Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85 f/1.8G Lens

Nikkor 85mm 1.8G from the Nikon Canada Website

This lens is a must have for me.  Currently for longer shots I use my Tamron 70-200, which I absolutely love, but having a medium telephoto prime that goes to 1.8 is something that I would really benefit having.

Up to this point I didn’t really want the 1.8D, as it wasn’t the performer that I hoped.  I found my 70-200 focused almost as fast, and the quality and colour was better from the Tamron.  That being said, it was a rented lens so maybe there was an issue with it that I didn’t realize.

First off, the colour is better than the 1.8D and the focus distance is closer than the 1.8D.

Until I get my hands on one, I can’t say much more.  Here are the specs from the Nikon website:


  • Mount Type – Nikon F-Bayonet
  • Focal Length  –85mm
  • Maximum Aperture  – f/1.8
  • Minimum Aperture  – f/16
  • Format  – FX/35mm – DX
  • Maximum Angle of View (DX-format)  – 18°50′
  • Maximum Angle of View (FX-format)  – 28°30′
  • Maximum Reproduction Ratio  – 0.12x
  • Lens Elements – 9
  • Lens Groups  – 9
  • Compatible Format(s) – FX/DX/FX in DX Crop Mode/35mm Film
  • Diaphragm Blades  – 7
  • Distance Information  – Yes
  • Super Integrated Coating – Yes
  • Autofocus  – Yes
  • AF-S (Silent Wave Motor)  – Yes
  • Internal Focusing  – Yes
  • Minimum Focus Distance  – 2.62 ft.
  • Focus Mode – Auto/Manual
  • G-type – Yes
  • Filter Size  – 67mm
  • Accepts Filter Type  – Screw-on
  • Dimensions  – (Approx.) 3.1×2.9 in. (Diameter x Length)/80x73mm (Diameter x Length)
  • Weight  – (Approx.) 12.4 oz. (350g)
  • Supplied Accessories  – LC-6 Snap-on Front Lens Cap/HB-62 Bayonet Lens Hood/LF-4 Rear Lens Cap/CL-1015 Semi-soft Lens Case

About covesphotography

I have loved photography since I was a child. I always had a camera with me, although it was usually an old Kodak 110 Instamatic. When I was older, I used to take (with permission) my fathers Konica SLR with a 50mm Sigma lens. I was always disappointed that I had to wait for the film to be developed to see what it looked like. I have about two large containers full of pictures in my bedroom closet even now, mostly mine from that time. I don't know exactly how old I was, but I was able to take a picture of a sunset over Lake Superior with a heavy cloud cover above and the water below, the sun just broke through. My parents took it and blew it up to a very large image and I had it hanging on my wall for years. As a lot of teenagers are now, I was impatient and didn't stay with my love of photography, however when digital became more popular, and because I double exposed an important roll of film, I purchased my first digital camera, about 2004. I loved it so much that it went everywhere with me. Now I want to turn that passion for photography to something that can bring joyful moments to other people. From elegant weddings, to family portraits, from infants and pregnancy photos to corporate head shots, from pets to product photography. I travel to you, either to your home or a location you specify. If needed I can help in location scouting as well.
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5 Responses to Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85 f/1.8G Lens

  1. this is very much on the must have list, value and performance.

  2. Hey, what do you think of the SB900? What about the SB900 vs 910? I’m looking to get a flash but I’m wondering how many of my issues are caused by the flash I’m currently using and how many are caused by, well, me!

    While I’m asking, know anything about the 900 vs the Nissin or Metz?

    • If I had a choice between the 900 and the 910, I’d go with the 910. The 910 lowers the power slightly when it starts heating up, where the 900 just stops until it cools. I’ve only had one time that it did that, and it was my own fault, but there are also other benifits with the 910. I’ll write a vs review later to mention them.

      I like Metz, but the upper end units,(50 & 58-2 I think) are the only ones that will work with the CLS on your D300. Also they are only slaves, they can’t function as masters. I’ll see if I can get a hold of one and write a review.

      I haven’t had a chance to use a Nissin, but I’m not fond of the controls on them.(at least the last time I held one.)

  3. yes, I want a 85mm as well… so badly!

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