Vivitar Series 1 85mm f/1.8 Manual Focus Portrait Lens for Nikon

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Vivitar 85mm f/1.8: Picture 1 regular $114.00

About Vivitar 85mm f/1.8

The Vivitar 85mm F1.8 Aspherical Lens opens up new photographic opportunities you'd never get with a zoom. The focal length and aperture make it a great portrait lens. When shooting in bright conditions with fast shutter speeds and low ISOs, you'll create beautiful subject separation, and backgrounds which melt away into soft colors.

The aspherical multi-coated optics ensure bright, razor sharp images. It has a nicely damped and rubber-clad focus ring, allowing for smooth focus pulls and precision focusing. Due to its internal focusing mechanism, the physical size of the lens remains constant. The Vivitar 85mm lens is also a great choice for DSLR videographers. The lens mounted aperture ring works just like a professional video camera.

The lens comes with a removable lens hood, caps, and pouch, along with a five year warranty. Whether you are an amateur photographer, or a professional looking for an affordable portrait lens, the Vivitar 85mm F/1.8 is the perfect choice.

Vivitar 85mm f/1.8 Features

  • Creates outstanding sharp, defined images with high contrast at the maximum f/1.8 aperture
  • Superior peripheral brightness by using hybrid aspherical glass, correcting chromatic aberration
  • Super multi-layered coating reduces flare and ghosting
  • Highly refractive and dispersed optical elements (6 elements, 6 groups)
  • Maintains a compact size with an inner focus design

Vivitar 85mm f/1.8 Specifications

Filter Size
Filter Size55mm (front mount)
Aperture Range
Minumum Focus Distance
1.0m (3.3ft)
Focus Control
Single focal lens
Angle of View
Max. Diameter
6 x 3.5 x 3.5" (152 x 89 x 89mm)
1.2lbs (0.5kg)
Mfr #

Vivitar 85mm f/1.8 Reviews

Reviewed by 2 customers

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Fun to use, nice bokeh


from Rising Sun, MD  -  Photography Student

I use this lens as a general portrait lens, mostly for shooting people but works well on animals, as long as you don't stop it down too far. Stopping down to 1.8 will net you focused eyes and a blurred snout on a dog at least. The best part of this is the price. It's cheap, though in some respects it also feels cheap. It works nicely, however and does take getting accustomed to full manual controls for aperture and focusing. The only thing that would make this lens better is autofocus, but hey, that's part of why this lens is so inexpensive, so the trade off is acceptable. There is also no vibration compensation/image stabilization, which again, keeps the price down. If you're looking for a fun lens, that can do nice bokeh and does nice portraits, this is a good lens to try. I have used this on my 1Dx and an old XSi, both work equally as well and quality is very good overall from both.

(20 of 23 customers found this review helpful)


Aperture Ring Broken and Locked


from Anytown, USA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Wow I have had this lens for about 2 months. I have used it three times. The third time using it the aperture ring spun completely around using minimal pressure to set the aperture at 22. The ring did not click it just kept spinning. I rotate the ring back the other way, nothing happened. Then I rotated the ring back and it locked up entirely and will not change the aperture. It is stuck on 1.8. I don't know if I can get a replacement for it, at least not through adorama because they have a 30 day return policy.


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Scott B  I'm looking for a good lenses to photograph indoor volleyball with and can typically shoot close to the court. I'm looking to use it with a D3300. I know its manual focus, but I'm looking for the low light capability primarily. Is this a good choice?
Ben B  Scott, I doubt it. When you shoot at 1.8 at 85 mm the depth of field is so small that unless you're super fast and accurate with the manual focus, you'll end up with a bunch of blurry shots. Remember at 85mm you'll need to be shooting at a higher shutter speed (I haven't had good results under 120). As far as compatibility, it should work fine. I'm using it on my D3100. None of your on-board light meters will work, so you'll have to set aperture and shutter speed independently. Since the light meter doesn't work, you'll have to take a shot to see if you have the light balance right. This lense is ideally used for portraits. I would hesitate to use it with anything fast paced.
Shopper  Will this work on a Nikon D3100?
home h  If you wish to learn how to take really good photos, get this lens. It is a portrait prime and will be somewhere around 110mm on your camera. You will have to actually walk closer to or further away from your subject to get the photo right. Old time film buffs no the value of prime lenses.
Shopper  will this lens work on my Nikon dslr d5000 camera?
CAROLYN W  Yes. I am using a Nikon d5000 and it works great!
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