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Review: Nikon 85mm f/1.8G

July 16, 2015 Review

Hello everyone! These days I decided to go out with a friend of mine and just take some pictures with this lens that I’m going to review.

What we have here is the classic portrait lens for FX, a modest telephoto for DX. Nikon shooters have been using one or another variant of this lens for decades. You’ll see it at weddings, at parties, on the street, anywhere that portraits are being taken.

You have to understand from the beginning this is not a typical review. I am not going to talk much about basic specifications for the lens. English is my second language and while I’m not speaking it every day, I am trying to express my thoughts in short sentences for you to understand easily. Instead I can show you some samples and you are going to decide if it is or not for you.

It is true that the lens is made of plastic, but it is a strong plastic material. Still for only $496.95 on adorama.com today I can assure that you will be more then satisfied. It weights just 350 g so mounted on your camera it will not hurt your back even if you work an entire day with it. There is a tiny bit of vignetting wide open but not specialy annoying, you can easily correct them in photoshop if you want.

When I got home I realized that I did not shoot at f/1.8 I know this is what you are interested in and I am sorry. That is just my fault because I like to have sharp images. Still, I think is better for if you test this before buying. There are no technical issues with this product! But it will help figuring out if you like it or not. This is my first review so I will appreciate if you’ll be gentle with me.

Down here you can see some samples with the Nikon 85mm f/1.8G mounted on a Nikon D800 body.


Nikon D800, Nikon 85mm f/1.8G, ISO 200, 1/500sec, @f/2.8


Nikon D800, Nikon 85mm f/1.8G, ISO 640, 1/500sec, @f/2.8


Nikon D800, Nikon 85mm f/1.8G, ISO 200, 1/320sec, @f/2.8


Nikon D800, Nikon 85mm f/1.8G, ISO 200, 1/500sec, @f/2.8


Nikon D800, Nikon 85mm f/1.8G, ISO 400, 1/200sec, @f/2.8


Nikon D800, Nikon 85mm f/1.8G, ISO 400, 1/200sec, @f/2.8


Nikon D800, Nikon 85mm f/1.8G, ISO 800, 1/200sec, @f/2.8

Here you have an unboxing video that I found interesting on the internet. It will show you exactly what the package contains. If you liked this post please leave a comment below and I will be happy to answer any question you have.

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  1. Since purchasing this lens I have found it very difficult to switch lenses throughout the day…this baby works too well! The autofocus is nearly always accurate and moves at a decent speed. The f1.8 creates some beautiful bokeh thanks to a 7 bladed rounded diaphragm. and I always love a little bit of weather sealing. Youll just keep shooting with this lens….

  2. Contrast set way too high in these pics! … To harsh for such a soft subject… Feel like I’m going to cut myself with her hair.

  3. I there, thx for the review, i love the photos and the processing. Could you tell me, how you post processed the pictures? I love the color as well as the sharpness and contrast etc!

  4. A great Lens for portraits. I have always loved this and the Nikkor 180 2.8 ED. You will find that you would get similar sharp images at F2. Your last image is my fav of the set. Interesting edit style.

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