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About Nikon 85mm F/1.8

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G
Nikon Fast, medium telephoto FX-format portrait lens offers crisp and natural image reproduction for stills and HD video

Designed for use on Nikon's FX-format D-SLR cameras, this updated medium telephoto f/1.8 lens is designed for shooting stills or HD video. The AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8 features Nikon's Internal Focus (IF) system providing fast and quiet AF. Its fast aperture is ideal for taking stills or D-Movie HD video in low light or for portraiture where it excels in rendering softly focused backgrounds. When mounted on a DX-format D-SLR, the AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8 has an effective field of view of 127mm.

Flattering portraits in any lightGet astonishing low light results
This medium telephoto portrait lens is great for use in the studio, on set or for shooting in available light; producing stills or HD video of people with attractive skin tones and beautiful background blur. With its fast f/1.8 aperture, the AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G will capture even low-light situations with stunning brilliance.

The beauty is in the detailsDesigned for digital with superior performance
Nikon's Super Integrated Coating (SIC) enhances light transmission efficiency and offers superior color consistency and reduced flare. Nikon's Silent Wave Motor (SWM) assures fast, accurate and quiet autofocus as well as full compatibility including autofocus with Nikon's complete line up of FX- and DX-format cameras.

Beautiful background blurAchieve more natural depth of field
When you need to isolate the subject from the background, as when shooting portraits indoors or outdoors stills or HD video, the AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G renders a beautiful, natural background blur (Bokeh) at its wider aperture settings.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (117),Lightweight (92),Consistent output (83),Easily interchangeable (62),Strong construction (62),Durable (52),Rugged (31),Clear glass (8),Easy to clean (7),Easily mounted (6),Sharp (5)
Nice bokeh (93),Slow focus (11),Weak casing (7),Heavy (4),Chromatic aberration (3)
Best Uses:
Low light (83),Weddings (78),Night photography (44),Portraits (40),Sports/action (34),Landscape/scenery (30),Wildlife photos (15),General purpose (13),Photojournalism (8),Macro photography (5),Travel (5),Video (5) Documentary (4),Fun (4),Portrait (4),Professional work (3) View All
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (54),Semi-pro photographer (48),Enthusiast (18),Pro photographer (16),Casual photographer (9),Semi-professional (7)

Nikon 85mm F/1.8 Features

  • Exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM): Enables fast, accurate and quiet autofocus
  • Fast f/1.8, compact FX-format prime (fixed focal length) medium telephoto lens: Optimized for FX-format D-SLR cameras but equally at home on any Nikon DX-format D-SLR, featuring SilentWave Motor technology (SWM) and Internal Focusing (IF)
  • Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC): To enhance the performance of its optical lens elements, Nikon employs an exclusive multilayer lens coating that helps reduce ghost and flare to a negligible level. Nikon SIC achieves a number of objectives, including minimized reflection in the wider wavelength range and superior color balance and reproduction
  • Internal Focus (IF): Imagine being able to focus a lens without it changing in size. Nikon's IF technology enables just that. All internal optical movement is limited to the interior of the nonextending lens barrel. This allows for a more compact, lightweight construction as well as a closer focusing distance.
  • M/A Focus Mode Switch: AF-S NIKKOR lenses feature Nikon's exclusive M/A mode, that allows switching from autofocus to manual operation with virtually no time lag even during AF servo operation and regardless of AF mode in use.

Nikon 85mm F/1.8 Specifications

9 elements in 9 groups
Angle of view
DX-Format 18°50'
(FX-format) 28°30'
F stop range
Compatible Format(s)
FX - DX - FX in DX Crop Mode - 35mm Film
Distance Information
Super Integrated Coating
AF-S (Silent Wave Motor)
Internal Focusing
Focus Mode
Auto and Manual
G-type Yes
Closest Focusing Distance
2.62 ft.
Maximum Magnification
Filter Size
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
(Approx.) 3.1x2.9 in. (Diameter x Length)
80x73mm (Diameter x Length)
(Approx.) 12.4 oz. (350g)

Nikon 85mm F/1.8 Reviews

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Reviewed by 226 customers


Super sharp lens


from Jupiter, Florida  -  Semi-pro Photographer



D700 and this lens is the perfect combo


from El Paso, TX  -  Pro Photographer

Headshots, bokeh, colors, crispness, this lens has it all.


Fantastic lens, fantastic price


from Boyd TX  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I purchased this lens mainly for indoor sports, but I used it to take some Senior photos of my nephew. Wow! It was great! Great condition for being a used item.


Fantastic lens, fantastic price


from Boyd TX  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I purchased this lens for indoor sports use, but I used it to shoot my nephew's senior pics. Wow, it did great! Very good condition for a used item!


good in low light


from Charlotte, North Carolina  -  Photo Enthusiast

I used this lens to photograph my grandaughter's junior high basketball games. It worked well in a typical, dimly lit, junior high gym.


Awesome Lens


from NC  -  Casual Photographer

An everything lens that is the sharpest!


Really worth waiting for!


from Montreal, Quebec, Canada  -  Photo Enthusiast

I waited three months for this lens because of a special price issued by Adorama in June 2014. At one point, it was unsure if the offer would be delivered by the manufacturer but it finally came through. I saved $160 on this lens thanks to Adorama. Is it in good condition? The best. I used it immediately to take portraits and landscape shots and it certainly requires good technique but delivers top notch results as expected from all reviews of this lens. I had waited 3 years for this lens and waiting an additional 3 months for this deal was a cakewalk. Thank you Adorama!

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Love it!


from NC  -  Casual Photographer

This lens is so sharp and reasonably priced!


Great lens and very versatile


from chicago, IL

Just upgraded to an FX body and so still experimenting, but have found a terrific use for this lens on my old DX body. It works great as a semi-telephoto lens, which I use to snap awesome action pics of kids' hockey games! The arenas are often dimly lit compared to NHL games, but this lens lets me take bright, crisp pics at 1/500 of a second from behind the glass. At larger apertures, the skaters appear so crisp and colorful, and really pop against the soft backgrounds. Lens not long enough to shoot from stands or bench; guess I am going to have to bite the bullet and get the 70-200 mm f2.8 and pop that on my D610.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


If only every lens were this good….


from Long Island, NY

I had heard great things about this gem, yet it has surpassed my expectations. At less than $500 it is fantastic value. I took some comparison shots with my 80-200mm F2.8D and I could see the difference on the camera monitor without any magnification - the shots taken on the 85 1.8 just popped at f2.8. Comparing later on Photoshop the difference was profound - sharpness, contrast, colour rendition and chromatic aberration were just night and day better. One would obviously expect the latest fixed focal length lens to trump an older zoom, but I was blown away by how great the difference was and the fact that I could even see it as soon as I glanced at my camera LCD. I was also pleasantly surprised at the heft, given the reviews which made it sound so delicate. It feels solidly made given the materials and is a lot nicer to hand-hold for longer periods than my beloved 80-200 tank. The focus ring, whilst not as good as that on the zoom, also has much better dampening than I was expecting. Great product, great price. More like this please Nikon!


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