Nikon 85mm f/3.5G ED VR DX AF-S Micro Nikkor review by Yucel
15 August 2011
Summary: This is a nice lens for shooting macro/micro up to 1:1 on a Nikon DX body. Can be used on FX, with central portion of sensor active. VR is a bit of a waste, as in close up work, there is more in and out, as opposed to side to side motion, which VR does not help with. The lens is a bit slow for good portrait bokeh. So is pretty strictly reasonably priced macro lens.
Pros: Inexpensive, Good Macro Capability
Cons: Not really a portrait lens, not enough bokeh
Excerpt: Nikkor Micro 85mm VR DX lens is quite excellent for its size, weight, price, and working distance. With VR and a shutter speed between 1/15 and 1/60, closeups up to 1: 2 are possible without a tripod, with about 60% sharp enough to print. (I use f/8 or smaller aperture for such photos. Ultimately, the effect of the VR is to allow you to keep the ISO at a reasonable level while having DOF and no camera shake.
Nikon 85mm f/3.5G ED VR DX AF-S Micro Nikkor review by Fgbd300
19 May 2010
Summary: When I decided to buy a macro lens my choices (after a lot of internet research) came down to: Tamron 90mm, Nikon 60mm AFS, Nikon 105mm (old model, 2nd hand) or the new 85mm VR. The 105 had already been sold when I arrived at the camera shop, I realized that 60mm was too short, the new 105VR too expensive so it would be either the Tamron or the 85 mm Nikon, to be used on my D300s.
Pros: VR, supersharp, not to heavy, not too expensive
Nikon 85mm f/3.5G ED VR DX AF-S Micro Nikkor review by Pa
14 April 2010
Summary: I have owned this lens for about a month and have used it quite a bit. Having previously owned a Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro, I prefer this lens. The optical performance is similar, but the handling and autofocus is far better. I especially like the manual focus override feature common to all Nikon AF-S lenses. And the very effective vibration reduction feature is a real plus which the Tamron can't match.
Pros: Very sharp, good color rendition, nice handling, effective vibration reduction