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About Nikon 85mm F/1.4

FX-format ultra-fast classic portrait lens with high picture quality, high performance, beautiful Bokeh (background blur) and outstanding reliability

The Nikon 85mm F/1.4 is commonly used for Landscape/scenery, Low light, Night photography, Portraits, Sports/action, Video, Weddings and more.The Nikon 85mm F/1.4 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast, Pro photographer, 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: Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice bokeh, Rugged and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
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)
Cons:
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

  • Ultra-fast classic portrait lens High performance FX-format f/1.4 medium-telephoto lens is perfect for portraits,low-light applications offering beautiful Bokeh (background blur) and outstanding picture quality.
  • 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.
  • Exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM) Enables fast, accurate and quiet autofocus.
  • Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC) Enhances light transmission efficiency and offers superior color consistency and reduced flare
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm Renders a more natural appearance to out-of-focus image elements.

Nikon 85mm F/1.4 Specifications

Mount Type
Nikon F-Bayonet
F stop range
1.4-16
Maximum Angle of View (DX-format)
18°50''
Maximum Angle of View (FX-format)
28°30'
Maximum Reproduction Ratio
0.12x
Construction
9 Groups / 10 Elements
Compatible Format(s)
FX - DX - FX in DX Crop Mode - 35mm Film
Diaphragm Blades
9
Distance Information
Yes
Nano Crystal Coat
Yes
Super Integrated Coating
Yes
Autofocus
Yes
AF-S (Silent Wave Motor)
Yes
Internal Focusing
Yes
Closest Focusing Distance
3 ft. (0.85m)
Filter Size
77mm
Dimensions Diameter x Length)
Approx: 3.4x3.3 in. / 86.2x84mm
Weight
(Approx.)23.3 oz. (660g)
Lens Case
CL-1118
Lens Hood
HB-55

Nikon 85mm F/1.4 Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4.9

(based on 113 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (165)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

State of the art sharpness and color

An 85mm f/1.4 lens is about portraiture, or so it is often said. Nikon describes it as a “classic portrait lens�. But in truth it is not really a “classic� portrait lens other than focal length, because its performance is distinctly better than many classic designs, with outstanding sharpness across the frame even wide open at f/1.4. The color, contrast and sharpness even wide open at f/1.4 at least meet, and perhaps exceed, any existing 85mm f/1.4 lens on the market...

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An 85mm f/1.4 lens is about portraiture, or so it is often said. Nikon describes it as a “classic portrait lens�. But in truth it is not really a “classic� portrait lens other than focal length, because its performance is distinctly better than many classic designs, with outstanding sharpness across the frame even wide open at f/1.4. The color, contrast and sharpness even wide open at f/1.4 at least meet, and perhaps exceed, any existing 85mm f/1.4 lens on the market today, including Zeiss and Canon. A truly impressive performer. Although an 85mm is ostensibly for portraiture, this new Nikon 85mm will make an outstanding landscape and general purpose lens.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

OMG Chromatic Aberration.

I bought this lens just before a working trip to Italy. I was to do a shoot of a model at a vineyard in Tuscany. There were to be shots both inside the bodega, the facilities and in the countryside. I normally use the Nikon 70-200/f2.8 in this kind of situation, but I wanted this lens because I'm not always happy with the performance of the 70-200 (I'm not in love with the bokeh). I also went with the Nikon 24-70/2.8 and the Sigma 35/1.4 (which performed brilliantly). The 85/1.4g performed br...

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I bought this lens just before a working trip to Italy. I was to do a shoot of a model at a vineyard in Tuscany. There were to be shots both inside the bodega, the facilities and in the countryside. I normally use the Nikon 70-200/f2.8 in this kind of situation, but I wanted this lens because I'm not always happy with the performance of the 70-200 (I'm not in love with the bokeh). I also went with the Nikon 24-70/2.8 and the Sigma 35/1.4 (which performed brilliantly). The 85/1.4g performed brilliantly closed down, but the shots I took around f2 outside with high speed sync in open shade were riddled with hideous green and magenta chromatic aberration that took tons of work to remove in post. It was absolutely painful and really ugly. I am including a bit of a slightly blurry outtake so that you can see just how bad it was. It's all in the hair, the glass and it follows the line of her jaw. Ugh. The final photos looked really spectacular, but the work involved to get there was unpleasant. So I guess my review is mixed. If you shoot wide open outside, be prepared to deal with the consequences. I guess that I'm disappointed, but that won't keep me from using the lens.

Reviewed by 113 customers

 
4.0

Nice but not so impressive

By

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.

 
4.0

Good lens

By

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.

 
4.0

5% better than the 1.8g, but not mine

By

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)

 
5.0

Sharpest yet.

By

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.

 
5.0

The Real McCoy!

By

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?

 
5.0

One of the greatest Nikkor portrait lenses ever

By

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! :)

 
5.0

This lens is great for making bokehlicious images!!!

By

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.

 
5.0

Great size and supper sharp !

By

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!

 
5.0

Beautiful Lens

By

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.

 
5.0

Wish I would have bought sooner

By

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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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
MURALI R  Ideal portrait lens.
Shopper  Would the 85/1.4 g be good for indoor action shots e.g. arena football ?
JEROME L L  Well it's certainly fast and very sharp, and on a DX camera it would be the 35mm equivalent to about a 127mm short telephoto, so it will give you modest reach, but you would have more framing flexibility with a good zoom in the 70 to 300 range, and even if it is an f/4.0 (the next in quality typically after a 2.8), under the lights of the arena and a camera with decent (low) noise at 1600- 2400 ISO and a monopod you might get better shot variety and selection.
Shopper  How well did it work? Were you happy with it?
NEAL F  I've been using the new 85mm 1.4 for over a year and I actually prefer the older version. I often work in low light situations and the older version of this lens seemed to focus quicker in low light. Otherwise, it's a wonderful lens. I love the look I can create with the narrow depth of field and the lens is ridiculously sharp, even at 1.4
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