Summary: Very sharp lens. The price is very reasonable for a tack sharp lens such as this. Auto focus is fast enough in most cases. Color is excellent and coma almost non-existent. Overall you get a lot for your dollar with this lens. On a D800 this lens got a 40 score on the DXO. Not many lenses score higher. A must have if you wish to capture extreme detail or maximize a D800's potential.
Nikon 85mm f/1.8G AF-S Nikkor review by rrwilliams64
1 week ago
Summary: 95% of the Nikon f/1.4G at less than half the cost. This is THE lens i reach for when doing portraits. It's sharp wide open, doesn't need stopping down. I also owned the 85 1.8D and I believe Nikon's new coatings ("SIC", Super Integrated Coating) renders colors even better than on the previous iteration.. My favorite lens...
Summary: I use this lens on Nikon d7100. It's amazing! Word of advice, check DxOMark rating before buying any lens because they test each lens on many different bodies. You'd be amazed to learn how each lens performs on different sensors. This lens is sharp. period. I placed a document with small print on the counter and then placed the tripod 25 ft away. Although the lighting source was dim you could clearly read the printed text on the page.
Summary: Although I have at least three other Nikkor lenses that cover 85mm (classic 85mm manual focus f/2, 24-120mm f/4, and AF-S 80-400mm G) the f/1.8 provides much larger aperture and very fine Bokeh for selective focus work. Very good resolution wide open, even the corners, and excellent resolution corner to corner from f/2.8 until diffraction softening starting about f/11. And virtually no distortion.
Summary: After only only 1 evening of shooting to try it out, and over 200 images later, I can only rave about this lens. The crisp images I was able to capture coupled with the shallow depth of field has left me in awe of the potential. The candid portraits that I tested with, gave a clear subject with enough focus drop to draw attention right where it was needed.
Summary: I bought it refurbished a few days ago. My first impression-absolutely amazing lens. I own 35mm and 50mm 1.8, but 85mm 1.8g quality blows me away. At 1.8 already is VERY sharp. I took several portraits of my family and it was a huge WOW when I opened the pictures in computer.
Summary: This is probably the sharpest lens I have ever used. It's only drawback is that it has a lot of CA. There is so much CA wide open that it can be a challenge to clean it up is post processing. Everything else is fantastic about this lens. I love the creamy bokeh.
Summary: I enjoy taking portraits. This lens is perfect on my Nikon D3100. It produces beautiful bokeh, and operates with a comfortable distance between me and my subject. Not 15' away like with a 200m, nor 3' away like with a 50mm. It's just right. Facial features do not appear distorted, focus is adequately fast and is amazingly clear. Depth of field can be incredibly small. It's easy to take a close-up with your subject's eyes in tack sharp focus, but with their ears blurred.
Summary: So after purchasing my Nikkor 80-200 f4 and being completely satisfied, I grabbed this 85mm 1.8, which over the past few months has been a great value. It's not to heavy on the pocketbook, and I'm happy with the results on my D800. I'm a long time fan of primes and after checking out the tests at DXOMark I decided to check it out. This lens produces great bokeh and is sharp as a tack on subject when you need it to be.