Nikon 85mm f/1.4D IF AF Telephoto Nikkor Lens with Hood - U.S.A. Warranty


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About Nikon 85mm F/1.4

The Nikon 85mm F/1.4 is commonly used for General purpose, Low light, Night photography, Photojournalism, Portrait, Portraits, Sports/action, Weddings and more.The Nikon 85mm F/1.4 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Enthusiast, Photo enthusiast, Semi-professional, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Nikon 85mm F/1.4 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Nikon 85mm F/1.4: Clear glass, Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Easily mounted, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice bokeh, Rugged, Simple controls and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Strong construction (85),Fast / accurate auto-focus (84),Durable (68),Nice bokeh (64),Consistent output (62),Rugged (57),Easily interchangeable (39),Lightweight (20),Clear glass (4),Easily mounted (4),Simple controls (4)
Heavy (20),Slow focus (10),Blurry focus (3)
Best Uses:
Low light (57),Weddings (56),Night photography (46),Portraits (28),Sports/action (23),Landscape/scenery (16),General purpose (15),Wildlife photos (10),Portrait (7),Video (6),Travel (5),Landscape photography (4) Professional work (4),Photojournalism (4),Special effects (3),Fun (3) View All
Reviewer Profile:
Semi-pro photographer (29),Photo enthusiast (24),Pro photographer (17),Enthusiast (15),Semi-professional (13),Professional (8)

Nikon 85mm F/1.4 Features

  • High performance fast maximum aperture Nikkor telephoto lens
  • Internal focusing for fast AF operation
  • Rounded diaphragm makes out of focus elements appear more natural
  • Fast f/1.4 aperture is helpful in shooting indoor sports or stage productions

Nikon 85mm F/1.4 Specifications

8 Groups / 9 Elements
Camera Mount Type
Nikon F
Format Compatibility
Nikon FX/35mm Film / Nikon DX
Note: AF not supported by D40 and D60 cameras
Angle of view
28° 30'
F stop range
Closest Focusing Distance
3 ft.
Maximum Magnification
Filter Size
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
2.9 x 3.1"
19.8 oz

Nikon 85mm F/1.4 Reviews

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(based on 113 reviews)


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Most Liked Positive Review


The quality is worth the money!

The first Nikon 85mm f/1.4D I received was fuzzy from f/1.4 through f/2.8. Since this is exactly where I intended to use the lens--wide open with minimal or no flash--it was returned in ten days. I also called Nikon. Ed, Nikon's representative, said to return it because no Nikon lens should be this way; something is wrong with the lens. It is Nikon's problem to repair the lens. If yours is not sharp from 1.4 up, send it back! [...] will stand behind it; (and I'm sure Nikon will, too.) ...

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The first Nikon 85mm f/1.4D I received was fuzzy from f/1.4 through f/2.8. Since this is exactly where I intended to use the lens--wide open with minimal or no flash--it was returned in ten days. I also called Nikon. Ed, Nikon's representative, said to return it because no Nikon lens should be this way; something is wrong with the lens. It is Nikon's problem to repair the lens. If yours is not sharp from 1.4 up, send it back! [...] will stand behind it; (and I'm sure Nikon will, too.) The second f/1.4D lens [...] sent me is right on: Very sharp at 1.4 and up; Fast (if I forget to turn the flash on, the shots without flash turn out terrific also); Focus is fast enough for middle school boys and girls basketball games (its main use); Exposure is right on. I use ISO 200 film in a F100 body at 1/200 or 1/250 second on manual with lens wide open and fill flash. It handles well and is well balanced. My other basketball lens is a Nikon 135mm f/2.0D. It also is fast, accurate focus, accurate exposure, and very sharp from 2.0 up. I can shoot from the stands and the end of the court with the 135mm and at the end of the court with the 85mm. It is a tossup which I like better; both are needed; both are superb! (I've had the 135 for 2.5 years; the second 85 for 3 weeks.) I also did a head to head comparison of the 85mm f/1.4 and the 85mm f/1.8 in the same gym with the same people on the same day with two different games. I had 5 out of 30 throw aways with the 1.8 and only one throw away out of 30 with the 1.4. The focus ring on the f/1.8 rotates with the autofocus; this is a real negative feature as the shots change rapidly from vertical to horizontal and back to vertical. I also did extensive resolution tests with these and my other lenses. I was looking for a lens of the same quality as my 135. It has been found. [...]


Most Liked Negative Review


Performance doesn't match hype

I bought the lens because it's fast. Turns out mine is very soft when wide open and the autofocus is easily mislead by the thin DOF. It takes a lot of practice to get consistantly usable portraits even when focusing manually.

Reviewed by 113 customers


Nice but not so impressive


from San Jose, CA

Ordered one and tested on full frame. It is such a highly rated lens in Nikon lens, so I expected more. Here are the main issues from the copy I got: 1. Front focus at f1.4, gone at f2. I know the depth of field difference. It is disappointing, maybe I got a bad copy. 2. Still see significant amount of CA, no better than my old 105mm DC. 3. Focus speed and build quality are just ok. 4. The copy I got has no "US" prefix, although it came with US warranties. Nikon is selling lens made for non-US market. Disappointing.


Good lens


from Texas  -  Professional

I like this lens for portraits. It creates a perfect compression of the background and lovely bokeh. The only reason i rated it 4 stars is because sometimes when shooting with apertures like 1.4 and 1.8 is really hard to get a good focus area.


5% better than the 1.8g, but not mine


from San Mateo  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

I already have the 1.8g version, however having tried the 1.4g, I must say I prefer the 1.8g. The 1.8g is sharper at comparable apertures, and by f2.8, I can't see any discernible differences, and neither can my wife. We're both computer graphics professionals by the way. What I do see with the 1.4g, is a metric ton of chromatic aberrations. The bokeh is nicer on the 1.4, but that's to be expected given that it's a f1.4 lens. Also, the colors are slightly warmer. Is it worth the 3 times premium over the 1.8? Nope, unless you're super rich, and must have the best. Build quality is awesome I must say. I returned mine.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Sharpest yet.


from Edwin B Forsythe refuge, cedar run new jersey

This Nikon 85mm AF-S f/1.4 G is one of, if not, the sharpest 85mm lens I own made for/by Nikon. My experience is limited with this lens. The frames shot prove it's worth. Focus razor sharp, Fast low light ability. Although the construction was designed to lighten and cheapen the product careful handling makes it a non-issue. I would not want to drop this lens. Doesn't work with my F type bodies. Over all worth every penny I spent for it. Research and compare, if you're a Nikon user you may love this lens as I do.


The Real McCoy!


from Sidney, Ohio  -  Semi-Professional

I use this for portraits, HS basketball, and landscaping. I can't tell you the number of reviews I've read about a particular lens, and how it stays on someones camera forever, etc... But this lens is just so much fun! Using this lens on my D800e does in fact put my other lenses to shame with clarity and bokeh. I can easily read the lettering on a basketball shooting in the gym at ISO 640 1/250 at 1.4 even at half court. The kids love these pictures. I hesitated like many others, but had an opportunity for a portrait shoot and knew I had to have it. Wish I'd gotten it earlier, sound familiar? Wondering if there is a low light condition that can't be shot?


One of the greatest Nikkor portrait lenses ever


from Romania

This is one of the best portrait lenses out there. I fell in love with the 85mm f1.4D since the first shot I've taken with it. I started using it on a D300 and I currently use it on my D3. This lens is a gem: superb build quality (too bad lenses aren't build this way anymore), tack sharp wide open, amazing colors (although on the neutral side, not the warm side), exquisite defocus all this at a very good price. Mine focuses fast and precise, especially on my D3. I love the metal sun shade (which is terrific when you use CPL filters because you can rotate them smoother and have better control), the aperture ring is very useful if you can't control the diaphragm when in video mode (on D7x00, D6x0 bodies). I love using the aperture ring on my F100. Because it does rely on the AF motor inside your Nikon body, to achieve fast and precise focus you need a serious body. I recommend D3/D4 for perfect tack sharp photos @ f1.4. I noticed that on D810 it's tack sharp in the center @ f1.4 only if you shoot in live view mode. This is because any other AF system beside the ones in the D3/D4 aren't so micro-precise. Also the shutter-lag in the D3/D4 bodies is almost 0 and this aids a lot when shooting wide open. When shot on D8x0 and D6x0 the image is definitely sharp in the center @ f1.4 but you can't imagine how sharp it can be unless you start using a proper focusing and shooting technique - I guess this is why some folks don't get sharp images no matter what they do. I only shoot at f1.4 - it's that good! :)


This lens is great for making bokehlicious images!!!


from San Francisco, CA, USA

I've had the 85mm f/1.4G now for over a year and have been very satisfied with this lens. It was the second prime lens I purchased for my camera as I upgraded the gear in my bag and transitioned to prime lenses. My decision on the purchase was based on my wanting the focal length and desire for a fast lens. It was extremely useful photographing indoor sports using only available light. The focus is so sweet leaving the background bokehlicious at f/1.4. Stop down a bit to give a hint of the background or all the way to provide a sense of place without drawing attention away from the subject. The autofocus works fast enough as i photograph players on the court and most importantly for me - my dog having fun at the park or wherever we travel to. The 85mm f/1.4G is definitely worth purchasing for creating tasty images with delicious bokeh and crazy sharpness. The weight of all that glass is noticeable with it's impressive real estate of 77mm ring size. I appreciate the balance of glass, metal, and plastic that it doesn't feel burdensome to handle. I've used this lens a lot and it doesn't spend time collecting dust so I find it to be a great purchase for me.


Great size and supper sharp !


from Colorado, USA

I just received this lens yesterday after a six week wait due to a back order issue, however after using it for just one day it was well worth the wait. This lens so far is the best lens of this focal length that I have ever used. Great Lens!


Beautiful Lens


from Los Angeles CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

What a beautiful lens. All metal construction with superb build quality. Produces crystal clear potraits in low light with wonderful bokeh. Highly recommended.


Wish I would have bought sooner


from Hampton, VA  -  Photo Enthusiast

I've used this lens for portraits and for flower photography and it excels at both!


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