Nikon 85mm f/1.8 Review

Nikon 85mm f/1.8 Review

“An oustanding portrait lens for both film and DSLR”

nikon nikkor 85 f/1.8

A exceptional portrait lens for both digital and film, the Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D is usably sharp wide open and tack sharp by the time you stop down even just a bit. Relatively small and very light, it feels just right in my hand. Steve McCurry is one of my favorite photographers and I was happy to discover that many of his great shots were taken with this lens.

Also, if you shoot on a manual focus body like the F3, you’ll like the solid but smooth feel of the focus ring.

The 85mm comes with a metal, screw-on hood. My preference is the plastic bayonet mounts, but I find that I don’t need the hood that often since this lens doesn’t tend to flare.

Two minor complaints about this lens: first, the bokeh is not exceptional. That’s OK; I’m not a bokeh hound. But when I see the creamy out of focus specular highlights that the 85mm f/1.8 produces, sometimes I dream about spending the extra money.

Second, I wish it were AF-S. But even without AF-S, it focuses faster than you’d expect.

Finally, the construction is solid. I’ve used it heavily for two years in deserts, jungles, and glaciers (ok, and in less glamorous places like around the apartment) and it still looks brand new.

In short, my favorite lens. Absolutely worth every penny.

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Nikon 85mm f/1.8 Review by M. Garrett "since1968" (Washington, DC United States)
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