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Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX Micro 85 mm f/3.5G ED VR

9 February 2011
Arkadiusz Olech

10. Autofocus

The tested Nikkor is a macro lens so its distance scale is quite wide. Taking it into account we don’t have any reasons to complain about the speed of focusing mechanism. Running through the scale takes it less than one second, no matter from what end. The lack of any focus limiter is regrettable though. For instance going from infinity to 0.4 of a meter you must make the same turn of the ring as if you wanted to go from 0.4 to minimum focus. A focus limiter, set on 0.4 of a meter, would increase the speed of the mechanism more or less twice.

Nikon equipped the lens with an SWM motor (Silent Wave Motor) so the work of focusing mechanism is noiseless. The accuracy of the autofocus is also nothing you can carp about. The number of misses on the level of 4% is absolutely acceptable in a device aimed at amateur photographers.

Attached to the D200 which belongs to our editiorial office, the lens showed a slight front-focus tendency, which can be observed in the photo below.


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Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX Micro 85 mm f/3.5G ED VR - Autofocus