Nikon 85mm f/3.5G AF-S DX Micro ED (VR-II) Vibration Reduction Telephoto Nikkor Lens - U.S.A. Warranty

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About Nikon 85mm F/3.5G

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Nikon strengthens its DX NIKKOR lens line-up with the addition of the new AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR lens. This compact DX-format telephoto Micro lens is ideal for extreme close-up and portrait photography.

The AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR extends versatility with focusing from infinity to life size (1:1 reproduction ratio). VR II image stabilization enables handheld shooting at up to 4 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible, assuring sharper images. Extra-low Dispersion (ED) element minimizes chromatic aberration, offering superior sharpness and color correction.

With all these features and technologies, the new AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR Lens offers DX-format photographers the ability to experience the myriad of possibilities offered in the world of high performance close-up photography

The Nikon 85mm F/3.5G is commonly used for Landscape/scenery, Macro photography, Portraits, Shooting outdoors, Weddings, Wildlife photos and more.The Nikon 85mm F/3.5G is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast, Semi-pro photographer, Tech savvy among others.The Nikon 85mm F/3.5G is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Nikon 85mm F/3.5G: Compact, Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Easy to use, 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 (15),Consistent output (10),Easily interchangeable (10),Easy to use (9),Strong construction (9),Compact (8),Lightweight (8),Nice bokeh (8),Durable (5),Rugged (5),Improves picture quality (3)
Best Uses:
Macro photography (16),Wildlife photos (7),Landscape/scenery (6),Portraits (5),Shooting outdoors (5),Weddings (4),Shooting indoors (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (13),Semi-pro photographer (4),Tech savvy (4)

Nikon 85mm F/3.5G Features

  • Compact, DX-format Micro NIKKOR Close-up Lens An ideal choice for close-up, nature, portrait and general photography.
  • Close focusing to 0.9 feet Extends versatility with focusing from infinity to life-size (1:1 reproduction ratio).
  • Nikon VR II (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization Vibration Reduction, engineered specifically for each VR NIKKOR lens, enables handheld shooting at up to 4 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible, assuring dramatically sharper images.
  • Extra-low Dispersion (ED) element Offers superior sharpness and color correction by effectively minimizing chromatic aberration, even at wide aperture settings.
  • Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC) Enhances light transmission and offers superior color consistency and reduced flare.
  • Exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM) For fast, accurate and quiet autofocus.
  • Internal Focus (IF) Provides fast and quiet autofocusing without changing the length of the lens, retaining subject working distance throughout the focus range.
  • Rounded 9-blade diaphragm Renders more natural appearance of out-of-focus image elements.
  • M/A focus mode switch Enables quick response to changing situations between manual and autofocus operation.

Nikon 85mm F/3.5G Specifications

10 Groups / 14 Elements
Format Compatibility
Nikon DX
FX in DX Crop Mode
Camera Mount Type
Nikon F
Angle of view
18° 50'
F stop range
Closest Focusing Distance
0.9 ft. (0.286m)
Maximum Magnification
Filter Size
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
3.9 x 2.9"
12.5 oz
Mfr #

Nikon 85mm F/3.5G Reviews

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Most Liked Positive Review


Big surprise in small package

I waited a few weeks before writing this review. One to get familiar with the true macro lens and to work out my kinks. I ordered this Nikon 85mm micro lens after many weeks of researching what I should get. I have used all the various attachments, i.e. magnifiers, extension rings, x times filters and the Raynox M-250 ring. Which is great in a pinch. Not to mention the macro feature of a Tamron 70-300 zoom with macro feature. They all do a really good job and I never thought I would see a big...

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I waited a few weeks before writing this review. One to get familiar with the true macro lens and to work out my kinks. I ordered this Nikon 85mm micro lens after many weeks of researching what I should get. I have used all the various attachments, i.e. magnifiers, extension rings, x times filters and the Raynox M-250 ring. Which is great in a pinch. Not to mention the macro feature of a Tamron 70-300 zoom with macro feature. They all do a really good job and I never thought I would see a big difference in an actual macro lens. As the Pro’s say, there’s nothing like a real macro 1:1 lens. I’m now a believer. I struggled with various brands, sizes, etc. Let’s remember everyone has their own specific needs and price range. I actually wanted everything, distance, VR, internal focus, light weight, quality and because of the price, I was hoping to get more use out of this one lens, I did. I must say I almost made the wrong choice for me, but I’m glad I kept thinking about it. After much review and study, the Nikon (Nikkor) 85mm micro lens was the one. It seemed to fit right in the middle of what I wanted, needed and could afford. The Nikon delivers. I use this on a D7000. I have included a few pics for sampling. I found that very helpful when I was researching the various lenses. Although I not sure what size and quality the samples actual post at. The lens is sharp, fast and very responsive. I realize when shooting macro, a tripod is the way to go, but that is fine when you have a setup shot. A spontaneous moment requires that grab the camera and shoot. That’s one of the best features of the Nikon, the VR. The internal focus (so the lens does not get any longer) is also a Great feature. You can be at a very reasonable distance 9-10 inches at 1:1 for a great shot. The Infinity range of the lens takes good shots also, what a nice short telephoto lens. I’m sure going forward I will have more uses for this lens. I won’t go on about the other brands I checked out, and I sure there are good ones out there, but I am very very satisfied with the 85mm Nikkor. I would recommend it to anyone. If I had a Full frame camera, the 105 would have been my choice, but not this time. By the way, the samples I have included were all taken with the camera hand held. Limitation to file size though. I hope this review helps other to make a good decision, and to find the lens right for you.


Most Liked Negative Review


DX macro lens with average results

Not Nikon Japan's usual quality. A cheap lens [...] Does an OK job with limited scope.

Reviewed by 54 customers


Excellent Micro Lens and Portrait Lens Combination


from San Diego, California

I put my Nikon 85mm DX Macro Lens through its paces this weekend. It performed extremely well as both a macro lens and a portrait lens. Its light weight makes it very portable and the optics are excellent. Below is a photo of a Paper Kite butterfly taken at the annual San Diego Zoo Safari Park "Butterfly Jungle" exhibit. The shutter speed is 1/250 of a second, the aperture is f/16, the ISO is 560, white balance is "Flash," and exposure is "Matrix Metering." Also below is a portrait of my grandson at his first T-Ball game. The shutter speed is 1/200 of a second, the aperture is f/3.5, the ISO is 100, white balance is "Auto," and exposure is "Matrix Metering."


Great lens


from Vancouver, WA, USA

This lens is amazing. I've used it for portraits, nature, animals, etc. Photos are sharp yet has just the right amount of bokeh around the focus point. Occasionally will search for focal point, especially in low light, but it's nothing to really complain about. Overall it's an amazing lens to have.


Great Lens


from Merritt Island  -  Photo Enthusiast

The lens for macro work is outstanding . Very clear and clean close-up photos. For the money, this was a great purchase.


Great Portrait Lens


from Tulsa, OK  -  Photo Enthusiast

Not just for macro work. Great lens for portraits. Auto focus is spot on.


Beautiful macro, beautiful portraits


from Austin, TX  -  Photo Enthusiast

I loved taking pictures of flowers with my point-and-shoot, so I was missing the ability to picture the small things in life after upgrading to dSLR. This is my first true Macro lens and I'm not disappointed. Outdoors in full daylight, I'm shooting flowers, and tiny bugs on the top of flowers, with around 3/4 of shots coming out sharp handheld. It is also a great portrait lens, the focal length produces very flatering images and the f/3.5 is just about right for having most of the face in focus. I photographed an entire party the other day with just this lens and was very happy with the results, a compliment from someone who normally likes her super zooms. My only complaint is the occasional focus-hunting, although I would knock off only 1/2 star for that if I could.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Super sharp details in all photos taken at all distances.


from Undisclosed

I have taken over 400 photos of different subjects at different distances. The details are sharp clean and crisp in all the photos, except those where I failed to hold the camera steady or where I snapped the shutter before the AF functioned. A photo of a pecan laid on a table cloth snapped at a distance of about 12 inches was so sharp that the linen fibers in the threads on the table cloth were visible and all the texture on the pecan was lear. Photos of a rosemary plant at 30 ft showed the texture of the leaves. Color was correct on all subjects. specially nice is a shot of ice covered tree limbs with the sun shining through and a deep blue sky background. I have six other lenses ranging from a 50 mm prime to a 150-500 mm zoom. so far, none of them are superior to the 85mm f3.5.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


A Brand New World!


from Undisclosed

I knew I wanted a macro lens. It would be my first, and as all my other lenses are Nikon made, I wanted to 'keep it in the family'. Like many, I did my research before committing to a purchase. I chose this, the 85mm after careful consideration and many great reviews on various sites. For a maiden voyage, I took it to a combo flower/butterfly show. How did it fair? Incredible, fantastic, marvelous...need I go on? I won't say every shot was perfect. They never are, right? Yet, when I got home and had the chance to really see what I'd shot on my 27" LED monitor, I almost couldn't believe my eyes. Bottom line? I'm thrilled with this lens! I feel like I've opened the door to a brand new world of creative possibilities. Now go get yours! I'll try to get some of those first shots up soon!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Nice macro and portrait lens


from Undisclosed

I was looking for an 85 for portraits on my D7000, with the DX crop that would be close to what a 135 would be on a film camera. I also wanted a macro to shoot food and flowers. After some research I decided on this lens. After four months of use I can say it was a good purchase. This is a nice lens that performs well. It does hunt occasionally, the nature of the beast, and when it does I switch to manual focus and move the camera back and forth to get what i want. For portraiture it gives a nice blurred background (I don't like the term Bokeh).


Wonderful Lens for close up


from Gainesville  -  Photography Student

Great Lens for close up as small animal, flowers, details


Great Little Lens for the Price


from Flagstaff, AZ  -  Semi-pro Photographer

The autofocus on this lens is super smooth. However, I find manual focus will give you a much sharper image when shooting extremely close to the subject. The only thing that isn't so great, is the minimum aperture, which can cause slow auto focus. But, this isn't a deal breaker for me, it just requires a little more patience on my part for certain lighting requirements. This is an awesome lens; I find I can use it in a variety of platforms besides macro.


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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
RICHARD C  macro work
rafael v  this macro works with d5100? and it's compatible with r1c1
JOHN H  I have two Nikon d5000 bodies, the precursor model of the d5100. The Nikon 85mm ... seems fully compatible in all modes with these bodies.
Shopper  Difference between regular DSLR lens and macro lens?
BRENT R  They both can be placed on a DSLR camera. The macro lens allows a true 1:1 picture. Focus range allows you to be much closer to the subject. I purchased this to use in a Dental office setting taking close up shots of teeth. Hope this helps.
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