Overview: The sharpest Nikon 85mm lens, the f/1.4G will work with any Nikon DSLR—full-frame, APS, internal AF or not—thanks to its built-in autofocus engine—and scored an excellent 34 on the DxOMark scale. It also scored a category leading 19 Perceptual Megapixels, indicating that sharpness is outstanding. Ghosting and interior flare are controlled via Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat, and Nikon says this internal-focusing lens is optimized for edge-to-edge sharpness on both APS and full-frame cameras. As one would expect from a top-line lens, this one has a 9-blade diaphragm with curved blades for excellent Bokeh at all apertures. It weighs in at a moderatel 23 oz, is constructed of 10 elements in 9 groups, focuses to 3 feet, and accepts a 77mm filter.
Nikon Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D IF is a versatile medium telephoto lens employing Close-Range Correction technology for sharp images at close range. The lens has a shallow depth of field delivering razor sharp detail, high contrast, and true color duplication. The Nikkor 85mm houses an ultra-fast f/1.4 aperture, nine elements in eight groups, 3 feet close focusing distance and nine rounded blades producing a flattering bokeh. When mounted to Nikon AF camera bodies, the lens is available for auto and manual focusing.
Nikon 85mm f/1.4 AI-s falloff on film and FX at infinity.
Thanks a lot, Ming, for this very interesting list. It actually contains quite a number of lenses I didn’t expect.
Considering the standards you specified in the beginnig I wonder, however, how the Nikon AFS 85/1.8 G got onto your list. Yes, it is sharp, but at least my copy of it shows some considerable amount of longitudinal chromatic abberation. In some situations it is unusable, for example with out of focus dark leaves against a bright sky in the background. In some situations the color fringing can even be used as a “focusing aid”.
I returned two copies because of decentering, now my third one is quite uniformly sharp. Unfortunately, though, I did not test for LOCA.
This is an in-depth Nikon 85mm f/1.8G review of the new, much anticipated prime portrait lens that was announced in January of 2012. The Nikon 85mm f/1.8G is a consumer-grade portrait lens for enthusiasts and seasonal pros that need quality optics of a fixed portrait lens at an affordable price point. Its large of f/1.8 is great for and the shallow depth of field helps isolate subjects from the background, beautifully rendering the background highlights, also known as .