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Nikon 85mm f/1.8 Review

September 29, 2008

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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Nikkor 85 f1.8 Review

September 29, 2008

Nikkor 85 f1.8 Review

“The Perfect Portrait Lens”

nikon nikkor 85 f/1.8

I have used Nikkor lenses for almost 40 years. I have 6 in my bag right now. This is the best lens I have ever used. It is better than the 105 f2.5, and that should say it all. Fast focus, perfect color, contrast, and razor sharp. The 85 mm focal length is perfect for portraits even with the 1.5 factor on a D300 [feels almost like you are using the 105 f2.5!]. Combine the 1.8 f-stop with the low noise of today’s Nikons and you are set to capture great images in almost any low light situation. The real point of the lens is, of course, the incredible DOF control you have to make your subject pop. I always use aperture priority with this lens to make sure I am controling the f stop, the results are amazing, even wide open. This prime lens really needs to be in your camera bag if you are a serious Nikon photographer. The fit and finish are pure Nikon. One more important thought, this lens will work perfectly on the full sensor D3 and D700 as it is not a DX lens. You will not be sorry you bought this lens, esp at the current price.

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Nikon 85 mm Review

September 29, 2008

Nikon 85 mm Review

“Amazing lens”

nikon nikkor 85 f/1.8

I’ll piggy-back on others by saying this lens is tack-sharp! Unlike others, I find the bokeh to be average to poor. Another issue is the Chromatic Abrasion (purple fringing around the edges when shooting a light subject with a very contrasting background) at f1.8. Stopped down to f2.2 or using an ISO above 200 and your problem is solved. In practical use, that isn’t an issue though as you won’t usually zoom to 5x original size with the parameters I put it through. All in all, this lens is outstanding!

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Nikon AF 85 Review

September 29, 2008

Nikon AF 85 Review

“What you are looking through”

nikon nikkor 85 f/1.8

The apperature opens about the size of a silver dolar.
This is another lens that I bought to substitute the 18-70mm lens that I had for a year. For about the same price you can ditch the 18-70mm middle of the road lens and pick up the 50mm 1.8/f and this 85mm 1.8/f. It will make you happy.
This lens is ideal for portraiture for two main reasons. Its focal length and its apperature. The focal length not only gets rid of distortion but also allows you to get a nice portrait without being right up in the person’s face. The apperature allows you to get a shallow enough depth of field (how far is in focus) that background distractions are blurred out. It also allows you to shoot in low light conditions.
All around a great lens.

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Nikon 85mm Prime Lens Review

September 29, 2008

Nikon 85mm Prime Lens Review

“Great bokeh from a great lens”

nikon nikkor 85 f/1.8

This is a great lens for the price you are paying. The 85mm f/1.8 is about 3 times the price (I don’t own it so I cannot compare apart from the specifications), and gives you about 2/3 more stops of light. This lens has 9 aperture blades, which gives a very nice bokeh. On a crop factor camera (except the D3 at the time of this review), this lens is about 127.5mm, which becomes a tele portrait lens. This is one lens you would not regret buying!

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