Last updated (12 November’10):
- Review by Lenstip
The Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S NIKKOR features 85mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/1.4. The lens construction has 10 elements in 9 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 28°30′. Closest focusing distance at 3.0 ft. (0.85m) and has a filter size of 77mm. The Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S NIKKOR lens weighs 23.3 oz. (660g) and it measures 3.4 inches in diameter and 3.3 inches long.
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Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S NIKKOR Reviews
Lenstip reviews the Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S NIKKOR and writes;
“The new Nikkor was equipped with an SWM ultrasonic autofocus motor and because of that the mechanism is silent and efficient. Running through the scale takes the lens about 0.8-0.9 of a second and this value remains the same no matter whether we go from infinity to minimum focus or the other way round. In the case of small sensors the vignetting of classic 85 mm devices is not a serious issue.”
Kenrockwell reviews the Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S NIKKOR and writes;
“Bokeh, the character of out of focus backgrounds, not simply how far out of focus they are, is excellent! Nikon is getting too good. This 85/1.4 lens, used properly, is sharp at every aperture at every position in the field. If you need critical sharpness at the largest apertures, it’s better than earlier 85mm f/1.4 lenses. The Nikon 85mm f/1.4 G has an invisible bit of barrel distortion. I doubt anyone, including myself, will see it without access to a brick wall and a straight edge on playback.”
Ephotozine reviews the Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S NIKKOR and writes;
“Even wide open, the images produced by this optic are more than fit for purpose. In the centre the resolution is still good, and the falloff to out of focus is very smooth and soft, leading to very flattering images. Also, on the plus side, the lens is able to focus accurately enough to make the bright maximum aperture useful, even if a little care has to be taken from time to time.”
Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S NIKKOR User Reviews
Improves on one of the great all time lenses, | Rating:
“To be clear, by my eye, there’s not a huge difference in image quality, as the older lens was already excellent on all counts. The updated version is maybe slightly sharper in the corners on an FX body, colors seem perhaps a bit more vivid, and it seems a bit less prone to flare when you point it directly at a bright light source. It focuses a few inches closer than its predecessor and weighs maybe an ounce or two more. Still, it’s not like one is “bad” and the other “good” – just slightly different, and not at all a dramatic difference for most users.” – by Busy Executive
Faster Focus – Better Lens, | Rating:
“If you already own the 85mm f/1.4 should you go out and sell it? Probably not, unless you are a mainly prime shooter. On the other hand, if you are looking for an upgrade to the 85mm 1.8 and use it heavily this may be a great buy. I mainly stick with the 35mm, 85mm & 135 lens in Nikon. I find that primes actually help my creativity. This lens will be my new workhorse.” – by Michael Allebach
New favorite lens, | Rating:
“There are 3 main reason I bought this lens. One is to have a prime lens used for both portraits and close ups, a low light lens, and of course that thing called bokeh (The soft/blurring areas outside of the depth of field). I personally want a lens that can create this bokeh. Some other thoughts about this lens is that it is not nearly as heavy as I thought it would be and the pictures I’ve taken so far are a lot brighter than I would have thought. One day is not enough time to properly evaluate this lens (yes I’ll update), but after a few dozen shots, I love this lens.” – by R. Adams
The “float away in a dream” kind of lens, | Rating:
“This lens is MUCH MUCH sharper then the Nikkor 50mm 1.4 wide open!! and renders Bokeh (the dreamy looking areas of the image) with such poetry that it makes my brain dance every time I look at the images produced by this product @ 1.4, The 3 Feet min focusing distance is a much welcomed feature compared to the relatively far 5 feet min focusing of the 70-200 zoom. It allows you to get closer to the subject and offer a more communicative shooting experience. “ – by Minyan Zhu
Stellar image quality with beautiful bokeh, | Rating:
“I’m sure most reviews will highlight the IQ and bokeh (and justly so) therefore, I thought I’d speak to another area where this lens just blows me away: auto focus accuracy and consistency. I can’t believe how good this lens is when it comes to that. This thing is DEAD ON. It’s absolutely amazing! Even when shooting in very low light it locks in and consistently is razor sharp and in focus…” – by TravelTune
Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S NIKKOR Sample Photos
Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S NIKKOR User Manual
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Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S NIKKOR Specifications
This updated classic mid-range telephoto lens delivers incredibly sharp images and its fast f/1.4 aperture ensures a bright viewfinder image as well as beautiful background blur. Well suited for portraits, general purpose and low light work.
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f1.4G Lens Highlights
Ultra-fast classic portrait lens
High performance f/1.4 mid-range telephoto lens offers a bright viewfinder image along with beautiful background blur (bokeh).
Nano Crystal Coat
Use of Nano Crystal Coat further reduces ghosting and interior flare across a wide range of wavelengths for even greater image clarity.
* Optimized for edge to edge sharpness on both FX and DX-format D-SLRs
* DX-format D-SLR the angle of view is equivalent to a focal length of 127.5mm in FX/35mm format.
* M/A Focus Mode Switch enables quick changes between manual and autofocus operation.
* Internal Focus (IF) provides fast and quiet autofocus without changing the length of the lens, retaining working distance throughout the focus range.
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