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Nikon Nikkor AF-S 85 mm f/1.8G

10 March 2012
Szymon Starczewski

9. Ghosting and flares


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In the case of the Nikkor AF-S 85 mm f/1.4G the Nikon company boasted about using high quality antireflective coatings (including NanoCoat layers) and the results were conspicuous because that lens worked against bright light very well. The cheaper Nikkor 1.8/85G (which contains as many air-to-glass surfaces as its faster brother) doesn’t feature such coatings and it is noticeable in photos below and in the sample shot number 11.

The Nikkor AF-S 85 mm f/1.8G shows clear light artifacts at different combinations of apertures and light source locations. Sometimes they are very bright. What’s more they appear even if the Sun is positioned a dozen or even several dozen degrees outside the frame. We are not impressed.

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 85 mm f/1.8G  - Ghosting and flares

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 85 mm f/1.8G  - Ghosting and flares

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 85 mm f/1.8G  - Ghosting and flares

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 85 mm f/1.8G  - Ghosting and flares

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 85 mm f/1.8G  - Ghosting and flares

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 85 mm f/1.8G  - Ghosting and flares

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 85 mm f/1.8G  - Ghosting and flares

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 85 mm f/1.8G  - Ghosting and flares