Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G – best glass in the quality / price ratio
How it looks and works?
the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1,8G is a compact and lightweight lens, which has nine lens in nine groups, with 7-blade rounded aperture. Its large aperture of f/1,8 is great for low-light photography and the shallow depth of field helps isolate subjects from the background. The AF works very well and fasto, so it’s great lens for portraits, concerts and traveling. Closest focusing distance from the plane is 0,8m.
About the eighty-five
This fast prime lens from Nikon delivers superb image quality. Nikon’s Super Integrated Coating (SIC) is a multi-layer lens coating that improves light transmission, provides better color consistency, and minimizes ghost and flare to a negligible level. From the various images I shot, the lens is sharp, and it wasn’t easy to get flare. So that is well controlled. As can be expected from any optic, used wide-open, the contrast is reduced, and you will have to adjust for that in post-processing.
The build quality is similar to the other f1,8G lenses. The mass is practically the same as the 24 mm f/1,8g, so it is a relatively small and lightweight lens that is easy to carry and handle. It comes with a rubber gasket on the lens mount, which provides good sealing against dust making its way into the camera (the rubber gasket definitely helps not only in reducing sensor dust, but also in reducing the amount of dust that could potentially end up inside the lens). It has a much smaller and less round front element than the flagship Nikon 85mm f/1,4G lens. The thinner barrel, making the lens less bulky in comparison. A smaller barrel also means a smaller filter thread – the Nikon 85mm f/1,8G takes 67mm filters.
The image quality is phenomenal. From my perspective, this is the highest quality fixed lens, at a reasonable price, that Nikon has ever produced. Although the lens does not have a nano crystal coating. However, the lens coating is at a high level as in the case of much more expensive 85 f /1,4 lens.
Comparison with 20 f1,8G and 58 f1,4G
- Superior image quality
- Beautifully blurred backgrounds (bokeh)
- Sharp and clear images at all apertures
- Small size and weight of 350 grams
- Excellent in price/quality ratio
- Excellent aperture at f/1.8
- Lens caps, hood and case included
- Isn’t sealed against dust and water
- The body is made mainly of plastic
Nikon’s 85mm f/1,8G is an excellent addition to its prime lineup. It’s small, fast, sharp – optically uncompromising. It’s a great lens for everyday photography, portraits and traveling. I think it is an ideal choice for all who takes photography seriously.
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Lens type: Normal Focal length: 85 mm Maximum aperture: f/1.8 Minimum aperture: f/16 Lens construction: 9 elements in 9 groups Angle of view: 28°30' (18°50' with Nikon DX format) Minimum focus distance: 0.8 m/2.62 ft (from focal plane) No. of diaphragm blades: 7 (rounded) Filter-attachment size: 67 mm Diameter x length: 80 x 73 mm/3.1 x 2.9 in. Weight: 350 g/12.4 oz (excluding hood) Accessories: 67 mm Snap-on Front Lens Cap LC-67, Rear Lens Cap LF-4, Bayonet Hood HB-62, Flexible Lens Pouch CL-1015
* sample images from Nikon 85mm f/1.8G