Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR

Nikon D4

This updated classic mid-range telephoto lens delivers incredibly sharp images and its fast f/1.4 aperture ensures a bright viewfinder image as well as beautiful background blur. Well suited for portraits, general purpose and low light work.Use of Nano Crystal Coat further reduces ghosting and interior flare across a wide range of wavelengths for even greater image clarity.

Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR

Features Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR

  • Ultra-fast f1.4 classic portrait lens
  • Nano Crystal Coat
  • Optimized for edge to edge sharpness on both FX and
  • M/A Focus Mode Switch enables quick changes between manual and autofocus operation
  • Internal Focus (IF) provides fast and quiet autofocus
  • Optimized for edge to edge sharpness on both FX
Overall Rating: Rating=4.5
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Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR

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  1. Michael Allebach "Tattooed Bride Photographer... says:
    68 of 71 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Faster Focus – Better Lens, September 8, 2010
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    This review is from: Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR (Electronics)

    The new lens is faster to focus and more accurate than either the 85mm 1.4D or 85mm 1.8 D. I have used both and shot over 50,000 photos with the 85mm 1.8 D as it was my bread and butter for several years. Is this a better lens than it’s predecessor? YES!

    If you already own the 85mm f/1.4 should you go out and sell it? Probably not, unless you are a mainly prime shooter. On the other hand, if you are looking for an upgrade to the 85mm 1.8 and use it heavily this may be a great buy. I mainly stick with the 35mm, 85mm & 135 lens in Nikon. I find that primes actually help my creativity. This lens will be my new workhorse.

    Update: May 4, 2011

    As a wedding and portrait photographer this has become my main lens. If I had to guess, I would say during engagement photography I use this lens 80% of the time and during a wedding around 40%+ of the time. I use this on my D700 and switch between this, the 35mm 2.0 and 135mm 2.0 and sometimes the 70-200mm. Using the 85mm all day instead of the 70-200mm all day is a back saver.

    After shooting over 30,000 images through this lens all I can say is….Amaaaazing.

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  2. Busy Executive says:
    78 of 86 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Improves on one of the great all time lenses, September 1, 2010
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    This review is from: Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR (Electronics)

    I own the prior version of this lens (the non-AFS 85mm 1.4), and it’s one of my all time favorites. There’s something almost magic about it for me – I almost can’t take a bad picture with it.

    So when Nikon released the updated version, I was a little hesitant to upgrade – at least until I went to audition the new lens in one of the big NYC camera shops. After using the new lens firsthand, I just couldn’t resist. Now, I own the new one, and the older one is on eBay.

    To be clear, by my eye, there’s not a huge difference in image quality, as the older lens was already excellent on all counts. The updated version is maybe slightly sharper in the corners on an FX body, colors seem perhaps a bit more vivid, and it seems a bit less prone to flare when you point it directly at a bright light source. It focuses a few inches closer than its predecessor and weighs maybe an ounce or two more. Still, it’s not like one is “bad” and the other “good” – just slightly different, and not at all a dramatic difference for most users.

    To me, where the compelling value comes from is the new AFS focusing setup, making autofocus nearly instant and incredibly accurate. Thanks to the wide f/1.4 aperture, you always get a bright image, and on both my D3 and D300, focus is blindingly fast and dead-on accurate. This was my only real gripe with the previous lens, and I found myself often either missing shots because of the slow autofocus, or I’d spend a lot of energy manually focusing instead of composing the exact shot I wanted. Now, with the new 85mm f/1.4G, I get fantastic image quality, plus much better and faster handling – and to me, that makes it worthwhile.

    Still, the older lens is no slouch, and I suppose if I had neither one and was on a tight budget, I’d certainly have no trouble going with the older lens. There seems to be maybe a $500 premium to get the AFS version, although that might narrow as more lenses get into the market and we see some better discounting.

    Of course, if you’re questioning whether to upgrade, the pro-grade Nikon lenses hold their value very well, and although I haven’t sold mine yet, I’m thinking I’ll get 80% of what I paid for it when it was new several years ago, and that makes the transaction easier to handle.

    Definitely recommended.

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