Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G Medium Telephoto Portrait Lens - Black

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- Fast: f/1.8 Compact Prime Lens 
- Optimized for FX Format
- Nikon F-Bayonet Mount
- Silent Wave Motor with Internal Focus
- M/A Focus Mode Switch
- Nikon Super Integrated Coating

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Updated and optimized for digital, the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm is a fast aperture compact medium telephoto FX-format portrait lens offers crisp and natural image reproduction for stills and HD video.

Fast Aperture, Medium Telephoto Portrait Lens for Exceptional Stills and HD Video

Designed for use on Nikon's FX-format D-SLR cameras, this updated medium telephoto f/1.8 lens is great for shooting stills or HD videos. The AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G features Nikon's Internal Focus (IF) system providing fast and quiet AF and produces sharp and clear images at all apertures. Its fast maximum aperture is ideal for taking stills or HD videos under ideal lighting, in low light, head and shoulder portraiture, weddings or concerts. When mounted on a DX-format D-SLR, the AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G has an effective field of view of 127mm.

Flattering Portraits in Any Light

Get astonishing low light results. This medium telephoto portrait lens is great for use in the studio, on set or for shooting in available light; producing stills or HD video of people with attractive skin tones and beautiful background blur. With its fast f/1.8 aperture, the AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G will capture even low-light situations with stunning brilliance.

Beautiful Background Blur

Achieve more natural depth of field. When you need to isolate the subject from the background, as when shooting portraitsindoors or outdoorsstills or HD video, the AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G renders a beautiful, natural background blur (Bokeh) at its wider aperture settings.

The Beauty is in the Details

Designed for digital with superior performance. Nikon's Super Integrated Coating (SIC) enhances light transmission efficiency and offers superior color consistency and reduced flare. Nikon's Silent Wave Motor (SWM) assures fast, accurate and quiet autofocus as well as full compatibility including autofocus with Nikon's complete line up of FX- and DX-format cameras.

Internal Focusing

Imagine being able to focus a lens without it changing in size. Nikon's IF technology enables just that. All internal optical movement is limited to the interior of the nonextending lens barrel. This allows for a more compact, lightweight construction as well as a closer focusing distance. 

Silent Wave Motor

Nikon's AF-S technology is yet another reason professional photographers like NIKKOR telephoto lenses. AF-S NIKKOR lenses feature Nikon's SWM which converts "traveling waves" into rotational energy to focus the optics. This enables high-speed autofocusing that's extremely accurate and super quiet. 

M/A mode

AF-S NIKKOR lenses feature Nikon's exclusive M/A mode, that allows switching from autofocus to manual operation with virtually no time lageven during AF servo operation and regardless of AF mode in use. 

Nikon Super Integrated Coating

To enhance the performance of its optical lens elements, Nikon employs an exclusive multilayer lens coating that helps reduce ghost and flare to a negligible level. Nikon Super Integrated Coating achieves a number of objectives, including minimized reflection in the wider wavelength range and superior color balance and reproduction.

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Great steal of a lens

Reviewed on Monday, October 22, 2012

By: Anonymous

Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars.

I bought this when it came out, specifically for weddings. I was originally planning to find a used D series lens, but when this was released I knew it would be great. It has not disappointed. I have used the f/1.4 before, and that is an awesome lens. For the price though, this lens can't be beat. It is lightweight, focuses very quickly, is super sharp, and doesn't cost anywhere near as much as the f/1.4 version. I understand the differences between the two, but if you don't need the extra $1200 performance, this is a very fulfilling lens. I've used this in lens weddings, portraits, and covering live performance (music and theater).


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Length: (Approx.) 3.1x2.9 in. (Diameter x Length) 80x73mm (Diameter x Length)
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Weight: (Approx.) 12.4 oz. (350g)
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Brand: Nikon
Brand: Nikon
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Lens Min. Focus Distance: 2.62 ft.
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Lens Filter Size: 67mm
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Minimum Aperture: f/16
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Lens Magnification Factor: No
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Elements / Groups: 9/9
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The individual pieces of glass that form the overall optical construction. Most lenses have between four and eleven elements to bend the light rays to ensure a perfectly formed image appears on the light sensitive surface, such as a film or CCD. The elements are arranged in groups and may be seen in specification sheets as, for example, 6 elements in 4 groups. That configuration may have two single elements and the other four grouped in pairs.

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Lens Hood: HB-62 Bayonet Lens Hood
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Lens f Stop Range: f/1.8-f/16
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Lens Type: Prime Lens
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Focus Drive: NTSC HDMI
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Angle of View (diagonal): Maximum Angle of View (DX-format) 1850' Maximum Angle of View (FX-format) 2830'
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Maximum Aperture: f/1.8
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Focus Type: Auto / Manual
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In The Box

- Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85MM f/1.8G

- LC-67 Snap-On Front Lens Cap

- HB-62 Bayonet Lens Hood

- LF-4 Rear Lens Cap

- CL-1015 Semi-Soft Lens Case

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