ProOptic 85mm f/1.4 Telephoto Manual Focus Lens for Nikon Mount SLR Cameras with Focus Confirm Chip

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• The Pro Optic 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Nikon with Focus Confirm Chip gives you a medium telephoto field of view that's ideal for portraits. It includes a special chip that allows the lens to work with the camera's focus confirm, auto exposure, auto metering and auto white balance functions.

• With hybrid aspherical lenses and multi-layer coating, you will produce sharply defined images with a minimum of flare and ghosting.

• The 85mm lens focuses as close as 3.3' from the lens, and includes a lens hood. This lens is designed for use with full-frame film and digital cameras, and may also be used with cameras with APS-C sized sensors.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Nice bokeh (7),Consistent output (4),Durable (4),Strong construction (4),Easily interchangeable (3),Rugged (3)
Best Uses:
Low light (6),Night photography (5),Video (3)
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ProOptic 85mm f/1.4 Reviews

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wonderful for the price

I wanted it specifically for portraits and low light photography in exteriors. Can't be beat for the price

Reviewed by 8 customers

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


wonderful for the price


from Laredo,Tx  -  Photography Student

I wanted it specifically for portraits and low light photography in exteriors. Can't be beat for the price

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


A Manual Lens Worth Considering


from Columbus, OH  -  Photo Enthusiast

This lens is hard to beat for the price. Very wide and excellent optics are obtained by not spending any production dollars or volume in the lens body on Image Stabilization or Auto-Focus. It's a purely manual lens, however, semi-automatic function is still available. It will not read its aperture in the camera as there is no electrical connection between the camera and the lens. Manual function users will simply set the aperture via the ring on the lens rather than the aperture wheel on their camera, and the speed as they normally do, consulting their light meter, histograms or experience. For semi-automatic operation, set the camera to Aperture Priority, choose the desired aperture on the lens aperture ring and the camera will set the shutter speed automatically. Of course, you focus it yourself just like photographers have been doing for the majority of years in which cameras have been available. Your camera focus 'beeper' might give you assistance in some lighting situations. All in all, with f/1.4 capability, there is nothing close to its price/performance ratio. Are there any negatives? Perhaps a bit more flair then lenses that are many times its cost when at an acute angle to the sun.... Then again, facing directly into the sun is not a generally recommended photographic technique....


Where's the biult in Chip for Peaking???


from India  -  Semi-pro Photographer

The lens is fine when using high contrast photos. However the chip for peaking indicator is missing and not present. Its a totally manual Focus lens which does have focus problems in formal portraits.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great Lens for the Money


from Baton Rouge, LA  -  Photography Student

Great lens for the money, if you like Zeiss, manual focus high quality but don't want to pay a lot, then get this lens. For $230 more I could've got the Nikon 1.8G which has better iq imo, AF, body controlled aperture, durable plastic and not be a third party lens. However I am completely satisfied as 85 is not my main lens but do enjoy having a quality prime. BTW this lens is metal, stout, well built and will probably last several lifetimes. Sharpness at 1.4 is stunning if focused correctly I use the >0< indicators on the D600 works almost as fast with practice, plus you get that extra "link" to your camera.


Take far better portraits!


from Japan  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This is a manual lens. Manual aperture, manual focus. Operated by you the photographer. This is why a large piece of glass with this large of an aperture is this cheap. The camera will do almost nothing (outside of a focus conformation light sometimes) for your shot. Its up to you, hence the word "Manual". On a tripod, shooting a portrait or filming a vid this lens is a blast to use. I found it far easier to find focus with live view at first but with practice and some fiddling with the Dioptic dial on the camera the view finder is just fine now. I bought this one to replace the Canon FD lens I have that needs an adapter to EOS. Sports? Kids on the run? Not the lens you need. Portraits? Cool movie effects pulling focus and fade outs? Perfect for the money. When I hit the big time I will buy the Canon L 1.2, but for now... this lens does a great job. The only reason not a five star rating for me is that the Canon focus conformation light inside the camera through the lens is hit and miss. I just use the live view on the 7D or shoot connected to my Mac mostly.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Great lens at a resonable price


from Racine WI  -  Photo Enthusiast

Saw it advertised in a photo magazine and found it here. Delivered totally as advertised on time. Sharp focus and good Bokeh.

(0 of 43 customers found this review helpful)


I don't recommend


from Seattle, WA  -  Photo Enthusiast

Unless I got a lemon, besides the focus being manual, everything else is below manual. I cannot adjust the aperture through any dial on my Canon 40D. The only way to adjust the aperture is on the lens itself. I called customer service and said I understood that the lens is manual focus, but that I can't change or even view the aperture setting from my camera. He said that he is aware that the lens does not have aperture priority. This is very misleading in the information provided on the website about the lens. The lens does not have shutter priority either. I can change the shutter speed through my camera, but it does not alter the aperture setting. Again, the only way I can see the aperture setting or change it is to take the camera from my eye and read the setting on the lens. I hope for everyone else's sake, I got a lemon...but I'm not sure.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


Beautiful Lens


from brooklyn  -  Pro Photographer

I use this lens on my 5D and 7D all the time strictly for video, i love it the lens has a nice "drag" when finding focus, it feels like a much higer priced lens. I have compared this to many other lens including Nikons, Zeiss, and the optical quality is nil. This lens is prone to lens flare but generally I like that anyways. I'd give this lens 5 stars for the price and quality at that price is above 5 stars, but not having autofocus for when I do photography is a 1 star reduction.


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Mary M  Will this lens work on my D3100?
STEVE W  I'm afraid I do not know.
steve f  what is a focus confirm chip? does it beep when the subject is in focus or some other indication?
FRANK M  On my Nikon D5100, the 'focus achieved' light within the viewfinder lights up. And here's a detailed hint: Given the extremely narrow depth-of-field when at fully open 1.4 aperture, the focus indication is coarse and may not represent the absolute best focus achievable. For the particular lens I have, I find that optimum focus happens as the focus indicator light first comes on when I approach focus from the short-to-long focal length direction. As I continue adjusting focus in that direction, the focus light will stay on for a range that goes a little beyond the optimum focus. You may need to characterize this behavior on your cam/lens.
ANN B  I want to use this lens on my Panasonic GH2 for video making. I already have a Nikon adaptor for it, so I presume this lens will fit that. Is it worth having the version with the Focus Confirm Chip, though? I assume that won't work with the Nikon adaptor, only with a Nikon camera.
Leonard L  I can't answer that as I'm not familiar with the mechanisms of usimg it with an adapter. I do love the lens, though. The only thought I have is buy the version with the chip as it will make it easier to sell if you ever decide to do so-the cost difference is minor. Have fun!
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