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Description By Nikon:

Fast medium telephoto lens for use with FX- and DX-format SLRs. Ideal for portraiture, it offers a stellar combination of classic focal length and aperture speed. The 85 mm focal length allows for tight head and shoulder shots with extreme detail. The fast f/1.8 aperture perfectly balances sharpness and bokeh.

The Nikon Nikkor AF-S 85mm f/1.8G scores very high at DXO Mark: If you can live its one downside, the Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.8G is a cracking piece of glass for portraits and low-light photography.

"With an Overall DxO Mark Lens Metric Score of 35 the Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.8G is the best 85mm lens in the DxOMark database and well exceeds the average DxO Mark Overall Score of 28 for this type of lens. Costing $500, a whooping $1149 cheaper than the Nikon f/1.4 version at $1649, it also represents excellent value for money if you can live without the f/1.4 maximum aperture. In terms of sharpness the Nikon AF-S 85 mm f/1.8G finishes 3rd on the podium out of all 14 85mm primes lenses we’ve tested and again surpasses the average score for this category of 15 P-Mpix. Its best characteristic is homogenous sharpness with no edge softness even with the aperture wide open at f/1.8. It . . . read more

Nikon 85mm f/1.8G AF-S Nikkor review at SLR Gear

"The lens is well-built, with durable plastic components and a metal lens mount. A rubber gasket shrouds the lens mount, protecting the lens from dust and moisture. The lens barrel is composed of a black semi-roughed finish, and the rubber focus ring shows a ridged pattern that is easy to grip. The lens features seven rounded diaphragm blades to make up the aperture, said to produce pleasing out-of-focus results. . . . read more

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G Review at Photography Blog

"Optically, the AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G is excellent, which given its reasonable price tag is a very nice surprise. Sharpness is excellent in the centre from f2.8 to f/11, with f5.6-f/11 producing the sharpest results at the edges of the frame. Bokeh is very good, vignetting is essentially a non-issue, and chromatic aberrations aren't too bad, either. . . . read more

Nikon releases an upgrade to its fast 85mm f/1.8 lens

press release:

January 6, 2012

A fast, medium-telephoto ​fixed focal length lens with a focal length of 85 mm and a maximum aperture of f/1.8 compatible with the Nikon FX-format

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