Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens for Nikon F

Model: AFF016N700

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Weight 1.45 lb (660 g)
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.34 x 3.50" (84.8 x 88.8 mm)
Filter Thread Front: 67 mm


Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm FilmNikon DX
Angle of View 28° 33'
Minimum Focus Distance 2.62' (80 cm)
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:7.2
Focal Length 85mm
Diaphragm Blades 9, Rounded
Elements/Groups 13/9
Aperture Maximum: f/1.8Minimum: f/16
Camera Mount Type Nikon F


Autofocus Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Expert Reviews
Pc magazine.32817846
6 days ago

The Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD is an incredibly sharp prime lens in a classic portrait focal length,featuring an image stabilization system that sets it apart from the competition.

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    Extremely sharp. Minimal distortion. Wide aperture. Optical stabilization system. Available for multiple camera systems. Full-frame coverage.

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    Dim corners at wide apertures. Pricey.

12 May 2016

The Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD prime lens is a fast short telephoto in the classic focal length for portraits. It is also a focal length that usually offers the very best of the lens makers' art, so the standard expected is very high. It is a 35mm-format “full frame” lens.

20 April 2016

A slightly slower maximum aperture of f/1.8 (many 85mm lenses are f/1.4 designs) does seem to have its advantages in terms of a more compact, lighter lens and also a lower cost. Performance is impeccable, the lens handles superbly and the price well within reason.

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    Beautiful, high-quality images, Fast and silent AF, Effective VC system, Very well controlled CA, Excellent flare resistance, 5-year warranty, Low distortion, Beautiful bokeh

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    Limited choice of mounts

User Reviews
B h photo.32817553
1 week ago

I rented this lens for a shoot to try it out. I have looked at a few other primes and wanted to see how this one compared. I was not disappointed at all. Very sharp and not much CA when shot wide open at 1.8.

B h photo.32817553
3 weeks ago

All I can say is if you are in the market for an upper end 85mm, look no further. Tamron has hit a homerun with this lens. It is incredibly sharp, has creamy bokeh, built like a tank and is worth every penny I spent.

B h photo.32817553
26 April 2016

Razor sharp and the VC allows me to take shots that would have been difficult without a tripod.... This lens is solid and well built, not at all plastic feeling like many other lenses.

B h photo.32817553
15 April 2016

On my D7200, the autofocus is outstanding, bokeh is terrific, "VC" (Tamron's version of Nikon's VR) works well (consistently sharp down to 1/50). The lens is big and heavy compared to the Nikon 85 1.8g, but those are actually benefits, IMO.

B h photo.32817553
7 April 2016

What is this strange magic? look at the uploaded pictures, this thing has bokeh like no other lens, it cuts with detail like a katana through a soft cantelope!!! But that sharpness works against it too. Instead of giving you a nice skin tone, it shows all the imperfections, even from 5 meters away.

Product Highlights
  • Nikon F Mount/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/16
  • One LD Element and One XLD Element
  • eBAND and BBAR Coatings
  • Fluorine Coating on Front Element
  • USD AF Motor, Full-Time Manual Focus
  • VC Image Stabilization
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Moisture-Resistant Construction
  • Compatible with TAP-in Console
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In The Box
  • Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens for Nikon F
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • Lens Hood
  • SILKYPIX Developer Studio Software
  • Limited 6-Year Warranty
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