Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Lens

Model #2201

USA Version
Nikon 2201 1
Nikon 2201 1
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Weight 0.78 lb (0.35 kg)
Filter thread 67 mm
Dimensions (dxl) Approx. 3.1 x 2.9" (7.87 x 7.37 cm)


Camera mount type Nikon F
Format compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
Nikon DX
FX in DX Crop Mode
35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Minimum focus distance 2.62' (0.8 m)
Focal length 85 mm
Groups/elements 9/9
Aperture Maximum: f/1.8 - 1.8
Minimum: f/16 - 16
Angle of view 28°
DX Picture Angle: 18°
Magnification 0.12x
Diaphragm blades 7


Autofocus Yes
Expert Reviews
Pc magazine.32817846
23 March 2015

The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G is a light and compact lens that's ideal for portraiture. It's quite sharp, and equally affordable.

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    Excellent sharpness. Minimal distortion. Wide aperture. Inexpensive.

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    Lacks optical stabilization. Limited close focus capability.

What digital camera.32818507
29 December 2011

Overall, Nikon’s 85mm f/1.8G prime is everything that any discerning buyer could want. The fact that Nikon includes a protective soft pouch with the lens is a very nice additional touch. All that is missing is a vibration control system.

Camera labs.32824899
1 May 2012

The Nikkor AF-S 85mm f/1.8G is a short telephoto lens announced January 2012. It's the long-awaited successor of the Nikkor AF 85mm f1.8D from 1994 and the considerably more affordable sibling of the AF-S 85mm f1.4G from August 2010 - see my

The digital picture.32823291
8 March 2012

Is the Nikon 85mm f/1.8G AF-S Nikkor Lens right for you? Learn all you need to know about the Nikon 85mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens in's review!

Pop photo.32824722
8 October 2012

When nikon introduced its full-frame D4 for pros in January, it also had something for its amateur fans: the 85mm f/1.8G AF-S Nikkor ($500, street)—the fifth 85mm for FX bodies in its current catalog.

8 November 2011

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G This medium telephoto lens from Nikon can be picked up for around £470 and sports a silent focusing motor and an internal focusing mechanism.

Digitalrev com.34355141
7 March 2012

In this video, we take a look at Nikon's latest 85mm lens. We shoot some pole dancing and silk dancing at the Aerial Arts Academy.Aerial Arts Academy website:

User Reviews
B h photo.32817553
13 October 2015

Delivers the sharpness at large print-size (24" x 36" and could go bigger easily) I'd hoped for from a prime lens on my new D810. AND, I'd not appreciated that my D810 is TOO HEAVY only with the typical VR, zoom, blah, blah, blah. It's just fine now, with the 85mm.

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    Durable, Lightweight

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    Tough To Attach

31 August 2015

Excellent lens Does well in low light conditions. Auto focus doesn't perform well. Switched it to manual focus & it remedied the "problem"

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    sharp, excellent in low light, beautiful bokeh (manual focus)

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    the auto focus is a bit sluggish.

8 August 2015

This is a sharp, fast, and versatile lens capable of getting great shots when your subject is either very small, very detailed, or sufficiently far away from the lens to capture enough of it in the frame.

Review buydig com.33956271
24 March 2014

Outstanding sharpness just like it smaller brother 50mm f1.8. I nice and light with super quick focus. Great buy!!

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    Outstanding sharpness just like it smaller brother 50mm f1.8. I nice and light with super quick focus. Great buy!!

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16 August 2014

Just upgraded to an FX body and so still experimenting, but have found a terrific use for this lens on my old DX body. It works great as a semi-telephoto lens, which I use to snap awesome action pics of kids' hockey games!

7 May 2013

I use this lens on my Nikon D5100 for natural light portraits and grandkids volleyball & basketball photos. Focus speed is good in qym lighting. Although I haven't completely tested it, some reviews show best sharpness & quality at f4 to f8. Very pleased with results so far.

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    Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh

Abt electronics.32817785
14 October 2015

Easy to use, not fancy, utilitarian

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    Consistent Output, Lightweight, Rugged

Wolfcamera com.32823248
7 March 2012

I use this product for portraits of the family and what I get for the price is amazing.

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    Bokeh, Contrast, price

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    Plastic feel

21 March 2013


Product Highlights
  • Fast: f/1.8 Compact Prime Lens
  • Optimized for FX Format
  • Nikon F-Bayonet Mount
  • Silent Wave Motor with Internal Focus
  • M/A Focus Mode Switch
  • Nikon Super Integrated Coating
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In The Box
  • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Lens
  • HB-62 Bayonet Lens Hood
  • 67mm Snap-On Lens Cap
  • LF-4 Rear Lens Cap
  • CL-1015 Soft Lens Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Limited 4-Year USA Extension upon Registration
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