Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G

Based on 110 reviews

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  • Great for portraits and getting amazing bokeh
  • Lightweight, great travel lens
  • Bright, should take great pictures
  • Perfect for crop sensor cameras
  • Fast and great in low light


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On a crop sensor like my D500 it's magic
I've been shooting for almost 10 years, I'm a Commercial Photographer shooting on a Nikon D750 and D500. I've had dozens of lenses DX and FX, but this is hands down the sharpest, cleanest lens I've ever used. On a crop sensor like my D500 it's magic. Forget the 35mm f/1.8 or the 50mm f/1.4, spend th...
5 years ago
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An Extraordinary Performer, a Best Value Buy, Plus Several Alternatives and Some Tips
What a find! This is one of Nikon's best lenses and yet it is one of its cheapest--a remarkable bargain. In particular, it is an exceptionally sharp lens. It just might become the sharpest that you own. You have to try out this lens to appreciate just how excellent it is. And as you know, the better...
John McPhee
5 years ago
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Nikon 85mm f/1.8G Review - Photography Life
This is an in-depth review of the Nikon 85mm f/1.8G prime portrait lens that was announced in January of 2012. The Nikon 85mm f/1.8G is a consumer-grade portrait lens for enthusiasts and seasonal pros that need quality optics of a fixed portrait lens at an affordable price point. Its large aperture ...
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G Review
Nikon's series of f/1.8G prime lenses is a boon to photographers who use the company's D-SLR cameras. Each one we've tested has been a solid performer, and affordably priced. The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G is no different. It's quite sharp, even at f/1.8, fairly light, and a great deal at $499.95...
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Amazing portrait lens!
One of my favorite lenses by far. Perfect for portraits and getting amazing bokeh. Lens is fast and great in low light. Definitely a must have for my D750.
6 years ago
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Review of the Nikkor 85m f/1.8G AF-S versus other Nikkor 85mm AF lenses
DESCRIPTION OF THE LENS FOR THE NOVICE OR BEGINNER This lens is light, compact affordable, but produces very impressive results. I highly recommend the use of this lens for portrait, events and for landscape. Despite it being a fixed focal length and not being able to zoom, I highly recommend this l...
10 years ago
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I have a 35mm prime lens....
I love prime lenses for their low light abilities, background blur, and my ability to "see" the shot before I take it because the distance is set. I am just a hobbiest and small business here....but when I did all my exhaustive research on this lens I couldn't quite find answers to this question so ...
7 years ago
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Love this for portrait!
I bought this for quick portraits and great blur and man it's fantastic. The f/1.8 is tact sharp and at great alternative to the much pricier f/1.4 option ($1500). The performance between the 2 lens is marginal. If you're getting paid as a pro photographer then you may get the f/1.4 but for the rest...
9 years ago
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Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G Review
8. The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G is an excellent lens and an excellent value, making it easy to call our Editors' Choice
Jim Fisher
7 months ago
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Great Lens, great value!
Love this lens. I've been planning for one of these foro some time. I rented it for a shoot in New York for a week and bought it because I didn't want to be without it. It's plastic so you won't be hammering nails but it's a great lens to have i your tool kit. I got this primarily for portrait use, ...
Darryl Cobb
5 years ago
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2.9 in


3.1 in


12.34 oz


Telephoto lens