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Nikon 85mm f/1.8G AF-S

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Nikkor AF-S 85mm f/1.8G

Camera Labs
1 May 2012
  • 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
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Expert Review

13 March 2012
  • Excerpt: In this video, we take a look at Nikon's latest 85mm lens. We shoot some pole dancing and silk dancing at the Aerial Arts Academy.
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Nikon 85mm f/1.8 G Review

Ken Rockwell
15 December 2011
  • Summary: If you intend to use this new lens on one of Nikon's cheaper DSLRs that lacks its own AF motor, get this 85/1.8 G lens.
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Nikon 85mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens

The Digital Picture
30 November 2011
  • 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.
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Overall 10

Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.8G Review

What Digital Camera
28 November 2011
  • Excerpt: The Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.8G promises excellent performance at what is an extremely versatile prime focal length
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REVIEW: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G

8 November 2011
  • Excerpt: Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G This medium telephoto lens from Nikon can be picked up for around £470 and sports a silent focusing motor and an internal focusing mechanism.
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Lens Test: Nikon 85mm f/1.8G AF-S Nikkor

Pop Photo
1 October 2008
  • 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.
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Overall 9

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G Lens Review

26 March 2012
  • Excerpt: This medium telephoto lens from Nikon can be picked up for around £470 and sports a silent focusing motor and an internal focusing mechanism.
  • Pros: Excellent sharpness, Lightweight, Decent build quality, Internal focusing, Low CA and distortion
  • Cons: Falloff quite pronounced at wide apertures, Focusing speeds adequate, but not amazing., Lens specification
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AF-S 85 mm f/1.8G

10 March 2012
  • 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.
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Overall 10

Expert Review

Photo answers
12 February 2012
  • 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.
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