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Nikon Nikkor AF-S 85 mm f/1.4G

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Manufacturer Nikon Nikkor
Model AF-S 85 mm f/1.4G
Lens style Telephoto
Focal length 85 mm
Maximum aperture f/1.4
Angle of view 28.3 o
Closest focusing distance 0.85 m
Maximum magnification 1:8.3
Minimum aperture 16
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Auto focus type SWM
Lens Construction 10 elements / 9 groups
Filter diameter 77 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Nikon F
Dimensions 86.5 x 84 mm
Weight 595 g
Additional information Nano Crystal Coat
Average rating (9 owners reviews)
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4.33 Good
Owners reviews (9)
  1. Flashgun
    Flashgun 3 December 2013, 23:49
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    IP 94.134.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: 1400 Euro
    User profile: Professional

    Cons: none

    Pros: Sharp, contrasty, wonderful rendering, flare resistant

    Summary: highly recommended

  2. thomas
    thomas 2 December 2013, 16:22
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    IP 79.83.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: 1290 euros
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: CA wide open, construction, sombrero effect at 1.4 (mid frame sharper than center), slowish AF

    Pros: contrast is amazing even with the sun in the frame, nothing short of great from f2 with great homogeneity, bokeh

    Summary: a very nice lens if you manage the focus precision, but considering the price the sombrero effect is really annoying. Find a used one or buy a Sigma instead

  3. Kurt S.
    Kurt S. 30 September 2013, 09:01
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    IP 195.124.x.x
    Owner since: 3 years
    Price: 1349,- 
    User profile: Professional

    Cons: AF not as fast as the AF from the 70-200 II but VERY accurate.

    Pros: This lens is sharp, sharp, sharp already from f1.4 on. From f/2.0 on the corner sharpness is fantastic. Bokeh and contrast are on a very high level. I came from Canon and don't regret this step.

    Summary: A true gem of a lens.

  4. Esping
    Esping 29 September 2013, 02:23
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    IP 85.24.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    Price: 750€
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: AF a bit slow.

    Pros: Sharp and fast.

    Summary: Bought mine used in mint condition. Why on earth would anyone part with this amazing lens? A love affair - I will never sell it.

  5. Claude Dumas
    Claude Dumas 27 April 2013, 14:54
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    IP 70.54.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: 1700 CAN
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: edges slightly soft at 1.4 slightly noisy AF-S motor

    Pros: amazing bokeh unbelievable sharpness superb contrast and color absolutely usable wide open

    Summary: the best lens available for non-billionnaire, a truly magnificent masterpiece !

  6. ZinhaEq
    ZinhaEq 18 August 2011, 15:39
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    IP 92.37.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: 1300 EUR
    User profile: Professional

    Cons: LoCA, would need a bit more sharpness in the center wide open, a bit plasticky feeling (but I can guarantee it won't give up as easily as genotypewriter thinks)

    Pros: Sharpness incredible stopped down and very good to great between f/1.4 and f/2.8

    Summary: If you ask yourself if you really need this lens... then you don't need it (maybe the D version instead).

  7. virtù
    virtù 10 February 2011, 23:29
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    IP 93.203.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
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    User profile: Professional

    Cons: - plastic cover feels horrible - somehow very cheap made - significant (!!!) loCA @ f/1.4 - f/2.8, which cannot be corrected in Capture NX2. no ED glass element. loCA really make some of my pictures professionally unusable.

    Pros: * very sharp with smooth bokeh, but only minimal better then 70-200 VRII * precise AF and manual focus.

    Summary: If I had the choice again, I woudn't spend my money on this lens.

  8. bobbibrown
    bobbibrown 29 January 2011, 12:11
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    IP 88.84.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: $1600
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Accurate AF, very good IQ, nice bokeh, build quality

    Pros: Not the fastest AF

    Summary: Very nice portrait lens Even on the D3x it performs very good

  9. genotypewriter
    genotypewriter 7 October 2010, 04:46
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    IP 131.170.x.x
    Owner since:
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    User profile: Professional

    Cons: Build quality is terrible. Feels like it's made of thin plastic and can break easily upon a reasonable impact.

    Pros: Optics are very very good for a lens of this type especially in the corners, but the center resolution could be better.

    Summary: Here's a direct comparison of the Canon 85 1.2L II vs. the 85 1.4G, both on a 5D Mark II: http://www.flickr.com/photos/genotypewriter/5057691550/ More observations and conclusions in there in detail.

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