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Nikon AF-S 85mm F/1.8G Nikkor Prime Lens

Nikon AF-S 85mm F/1.8G prime lens

Nikon has announced the Nikon AF-S 85mm F/1.8G FX format Nikkor lens, a more modern redesigned version of the classic Nikon AF 85mm F/1.8 prime lens. Featuring a built-in AF-S motor, the new Nikkor AF-S 85mm F/1.8G provides full auto focus compatibility with Nikon cameras that do not have a focus motor built-in to the camera body (Nikon D3100, D5000, D5100 etc).

When mounted on a DX-format D-SLR, the FX format AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G lens provides an effective field of view of 127mm in 35mm terms.

The AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G also features Nikon's Internal Focus (IF) system providing fast and quiet AF and produces sharp and clear images at all apertures. Its fast maximum aperture is ideal for taking stills or HD videos under ideal lighting, in low light, head and shoulder portraiture, weddings or concerts.

The Nikon AF-S 85mm F/1.8G comes supplied with a soft lens pouch and a hard lens hood (HB-62). The lens is scheduled to be available by late March for an estimated retail price of $529.99 in Canada and $499.99 in the US. See the latest offer on the Nikon 85mm f/1.8G

Nikon AF-S 85mm F/1.8G prime lens included accessories

Nikon AF-S 85mm F/1.8G Nikkor Lens Major Features

• A fast, medium-telephoto fixed focal length lens with a focal length of 85 mm and a maximum aperture of f/1.8

• An all new optical design that enables maximum utilization of digital-SLR camera capabilities in shooting high quality images

• Enables shooting of portraits with pleasing background blur characteristics only possible with a fast, medium-telephoto fixed focal length lens

• Very lightweight at approximately 350 g, even with the large aperture

• Equipped with a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for extremely quiet autofocusing. Autofocus shooting is also possible when the lens is used with entry-level Nikon DX-format digital-SLR cameras such as the D5100 and D3100, which are not equipped with an autofocus drive motor

• Equipped with two focus modes, M/A (autofocus with manual override) and M (manual)

• Nikon HB-62 lens hood supplied

Nikon AF-S 85mm F/1.8G Nikkor lens with Nikon D800 SLR camera

Nikon AF-S 85mm F/1.8G Nikkor Lens Press Release

Nikon Inc. has announced the addition of the new AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G FX-format lens to its legendary line of Nikkor lenses. The new 85mm is a fast, fixed focal-length lens with medium telephoto capabilities and a large maximum aperture of f/1.8 that is capable of performing a wide variety of imaging tasks with amazing sharpness and clarity.

“Whether a professional photographer who needs extreme sharpness or a photo enthusiast looking for an affordable, lightweight lens with amazing clarity, Nikon photographers appreciate and rely on the vast selection and dependability of NIKKOR lenses for their imaging needs,” said Lisa Osorio, general manager of marketing at Nikon Inc. “The new 85mm f/1.8 is fully optimized for capturing amazing photos and videos, while providing the ability to utilize background blur to compliment the subject of their photo.”

A welcome addition to Nikon’s growing line of versatile prime lenses, the new AF- NIKKOR 85mm is ideal for travel, general photography, low-light, landscape, portraiture and capturing movies with extreme depth of field. The 85mm is designed to capture photos utilizing beautiful image blur achieved due to its large maximum aperture. Furthermore, the lens is lightweight, easy to carry, and provides an equivalent focal length of 127mm when attached to a Nikon DX-format D-SLR camera body.

The construction of the 85mm f/1.8 consists of nine optical elements, with a seven-blade diaphragm which contributes to a substantially more circular bokeh for a natural appearance to out-of-focus background elements. Additionally, instances of lens flare and chromatic aberration are suppressed using Nikon’s exclusive Super Integrated Coatings, which also help ensure vividly accurate color balance.

The new lens also comes equipped with a carefully engineered optical system optimized to deliver superior image quality. The integration of an ultra-compact Silent Wave Motor (SWM) ensures fast, whisper-quiet AF operation, which is essential when recording movies. The 85mm also features two focus modes, M/A (manual-priority autofocus) and M (manual) to further enhance versatility and adapt to a shooters needs. Additionally, Internal Focus (IF) design prevents the front element from rotating, allowing for the use of filters and attachments.

Nikon AF-S 85mm F/1.8G Nikkor Specifications

Focal length 85mm
Maximum aperture F/1.8
Lens Construction 9 elements in 9 groups
Angle of View 28°30' (18°50' with Nikon DX format)
Minimum Focus Distance 0.8 m/2.62 ft (from focal plane)
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 0.124x
No. of diaphragm blades 7 (rounded)
Filter Attachment Size 67mm
Dimensions Approximately 80 x 73 mm
Weight 350 grams
Supplied Accessories 67 mm Snap-on Front Lens Cap LC-67, Rear Lens Cap LF-4, Bayonet Hood HB-62, Flexible Lens Pouch CL-1015

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