Nikon Af 85mm F/1.4 D Review

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Nikon 85mm f/1.4 D


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Specs   Performance   Compared    Recommendations

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Nikon 85mm f/1.4

Nikon 85mm f/one.4 AF-D
(77mm filters, xviii.5 oz/524g, iii’/0.85m shut-focus, most $ane,230 Usa / $ane,040 gray / $900 used.) enlarge. This free website’southward biggest source of support is when you utilize these links, specially to where I got mine at Adorama, or to it at Amazon, or to them used at eBay (see How to Win at eBay), when you go
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Nikon 85mm f/1.iv G


Nikon 85mm f/1.4 AI-s

85mm Lens Specifications Compared
23 June 2009

85mm Lens Central Sharpness Comparison

23 June 2009

85mm Lens Corner Sharpness Comparing

23 June 2009

Apr 2012,
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This is a very, very skilful lens. Information technology is made with the same sturdy mechanics as the 28mm f/1.4D AF and twenty-35mm f/2.8D AF.

Information technology is especially well suited to the new Nikon D4 and D800, in fact, this is the lens with which the Nikon D3 is shown in many of Nikon’s promotional photos.

This 85/1.4 has e’er been a favorite of portrait professionals, forth with the older 85/1.iv AI-s and newer 85/1.4 G.

THis AF-D lens is the toughest 85mm autofocus lens ever made past Nikon.


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This is an FX lens, and works especially well with on FX, 35mm and DX Nikons like the D4, D800, D800E, D7000, D700, D3X, D300s and F6.

It works peachy on transmission-focus cameras like the F2AS, F3, FE and FA, since it has real manual-focus and aperture rings that work exactly every bit they should.

The 85mm f/ane.4D AF works bully with almost every movie and digital Nikon photographic camera fabricated since 1977. If you lot take a coupling prong added to the diaphragm ring, it’south perfect with every Nikon back to the original Nikon F of 1959.

The only incompatibility is that information technology will not autofocus with the cheapest D40, D40x, D60, D3000, D3100, D5000 or D5100, but if you focus manually, everything else works great. These cameras accept in-finder focus confirmation dots to help you.

See Nikon Lens Compatibility for details on your camera. Read down the “AF, AF-D (screw)” column for this lens.




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Information technology has nine elements in eight groups.


Internal focus.


It has a nice, curved nine-bladed diaphragm that gives a circular, not polygonal, opening from f/i.four through virtually f/ It stops downwardly to f/16.


Close focus is 3 feet or 0.85m.

Filter Thread

77mm, metallic.

Never moves.


3.ane” (79mm) bore by 2.9″ (74mm) long.


18.485 oz (524.1g), measured.

Nikon specifies twenty oz. (560 g).


A nice metallic screw-in metal HN-31 hood is included.

AF-Manual Selector

In that location is an AF/MF selection ring on the lens barrel, just like the other AF Nikkor lenses of similar vintage and quality.

This lens was introduced in the mid 1990s.

Nikon Product Number



Fabricated in Nihon.


$ane,230 U.s., $i,040 gray, $900 used, Apr 2012.

$1,225 Usa, 2009.




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Autofocus is fast.

Information technology’due south about the same or a pilus slower than the extremely fast 85mm f/i.8D AF.

Autofocus accuracy is very good, making utilise at f/i.four reasonable for sharp results. On the D800, autofocus is dead-on to sometimes a tad far at f/1.4. If so on your camera, AF Fine Tuning volition take care of it.

AF speed is very fast on my F100.


Bokeh is very proficient to excellent for backgrounds and foregrounds. This is the reason many pros and so love their 85mm f/1.iv D.


Information technology has no baloney.


Information technology’s super-sharp, some other reason it’south the favorite lens of many pros.

On the 36 MP Nikon D800, it’south sharp and contrasty, fifty-fifty at f/1.4. The corners are a little less sharp and contrasty.

Information technology gets a little better at f/two.eight, f/four and f/

Information technology’s always good, and optimum at f/5.6.

If you want to expect in the corners at 36 MP at f/ane.4, the newer 85/1.four 1000 is better, and and then is the 85/1.8 G. If you’re a pixel-counter equally opposed to a photographer, get the 85/ane.viii G.

See also

85mm Lens Key Sharpness Comparison

23 June 2009

85mm Lens Corner Sharpness Comparing

23 June 2009


In that location is some spherochromatism, as expected for a fast, long lens.

This ways that background out-of-focus highlights may have light-green fringes (which helps bokeh), and foreground out-of-focus highlights may take magenta fringes.




Specs   Performance   Compared    Recommendations

See besides:

85mm Lens Specifications Compared
23 June 2009

85mm Lens Primal Sharpness Comparison
23 June 2009

85mm Lens Corner Sharpness Comparing
23 June 2009

Nikon 85mm f/1.4 AF

Nikon 85/1.viii 1000, Nikon 85/two AI-southward, Nikon 85/1.4 AI-s, Nikon 85/1.8D, Nikon 85/1.4D and Vivitar 85/1.four.
overstate (actual size at 106 DPI).

Nikon 85mm lenses compared

Nikon 85/one.8D, 85/i.8G, 85/ane.4G and 85/1.4D.




Specs   Performance   Compared    Recommendations

This 85/ane.iv AF-D is Nikon’southward toughest 85mm autofocus lens of all fourth dimension. If you lot want a solid, all-metal professional autofocus 85mm lens, this is your only selection.

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is Nikon’s sharpest by a small margin on the D800, merely people buy these for their incredibly pleasant bokeh (out-of-focus backgrounds), for which this f/i.4 AF-D lens is better.

The newest professional person 85/1.4G is sharper and has fifty-fifty better bokeh and allows instant manual-focus override, but costs twice as much.

If you desire a fast, tough 85mm, that’south why this lens has been sold out for most of its 15 years as Nikon’due south pinnacle fast telephoto lens.


I’d proceed a Nikon 77mm NC filter on it for protection on digital cameras, or when shooting color print film, or B&W picture indoors.

I’d use a 77mm Hoya Super HMC 81A filter with Fuji Velvia l or other colour slide film.

I’d apply a Hoya 77mm xanthous filter outdoors with B&West motion picture.

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