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The Nikon 85mm f1.8G AF-S is a compact, fast aperture lens for Nikon DSLRs. Its reduced size and weight make it easy to keep in your bag at all times, yet it still offers fantastic image quality. The f1.8 aperture allows for smooth background blur and subject isolation, perfect for portraiture. It’s compatible with both FX and DX cameras, including those without AF motors in camera (D3100, D5100, etc.). This lens has full-time manual focus for easy adjustment, as well as a dedicated AF/MF switch for a quick-switch to full manual focus. It’s also great for video as well, offering silent autofocus using Nikon’s Silent Wave AF motor. The Nikon 85mm f1.8G AF-S is a great low-cost alternative to the 85mm f1.4G.
Canon shooters talk about the Canon ‘Holy Trinity’ of prime lenses. Nikon does them one better. Nikon has the Holy Trinity of Excellent but Inexpensive prime lenses. The 85 f/1.8 G is the longest of those. Very reasonably priced but still with superb image quality in a small enough lens you can put it in a jacket pocket just in case you need a fast prime.
Superb as a long portrait lens, a short indoor sports lens, fast enough to use at a wedding reception, and really quite excellent as a long street and walk-around lens. This one I recommend without reservations.
- Filter Size
- 67mm (nonrotating front element)
- 12.4 oz
- Minimum Focusing Distance
- 2.62 feet
- Maximum Magnification
- Angle of view: (full frame)
- 28.3 degrees
- Zoom method
- Image Stabilization
- Focusing System
- Internal, Silent Wave motor, A-F switch, FT manual
- Aperture Blades
- 7, curved
- Low Dispersion Elements
- Aspherical Elements
- Weather Resistant
- Flare resistance
- Yes, has Nikon’s Super-Integrated Coating
- Nikon F
- DX, FX
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