Micro Nikkor 85mm F/3.5g Ed Vr

By | 21/10/2022
Micro Nikkor AF-S DX 85mm f/three.5 G ED VR – Review / Examination Report

Lens Reviews –

Nikon / Nikkor (APS-C)

Review past Markus Stamm, published June 2010

Special thank you to Lothar Oppel for providing the lens!


When Nikon introduced the latest addition to its line of dedicated DX lenses, the Micro Nikkor 85/3.v VR, i frequently heard question was: why would I want to choose this lens over the already existing Micro Nikkor AF-Due south lx/two.eight? Many prefer to use their macro tele primes as portrait lenses, also, however with its rather moderate maximum aperture the new Micro Nikkor 85 VR does not look like an attractive choice for this kind of dual apply.

Nevertheless, at to the lowest degree on paper in that location are a few practiced reasons to select this lens over the AF-S lx, at least for its intended primary usage, macro photography. Outset of all, being a defended DX lens, it’s rather compact and lite-weight. In comparison to 60mm macro lenses it offers a larger and every bit such more than comfortable working distance. And terminal but not least, there’southward the added bonus of optical stabilization.

The build quality of the lens is very decent thanks to an outer barrel made out of loftier quality plastic and in line with other current offerings from Nikon in the medium price segment. It feels a little more solid than some of the consumer zooms, but doesn’t quite reach the level of like lenses, the Micro Nikkor AF-Southward threescore for example. The wide, rubberized focus ring is slightly damped, but offers a rather short throw for a macro lens.

The Micro Nikkor 85 VR offers a maximum magnification of up to one:1 at its closes focus distance. Thank you to a true IF blueprint, the concrete length of the lens remains constant at all focus settings. Typical for most macro lenses, the effective aperture decreases towards the minimum focus distance. The lens reports this corrected value to the camera.

The front end element does not rotate so using a polarizer is no problem.

Being an AF-South lens, the Micro Nikkor 85 VR is compatible and provides AF with all current Nikon DSLRs, including the motor-free entry level DX cameras. There is no focus limiter which may be annoying at times if the camera decides to chase through the focus range.

Nikon includes its latest generation optical stabilization system (VR II) with a claimed efficiency of up to 4 f-stops. In our field tests it felt more like 3 stops and this applies to normal focus distances only. In shut up scenarios the VR is a lot less effective. However, in macro territory the main issue to face and overcome is the photographer’s own slight frontwards/backward motility every bit well every bit the bailiwick’southward possible movement in a slight breeze and no optical stabilization could help confronting this anyhow.

Equiv. focal length 127.5 mm (total format equivalent)
Equiv. aperture f/5.3 (full format equivalent, in terms of depth-of-field)
Optical construction 14 elements in x groups incl. ane ED element
Number of discontinuity blades 9 (rounded)
min. focus distance 0.286 k (max. magnification ratio 1:1)
Dimensions 73 x 98.5 mm
Weight 355 1000
Filter size 52 mm (non-rotating)
Hood HB-37, barrel shaped, bayonet mount (supplied)
Other features Vibration Reduction (VR II). Constant physical length (true IF pattern). Silent-wave AF motor.

Source: http://www.photozone.de/nikon–nikkor-aps-c-lens-tests/523-nikkorafsdx85vr