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

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The 85mm ƒ/1.8G uses an AF-S designation and is relatively fast to autofocus, racking through its close-focus to infinity distance and back, in just over one second. However, it's worth noting that the implementation of the AF-S standard is not similar to that of Nikon's higher-end lenses. Where lenses such as the 70-200mm ƒ/2.8 AF-S will snap to focus with blisteringly fast speed, the 85mm ƒ/1.8G AF-S is comparatively sluggish. The filter ring of the lens does not rotate while focusing, and the lens is also very quiet during focus operations; as well, full-time manual focusing is available, by just turning the focus ring at any time.

The 85mm ƒ/1.8G AF-S is not rated as a macro lens, and with a magnification ratio of just 0.12x we can see why. The lens has a minimum close-focusing distance of 80 cm (about two and a half feet).


The lens is well-built, with durable plastic components and a metal lens mount. A rubber gasket shrouds the lens mount, protecting the lens from dust and moisture. The lens barrel is composed of a black semi-roughed finish, and the rubber focus ring shows a ridged pattern that is easy to grip. The lens features seven rounded diaphragm blades to make up the aperture, said to produce pleasing out-of-focus results.

The lens bears a distance scale that is recessed and windowed, its markings set in feet and meters. A depth-of-field scale is also present with an indicator for ƒ/16, as well as an infrared index. A switch on the side of the lens allows the user to disable autofocus operations on the lens (marked as "M/A | M").

The focus ring is 1/2'' wide. The ring turns nicely; it is well-dampened, if just slightly stiffer than necessary. There are no hard stops at either close-focus or infinity, though there is a slight increase in resistance to let you know you've reached a limit. The lens will focus slightly past infinity.

The lens ships with the HB-62 lens hood, a circular-style bayonet-mounted hood that adds 1 1/2 inches to the lens' overall length when mounted. The lens reverses for storage on the lens.

Image Circle 35mm
Type Prime
Focal Length 85mm
APS Equivalent 127mm
Max Aperture ƒ/1.8
Min Aperture ƒ/16
Diaphragm Blades 7 (rounded)
Lens Construction 9 elements in 9 groups
Diagonal Angle of View (Based on image circle) 28.5 degrees
Focus Details AF-S with Silent Wave Motor (SWM) and internal focusing; MA/A focus mode switch
Front Element Rotation No
Zoom System n/a
Closest Focus 0.80m / 2.62 ft.
Magnification Ratio 0.12x / 1:8.3
Filter Size 67mm

• Snap-On Lens Cap
•  Rear Lens Cap
•  Lens Hood
•  Soft Lens Case