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AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D


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#21 BillM

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Posted 28 April 2010 - 00:16

5/5:  Mine is the 3rd 85 f/1.8 Nikkor I've owned.  First is still around an older pre-ai lens that I converted to ai with a file, an AIS version that was sold when I got the the AFD a while back.

Did i mention I really like the 85mm focal length for film and FX (if I had one).  It was almost always on one of my F2's, then F3, N90 and N80.

A bit long for everyday on DX but a wonderful lens nonetheless.

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#22 Airee

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Posted 03 July 2010 - 10:08

Excellent on FX. Beware of purple fringing when shooting dark subjects against a light background wide open, though.

#23 Marc Schlueter

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Posted 03 October 2010 - 13:03

A very nice lens for the money!
Wide open it looses a bit contrast and sharpness. Bokey wide open can also a bit harsh.
For portraits I prefere it at f/2.5, because the background gets noticebly smoother.

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#24 Tom

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Posted 03 January 2011 - 10:46

Voted "average".
Was pretty disappointed by this one.: Heavy bokeh-CA, the worst repeatability of AF in any lens I had, although sharpness even wide open is good (if you can find the exact focus). When the sun shines into the lens contrast actually is reduced when stopping down (due to reflections from the aperture blades).
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#25 Ole Boye

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 18:52

I Have got the AF (not the AF-D)
I think it is the best 85mm (haven`t tryed the AF-S)
And no One distinguishes between the AF and the AF-D
On Photodo the rating for the AF 85mm 1,8D is 4 ,0 and the AF 85mm 1,8 is 4,2
And last but not the leest it have got a metal housing
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#26 Pistolio

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 10:04

Got this lens brand new two years ago and i think it's average.I use it on FX regular cameras and on DX infrared cameras.On my D700 and D800,it isn't very sharp until F4.0 because of the very low contrast.From F4.0 to F11.0,it's sharp.For IR ,it's almost useless since the contrast and definition are so low across the range.The bokeh is so-so for a portrait lens.

 

There are much better options right now for those who want a short telephoto.The Nikkor AFS 85 (F1.4 and F1.8 are much sharper up to F4.0 and so is the Nikkor 105 VR micro.The Sigma 85F1.4 is also a better lens.Recommended only if you can have one used at a low cost but then again,there are so much more enjoyable manual focus lenses out there to play with!!  B)


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#27 Luc de Schepper

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 11:43

Got this lens brand new two years ago and i think it's average.I use it on FX regular cameras and on DX infrared cameras.On my D700 and D800,it isn't very sharp until F4.0 because of the very low contrast.From F4.0 to F11.0,it's sharp.For IR ,it's almost useless since the contrast and definition are so low across the range.The bokeh is so-so for a portrait lens.

 

There are much better options right now for those who want a short telephoto.The Nikkor AFS 85 (F1.4 and F1. 8) are much sharper up to F4.0 and so is the Nikkor 105 VR micro.The Sigma 85F1.4 is also a better lens.Recommended only if you can have one used at a low cost but then again,there are so much more enjoyable manual focus lenses out there to play with!!  B)

 

Hm, I agree with you that the G version may be a better choice today but in my experience this lens is usable below f4.

 

f2 iso 250

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f2.8, iso 560

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#28 Pistolio

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 17:15

Great photos!I didn't say unusable but for hair splitting guys like me,it's not sharp and contrasty enough natively wide open to f2.8.There are simply better options out there now.



#29 Dan Brown

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Posted 08 November 2013 - 05:39

For the money, I don't think there are many lenses that can touch it. Solid five stars.




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