Excerpt: The Nikkor AF-S 85mm f/1.8G is a short telephoto lens announced January 2012. It's the long-awaited successor of the Nikkor AF 85mm f1.8D from 1994 and the considerably more affordable sibling of the AF-S 85mm f1.4G from August 2010 - see my
Excerpt: While I hope to create a full Nikon 85mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens evaluation, my first priority is to include results from this lens in the lens comparison tools. This page currently exists because it is required by the database and content management systems for the posting of those standard test results.
Excerpt: When nikon introduced its full-frame D4 for pros in January, it also had something for its amateur fans: the 85mm f/1.8G AF-S Nikkor ($500, street)—the fifth 85mm for FX bodies in its current catalog. This newest 85mm also belongs to another Nikon subset: It’s one of a trio of fast f/1.8 primes, along with the 28mm and 50mm, that almost mirrors Nikon’s famed trio of f/1.4 primes, the much-lauded 24mm, 50mm, and 85mm.
Excerpt: I must admit it – I really like many of latest Nikon launches. I always emphasize the fact that it is easy to produce fast and horribly expensive instruments which only professionals can afford. Far more difficult is producing optically and mechanically good devices with a bit less extreme parameters and selling them at a price which would be acceptable for the majority of advanced amateur photographers.
Cons: Significant longitudinal chromatic aberration,, Weak work against the light,, Significant vignetting on full frame.
Conclusion: This is a fantastic lens that performs superbly, with unbeatable optical quality, smooth and quiet autofocus and an aperture range perfectly suited to portraiture. These factors combine to make it a real joy to use, but with quite a specific application, it may not find its way into everyone's camera bag. For portrait photographers using the full-frame format it's certainly worth investing in and makes a great partner for either the D700 or Nikon's new D800.