Review Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G

Lens Overview - Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.4

Often described as the ideal lens for portraiture, the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G is a short-telephoto prime characterized by its bright f/1.4 maximum aperture and ability to isolate subjects using shallow depth of field. The slightly long focal length and fast design are complemented by a rounded nine-blade diaphragm, which helps to achieve a smooth and pleasing bokeh quality. Individual elements feature both Nano Crystal and Super Integrated Coatings, which suppress lens flare and ghosting in order to produce greater contrast and color rendering when working in bright and backlit conditions. Additionally, a Silent Wave Motor affords fast and precise autofocus capabilities along with full-time manual focus control.

Short-telephoto prime is designed for FX-format Nikon F-mount cameras, however can also be used with DX models where it provides a 127.5mm equivalent focal length.
Notably fast f/1.4 maximum aperture helps to isolate subjects and achieve shallow depth of field effects. This bright design also excels in low-light conditions.
A Nano Crystal Coat, along with a Super Integrated Coating, has been applied to lens elements to minimize surface and internal reflections for a marked reduction in lens flare and ghosting.
Silent Wave Motor affords quick, quiet, and precise autofocus performance along with full-time manual focus override.
An internal focusing design is also used, where only the internal lens groups are moved during focusing, to maintain the overall length of the lens during use and to promote faster focusing speeds.
Rounded nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality.

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 Latest Price



Focal Length85mm
Maximum Aperturef/1.4
Minimum Aperturef/16
Lens MountNikon F
Format CompatibilityFull-Frame
Angle of View28° 30'
Minimum Focus Distance2.79' / 85 cm
Maximum Magnification0.12x
Optical Design10 Elements in 9 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationNone
Filter Size77 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)3.39 x 3.31" / 86.2 x 84 mm
Weight1.31 lb / 595 g

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Lens Technical

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.4GSigma 105mm F1.4 DG HSM ASigma 105mm F1.4 DG HSM A Sigma
Name Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.4GSigma 105mm F1.4 DG HSM A Sony FESigma 105mm F1.4 DG HSM A Sigma
Max Aperture At Min Focal f/1.4f/1.4f/1.4
Year 201020182018
Mount Type Nikon F FXSony FESigma SA
Lens Type Lens Medium,lens TelephotoLens TelephotoLens Telephoto
Auto Focus NoNoNo
Price $2199
Lens Zoom PrimePrimePrime
Lens Range 85105105
Global 44.1162
Effective Mega Pixel 30.4139
Distorsion 0.201
Vignetting -1.64295
Tstop 1.5899
Ac 6.88228
Vignetting Ranking 10625
Tstop Ranking 413
Ac Ranking 4222
Pixel Depth 36.3
Price Sensor 3300
Sensor Raw 36.56
Sensor Format Sensor Fullframe
Type SemiProDSLR
Zoom Factor 111
Weight 1lb1lb1lb
Macro NoNoNo
Launch Date Aug. 2010Feb. 2018Feb. 2018
Brand NikonSigmaSigma


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