

Brand Compatibility Nikon
Image Stabilization No
Focal Length 85mm
Maximum Aperture f/1.8
Weight 12.4 ounces
Parts Warranty 5 Years w/registration
Labor Warranty 5 Years w/registration

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Warranty Information


Overview: The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G lens is a fixed focal length lens with a fast f/1.8 aperture for high quality portraits and other low-light applications. It is designed for use with FX/35mm format cameras, but has been optimized for edge-to-edge sharpness on both FX and DX-format D-SLRs. When mounted on a DX-format camera, the angle of view is reduced and equivalent focal length becomes approximately 127mm (see Specifications below).

Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC): Nikon's Super Integrated Coating (SIC) offers superior color performance and substantially reduced ghosting and flare, by enhancing light transmission.

Silent Wave Motor (SWM): The exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables fast, accurate, and quiet auto focus.

Internal Focus: Internal Focus (IF) provides fast and quiet autofocus without changing the length of the lens, retaining working distance throughout the focus range.

Focus Mode Switch: The Focus Mode switch on the barrel of the lens lets you easily switch between manual focus and auto focus. If you want to enable auto focusing, the camera must be set to Auto Focus, and the switch on the lens needs to be set to "M/A". With most Nikon D-SLRs, the lens gives you a manual override option, allowing you to rotate the separate focus ring while pressing the shutter release halfway.

Diaphragm: The lens is equipped with a rounded 7-blade diaphragm, which renders a more natural appearance of out-of-focus image elements.

Lens Hood: The lens comes with the HB-62 bayonet-type lens hood. The hood adds approximately 1-5/8" to the overall length of the lens. You can invert the hood and snap it onto the lens for storage, if desired.


  • Type of Lens: Type G AF-S Nikkor lens with a built-in CPU
  • Type of Mount: Nikon F-bayonet type
  • Filter Diameter: 67mm
  • Focal Length: 85mm
  • Closest Focus Distance: 2.62'
  • Focusing Method: Internal focusing (RF) system, AutoFocus using a Silent Wave Motor, manually by a separate focus ring
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/16
  • Lens Construction: 9 elements in 9 groups
  • Angle of View:
    • FX/35mm Format: 28°-30'
    • DX Format: 18°-50'
    • IX240 System: 22°-50'
  • Dimensions: Diameter=3.147", Length=3.212" (3.827" with lens caps)
  • Weight: approximately 12.4 ounces

Warranty Information

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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Why did you buy this?

It's a fantastic portrait lens. One of the best values in a Nikon lens you can find. [ H Wayne  Mar 21, 2017 ]
Have used this lens superb for portraits [ Chris  Jul 14, 2016 ]
Great reviews by trusted advisors, coupled with consistency good past experience with Crutchfield. [ RICHARD  Mar 02, 2016 ]
I have the 20mm lens, so I wanted/needed a portrait lens with f/1.8. After doing some research, the 105/135mm lens but too pricey, this 85mm f/1.8 has everything I'm looking for. Hopefully, Nikon doesn't update this lens soon. they introduced it way back in 2012. [ SALLVADOR  Dec 30, 2015 ]