Nikon 85mm f/1.8D AF Telephoto Nikkor Lens with Hood - Nikon U.S.A. Warranty


About Nikon 85mm F/1.8

The Nikon 85mm F/1.8 is commonly used for General purpose, Low light, Night photography, Photojournalism, Portraits, Sports/action, Weddings and more.The Nikon 85mm F/1.8 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Enthusiast, Photo enthusiast, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Nikon 85mm F/1.8 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Nikon 85mm F/1.8: Clear glass, 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:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (118),Lightweight (92),Consistent output (83),Strong construction (63),Easily interchangeable (62),Durable (52),Rugged (31),Clear glass (8),Easy to clean (7),Easily mounted (6),Sharp (5)
Nice bokeh (94),Slow focus (11),Weak casing (7),Heavy (4),Chromatic aberration (3)
Best Uses:
Low light (84),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 (55),Semi-pro photographer (48),Enthusiast (18),Pro photographer (16),Casual photographer (9),Semi-professional (7)

Nikon 85mm F/1.8 Features

  • Compact and portable telephoto lens that is ideal for portraits
  • Rear focusing for fast AF operation
  • Subtle blurring of background for beautifully natural and evocative portraits
  • An excellent choice for your first telephoto lens.

Nikon 85mm F/1.8 Specifications

6 Groups / 6 Elements
Format Compatibility
Nikon FX/35mm Film / Nikon DX
Note: AF not supported by D40, D60, D3000 & D5000 cameras
Camera Mount Type
Nikon F
Angle of view
28° 30'
F stop range
Closest Focusing Distance
3 ft.
Maximum Magnification
Filter Size
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
2.3 x 2.8"
13.2 oz

Nikon 85mm F/1.8 Reviews

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(based on 227 reviews)


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Most Liked Positive Review


Good for potrait

Nikon 85mm is a must for portrait which blurring the background... you do not have to go nearer to the subject like nikon 50mm...


Most Liked Negative Review


Very compact fast telephoto

Works well above f/2.4. Very compact with fast AF. Great price.

Reviewed by 227 customers


Nice Glass


from Everett, WA  -  Photo Enthusiast

Just got it, I like what I see so far.


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.


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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
JOHN G  It's just an excellent low-light and portrait lens that is very small and light and really priced to be affordable. I will likely never sell this lens -- it's one of those.
Shopper  why would i get this lens vs the G series 85mm?
KEVIN J D  I'm really not sure. The G-series is designed for stills and/or HD video, but I love the video the D series gives me. And it's fast enough for low level, so I'm not sure what innovation Nikon has made to the design. I recommend you eyeball stills and video with both lenses at the store and make your determination based on that, and of course price. I see no significant difference.
Shopper  Metal mounting ring? Or plastic?
MAX M  Metal mounting ring
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