Nikon AF 85mm f/1.8D Reviews

Nov 17th, 2006martus

Priced Paid
$40 USD

Product Understanding
Good

Time Owned
More than a year

This lense is outstanding for portrait. Of course, "Nikkor 85mm F1.4" is better than this. But, this is cheapper and lighter than that. And the image quality is similar to that. So I recommended this.
Dec 1st, 2006rmendales

Priced Paid
$425

Product Understanding
Good

Time Owned
More than a year

This is a good, lightweight portrait lens. Its light weight makes it convenient for use when traveling, and the aperture is wide enough to make it useful in low light. Where it suffers compared to the 85mm F1.4 is in bokeh, which tends to be harsh. You also pay for the light weight in plastic construction which will take less punishment than the 85mm. F1.4. Still, it is a good, sharp lens, usable even wide open.
May 30th, 2008marinox

Priced Paid
$300 USD

Product Understanding
Good

Time Owned
More than a year

Probably the best portrait lens for the money. My favorite Nikon! Sharp and light. My have seen lot of use but only few scratches on the plastic barrel...
Oct 30th, 2008AndyCam

Priced Paid
80

Product Understanding
Good

Time Owned
More than a year

I'd find it hard to justify the extra expense on the f1.4 version.
This lens really is a gem. It's one of the sharpest lenses I've used in over 25 years of phtography.
In fact, it's almost too sharp to be used as a portrait lens - it needs a little softening with a filter or photoshop.
However, I find it an excellent lens for recording detail.
I picked mine up for less than 100 quid on ebay...the best value I've ever had on glass.
Nov 6th, 2012larry

Priced Paid
Not Specified

Product Understanding
Good

Time Owned
More than a year

I've got no complaints about this lens whatsoever. It's fairly well built plastic-wise. I particularly like that it has SIC on the lens elements. Great colors. It's a keeper. I also have the 85 F2 AIS. I think that lens is a pretty good one as well. I go back and forth using both.

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