Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm 1: 1.8D review

The Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm 1: 1.8D is considered a classic portrait lens, but it can be used for a wide variety of other photographic applications. Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm 1: 1.8D (we will call it Nikon 85mm F / 1.8D for short) was introduced in March 1994 and became a replacement for the older version - Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm 1: 1.8 (no letter 'D', NON-D type).

In total, Nikon has 6 such lenses:

All these lenses deserve due attention and have their own characteristic features.

Nikkor AF 85mm f / 1.8 D

Nikkor AF 85mm f / 1.8 D

The lens has a short but informative name: Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm 1: 1.8D, where 'AF' indicates that the lens is autofocus, but autofocus only works when available focus motor in the camera itself, ‘85mm ' indicate the focal length, 'F / 1.8 ′ to the maximum aperture... Bukovka 'D'indicates that the lens transmits the focusing distance to the camera, which is very important when working with flashes.

Nikkor AF 85mm f / 1.8 D

Nikkor AF 85mm f / 1.8 D

Main technical characteristics of Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm 1: 1.8D:

Review Instance Name Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm 1: 1.8D 2023332
Basic properties
  • FX (for Nikon FX) - lens designed for Nikon FX full-frame cameras
  • AF (Auto Focus) - support for autofocus via the camera motor
  • D (Distance) - transfer of focusing distance to the camera
  • IF (Internal focusing) - internal focusing
  • RF (Rear Focusing System) - focusing system by moving optical elements from the bayonet side
  • SIC (Nikon Super Integrated Coating) - special integrated enlightenment of optics
Front Filter Diameter 62 mm, metal thread for filters
Focal length 85 mm, the EGF for Nikon DX cameras is 127.5 mm
Zoom ratio 1 X (this is a fixed lens without the ability to change the focal length)
Designed by for film cameras Nikon FX
Number of aperture blades 9 rounded petals
Labels window with focusing distance in meters and feet, depth of field scale for F / 16 and F / 11. Infrared Label
Diaphragm from f / 1.8 to f / 16. The lens has an aperture ring (Non-G - lens type)
MDF (minimum focusing distance) 0.85 m, maximum magnification ratio 1: 9.2
The weight 380 g
Optical design 6 elements in 6 groups. The lens does not use special optical elements.

Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm 1: 1.8D

Lens hood Hn-23, supplied, screwed into the thread under the filters
Period from March 1994 to 2012, later replaced by Nikon 85mm 1: 1.8G AF-S IF SWM Nikkor
Manufacturer country Made in Thailand (some lenses were also made in Japan)
Instructions See
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Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm 1: 1.8D, with its light weight, is very compact in itself, you can always take it with you and get great photos.

Dimensions Nikkor AF 85mm f / 1.8 D

Dimensions Nikkor AF 85mm f / 1.8 D

The first thing you pay attention to when you pick up the Nikon 85mm F / 1.8D is its excellent build. Also, I was impressed by the special beauty of the front lens.

Nikkor AF 85mm f / 1.8 D

Nikkor AF 85mm f / 1.8 D

Highlights to watch out for

  1. This the lens can be used on full-frame Nikon FX cameras. It will work great on both Nikon film cameras and Nikon FX full-frame digital cameras.
  2. Auto focus with Nikon 85mm f / 1.8D lens available only when using him on cameras with built-in motor focusing. An exact and complete list of Nikon CZKs that support auto focus with 'AF' lenses (such as this one) can be found in the 'Auto focus on Nikon cameras'.
  3. Maximum relative aperture F / 1.8. This is very important aperture. The difference between F / 1.4 and F / 1.8 is 2/3 stops.
  4. The lens has a focal length of 85mm, the classic focal length for portraits. On Nikon DX cameras the EGF of the lens will be 127,5 mmwhich is also good for portraiture.
  5. When focusing, the front lens is completely stationary- it does not spin and does not ride back and forth. When focusing, only the rear lens unit moves, this is called the Rear Focusing System. With this lens it will be possible to use various filters without problems.
  6. The lens has manual aperture ring. To be able to control the value aperture from camera or for automatic installation aperture on modern central control valves, you need to turn the control ring to F / 16 and fix it with a special lever, which is located to the right of the marks aperture. If this is not done, then on a number of cameras, the display will display an error - 'fEE' (ring is not installed aperture) Some cameras having diaphragm rheostatallow you to control the aperture using the ring aperturebut only in metering modes exposure 'M' and 'A'. You can read more about this issue in the section on Non-G Lenses. Ring aperture rotates with clicks, the values ​​F / 1.8, 2.8, 4, 5.6, 8, 11, 16 are plotted on it; set the intermediate value between pairs of numbers using the ring aperture impossible. Intermediate values ​​can only be set using the camera menu.
  7. Complete with lens there is a metal hood, which really helps in the fight against flare and glare. The lens hood is screwed into the filter. I use protective filter, screwed onto the lens, and a hood is screwed into the filter, with such a bundle I do not install a protective cap.
  8. Nikon 85mm F / 1.8D has a window with a focus distance scale in meters and feet, a depth of field scale for F / 16, F / 11 and a mark for working in the infrared spectrum.
Nikkor AF 85mm f / 1.8 D

Rear view of Nikkor AF 85mm f / 1.8 D

Bad sides:

  1. The lens is very pronounced chromatic aberration on open diaphragms. HA in the field of sharpness disappear only from the aperture F / 4.0. Therefore, if you need a well-designed sharp image without any kind of ghosting on contrasting details in the field of sharpness, the lens will not be able to provide the desired result at values ​​from F / 1.8 to F / 4.0. Personally, I put up with aberrations in portraiture, especially when there are few contrasting details.
  2. The lens does not have a focus motor, as mentioned above. But still you need to consider that it was designed back in 1994, and then no one thought that Nikon would release a couple of non-powered cropped cameras. You can read more about the focusing motor. here.
  3. The biggest drawback of this lens I personally consider the factor that he has a very strong competitor in the face Nikon 85mm f / 1.4 AF-D и Nikon 85mm f / 1.8G AF-S Nikkor. In any case, F / 1.8 will lose in luminosity and in figure F / 1.4. At Nikon 85mm f / 1.4 AF-D HA disappear already at F / 2.0, while Nikon 85mm F / 1.8D HA disappear only on F / 4.0. And buying a Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f / 1.8D will always resent the fact that there is a much better portrait lens. On the Internet you can find millions of dedicated pages. battles Nikon 85mm f / 1.8D and Nikon 85mm f / 1.4 AF-D, and 1.8D wins only at its price. If your camera does not have a focus motor, then a cheap version of such a lens is present only in the face Nikon 85mm f / 1.8G AF-S Nikkor and very expensive Nikon 85mm F1.4G AF-S.
Nikkor AF 85mm f / 1.8 D

Nikkor AF 85mm f / 1.8 D lens aperture blades

Sample Photos

On the camera Nikon D80:

Sample photos on Nikon 85 1.8d

Sample photos on Nikon 85 1.8d

Example photo on Nikon 85mm F / 1.8D

Example photo on Nikon 85mm F / 1.8D

On the camera Nikon D200:

On a film camera Nikon AF N8008s:

Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm 1: 1.8D

Photo at Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm 1: 1.8D

Sample photo on a Nikon AF Nikkor 85 1.8D lens

Sample photo on a Nikon AF Nikkor 85 1.8D lens

Lens focusing speed F / 1.4dCompared to the Nikon 85mm F / 1.8D, exactly the same. I conducted an experiment: put two cameras side by side, on the first F / 1.4d, on the second F / 1.8D, when you press the focus button, both lenses focus equally quickly from MDF to infinity and vice versa. Most likely, all three lenses are F / 1.8 AF, F / 1.8D, F / 1.4d have the same focusing speed, which may differ slightly from the camera on which the lens is used. Also, the Nikon 85mm F / 1.8D has a faster focusing speed compared to F / 1.8g и с F / 1.4GN

Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm 1: 1.8D and Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm 1: 1.8G IF SWM

Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm 1: 1.8D and Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm 1: 1.8G IF SWM

Image quality

At the lens no distortion - this means that the lens ideal for photographing portraits, it does not distort the picture, but also the faces of people. On FX cameras, vignetting disappears only at F / 5.6. Nikon 85mm F / 1.8D sharp from 1.8. The best sharpness falls on apertures from F / 4.0 to F / 8.0, if you close the aperture above F / 8.0, you can only increase the depth of field, since diffraction takes effect.

The lens gives a slightly cool tint. The lens is not very friendly with back and side light. And, for a portrait lens, bokeh is very important, Nikon 85mm F / 1.8D bokeh is normal, sometimes rough. I would like better bokeh quality from a portrait lens. The lens has 9 aperture blades (the number of petals is above average), which allows him to give fairly rounded circles in the blur zone.

Nikkor AF 85mm f / 1.8 D

Enlightenment Nikkor AF 85mm f / 1.8 D

My experience

I really love this lens - it is compact, well built, fast focusing and sharp. Of course, due to the lack of modern technologies in it, the Nikon 85mm F / 1.8D is morally outdated, and its updated model Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm 1: 1.8G IF SWM almost everything is better. I recommend the Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm 1: 1.8D to anyone looking for a real portrait lens for little money. The Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm 1: 1.8D is the most budget-friendly model of the 'real native tailor'. With this lens, the resulting frames will be much more interesting than with standard fifty dollars.

Nikkor AF 85mm f / 1.8 D

Nikkor AF 85mm f / 1.8 D

Differences between Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm 1: 1.8D (1.8D) and Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm 1: 1.8G IF SWM (1.8G)

A detailed description of the differences between these two lenses can be viewed here.

Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm 1: 1.8D and Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm 1: 1.8G IF SWM

Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm 1: 1.8D and Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm 1: 1.8G IF SWM

This is what the entire line of Nikon Nikkor 85 / 1.8 lenses with auto focus support looks like:

Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm 1: 1.8 and Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm 1: 1.8D and Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm 1: 1.8G IF SWM

Three generations of Nikkor 85 / 1.8 class lenses: Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm 1: 1.8 и Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm 1: 1.8D (from this review) and Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm 1: 1.8G IF SWM

All autofocus 85s

Choosing a good portrait lens with a focal length of 85 mm is very important for a large number of photographers. I pay a lot of attention to this issue, because I prepared this list of all such autofocus lenses for full-frame cameras:

Nikon (F, Z mounts)

  1. Nikon 85mm 1: 1.8 AF Nikkor
  2. Nikon 85mm 1: 1.8D AF Nikkor (Thailand or Japan)
  3. Nikon 85mm 1: 1.8G AF-S IF SWM Nikkor
  4. Nikon 85mm 1: 1.4D AF Nikkor
  5. Nikon 85mm 1: 1.4GN AF-S Nikkor SWM IF Nano Crystal Coat
  6. Nikon Nikkor Z 85mm 1: 1.8 S

Canon (EF, RF mounts)

  1. Canon LENS EF 85mm 1: 1.8 USM
  2. Canon LENS EF 85mm 1: 1.2 L USM
  3. Canon LENS EF 85mm 1: 1.2 L II USM
  4. Canon LENS EF 85mm 1: 1.4 L IS USM
  5. Canon lens RF 85mm F1.2 L USM
  6. Canon lens RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DS (DEFOCUS SMOOTHING)

Yongnuo (different mounts)

  1. Yongnuo YN85mm F1.8 (YN85mm F1.8) [Canon EF, February 2017]
  2. Yongnuo YN85mm F1.8 (YN85mm F1.8N) [Nikon F, May 2019]
  3. Yongnuo Ynlens YN85mm F1.8S DF DSM (YN85mm F1.8S) [Sony E, Aug 2020]

Meike (Canon EF, Nikon F)

  1. MEIKE 85mm AF 1: 1.8 (Canon EF)
  2. MEIKE 85mm AF 1: 1.8 (Nikon F)

Samyang / Rokinon (different mounts)

  1. Samyang AF 75 / 1.8 FE (for Sony E)
  2. Samyang AF 85 / 1.4 [EF or F] (for Canon EF, Nikon F, diagram 9/7)
  3. Samyang AF 85 / 1.4 FE (for Sony E, Canon RF, diagram 11/8)

Tamron (different mounts)

  1. Tamron SP 85mm F / 1.8 Di VC USD Model F016 (for Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony A [no VC function])

Tokina (Sony E / FE mount)

  1. Tokina atx-m 85mm F1.8 FE (for Sony E)

Sigma (different mounts)

  1. Sigma EX 85mm 1: 1.4 DG HSM (two sub-versions with different body coatings, for Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K)
  2. Sigma 85mm 1: 1.4 DG HSM | A [Art] (for Canon EF, Nikon F, Sigma SA, Sony E, Leica L)
  3. Sigma 85mm 1: 1.4 DG DN | A [Art] (for Sony E, Leica L)

Sony / Minolta (A or E mounts)

  1. E: Sony FE 1.4 / 85 GM (SEL-85Z)
  2. E: Sony FE 1.8 / 85 (SEL-85F18)
  3. E: Zeiss Sonnar 1.8 / 85 T * (Batis 1.8 / 85)
  4. A: Carl Zeiss Planar 1,4 / 85 ZA T * (Sony SAL85F14Z)
  5. A: Minolta AF 85mm 1: 1.4 (22) (AF lens 85) she is Minolta Maxxum, as well as Dynax, as well as G and G / RS and a few more subversion

Pentax (K mount)

  1. SMC Pentax-FA * 1: 1.4 85mm IF AUTO FOCUS PENTAX 85
  2. HD PENTAX-D FA * 85mm 1: 1.4 ED SDM AW

Contax (Contax N mount)

  1. Carl Zeiss Planar 1,4 / 85 T * (Contax)

Viltrox (different mounts)

  1. Viltrox PFU RBMH 85mm F1.8 STM (Fujifilm X, Sony E / FE)
  2. Viltrox AF 85 / 1.8 II XF STM ED IF (Fujifilm X, Sony E / FE, July 2020)
  3. Viltrox AF 85 / 1.8 Z STM ED IF (Nikon Z, Dec 2020)

Leica / Panasonic (L mount)

  1. LEICA APO-SUMMICRON-SL 1: 2/90 ASPH.
  2. Panasonic LUMIX S 1: 1.8 / 85mm

On the topic, I advise you to visit portrait lens selection page Among the Nikon Nikkor’s native autofocus lenses

Prices for the Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm F1.8D lens in popular stores can look at this link, or in the price block below:

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Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm F1.8D is an old but good portrait lens. A new version Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm 1: 1.8G IF SWM, which became a replacement for the Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm 1: 1.8D, is generally better than this old man.

Update: there was a review of an inexpensive alternative to this lens in the face YONGNUO 100 / 2.

The material was prepared by Arkady Shapoval. My Youtube channeland Radozhiva's group on Facebook и VK.

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Comments: 204, on the topic: Review Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm 1: 1.8D

  • Paul

    55-300 with D90 draws well portraits in nature ..., especially children from a distance ....

  • anonym

    The lens perfectly conveys all the beauty in the picture.

  • anonym

    +

    • anonym

      good build

  • Eugene

    good afternoon
    If the lens does not close a single aperture. How will this affect the sharpness and illumination of the photo on the open and closed aperture?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      There will be errors in exposure and crooked bokeh

  • Igor

    For the first time to the author of the site for such a brown site, so often before buying an object, I read here about a new one ... Taking a photograph on the crop D7000 and Nikkor 85mm 1: 1.8D ... The D700 is powered on a new Nikkor 85mm 1: 1.8D from the ripped edge to not from 2,0 but from 1,8 I can see ...

  • anonym

    Are they suitable for Nikon D3100

  • srdjan

    nikkor af 85mm f / 1.8d + nikon d200

    • Valery A.

      srdjan, thanks for the Florentomolo exhibition, which lens did you like best for this? Probably 70-300? Is there a favorite of them?

  • Paul

    Good afternoon. Nikon d5100 camera. When focusing with this lens, will the focus confirmation be displayed in the viewfinder as a green dot in the lower corner?

    • KalekseyG

      It is correct to write - in the lower layers of the coal horizons. Will be.

  • varezhkin

    I really liked the photos taken on the D80 and the lens from the review. such a gentle contrast and the rest, just like I love.

  • zengarden

    Advertise your channel? oh these anonymous already :)

  • anonym

    Good afternoon, what is the difference in Nikon 85mm 1.8d and 85mm 1.8 lenses? what is the first newer I know, but optically there are differences?

  • Vladimir

    Arkady, you are a SADIST, remove the girl naked in the cold, and only mittens from the clothes for polishing the car. BUT VERY BEAUTIFULLY DISCONTINUED. (LOTS-LOTS OF EMBLEMS)

  • Sergei

    Arkady, thanks for the work and time spent on tests and writing reviews.
    Tell me, with a modest budget and the same price for used 85 1.8D and 80-200 MK1, which of these two old men draws best on the same focal (85mm 2.8) and which is still preferable for a full frame for portraits and a leisurely report? THANKS!

    • Arkady Shapoval

      85 1.8 by 85 mm will be better. But it’s better to add money and take 80-200 MK2 or Tokin 80-200 ATX-PRO or Tamron 70-200 first versions

      • Sergei

        Thank you, I'll look for live MK2, because for Tokin there are double reviews in the comments to your review of Toktna, and Sigma and Tamron are more expensive.

        • Arkady Shapoval

          Write me in PM, if in Ukraine, there is a friend who sells MK2.

          • Sergei

            Of course, I'm looking for our nenya Ukraine, I'm not very sure about the quality from Ebey. I'll write to VK ...

          • Jury

            In Ukraine, there was a shortage of MK2? It seems that Fotika always sells them and there are ads on the alder. Share a secret, Arkady :)

            • Arkady Shapoval

              What is the secret?

              • Jury

                What is the secret of finding exactly the familiar MK2 seller?

      • anonym

        Please tell me, I have 80-200 microns, but I would have got it 2mm, should I take or not much difference? Thanks !!!

        • Arkady Shapoval

          The difference will be. To 80-200 in addition it is better 85 1.4d

  • R'RёS,R ° F "RёR№

    Hello everybody.
    Tell me, who knows what inexpensive analogue can replace Nikon 85 1.8d? So that autofocus is not stupid.

    • Boris

      The focus on the Nikon 85mm 1.8D is not stupid, it turns the motor in the camera. The price is affordable, it is difficult to find the same quality for the money.

    • Peter Sh.

      Moreover, in difficult conditions and poor light, this AF lens is better than all the other 85-Nikon.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Find 85 / 1.8D 85 / 1.8 MKI lucky.

      • R'RёS,R ° F "RёR№

        I look at many offers, but in the price range of 7000-8000. And the budget for such purchases is still in the range of 5000. I thought maybe there is some good Chinese for that kind of money.

        • Oleg

          In this price category there is yongnuo 100 mm f2. On this site there is a review of the version for Canon

        • Valentine

          Then it's better to wait. This one is worth the money. Unfortunately, the Chinese in terms of reviews and examples do not look very successful, but, for example, the 85-s from Sigma comes with F1,4 and expensive, like the native 85-s with a similar aperture. Manual Samyang F1,4 can be taken cheaper than this, but this is a completely different solution.

  • Valentin

    Filmed at 85 mm 1.8 G. There is no possibility to continue shooting. No lens - no problem :-) I bought the D-version yesterday. In my copy, which is made by the skillful hands of Thais, the worker can be safely considered a hole at 2.0-2.8. From 2.8 to 5.0, the sharpness is very pleasing to the eye. At 1.8 - a little soapy ... I made a small adjustment to the adjustment. The construction is very solid, after 1.8G it really pleases. According to the picture, yes, you can observe "almost nuts", it is not critical for me and everything is correctly described on this page. Today in the lightroom I displayed test pictures. I'm really happy. ..a little offtopic: drawing glass makes beautiful. Compared to the old 50mm 1.8 ... it differs ... I would say with a softer pattern. 50-sharp as a razor..even too often.

  • R'RёS,R ° F "RёR№

    Finally I took myself 85 1.8d. I will say that he does not have absolute sharpness at 1.8, not like a fifty dollars, but still. I also note that his thread for the filters is still plastic (correct, Arkady, please, because the review says metal.)

    • Arkady Shapoval

      No, he has a metal thread for the filter.

      • R'RёS,R ° F "RёR№

        Arkady, look carefully, please, really plastic.

        • Arkady Shapoval

          At the moment I do not have 85 / 1.8D on hand. If I personally check, of course I will.

          • R'RёS,R ° F "RёR№

            Arkady, I'm sorry, the thread is really metal. It’s just that the case itself is plastic, and there is a thread inside. Sorry, sorry.

            • Arkady Shapoval

              Everything is OK. The main thing is that they found the truth

  • R'RёS,R ° F "RёR№

    Tell me who knows the site, there is a very large database of photos on cameras and lenses with the prescribed shutter speed, aperture, ISO. The site is not Nashinsky. I can’t remember the address and the search engine does not offer anything suitable

    • Michael

      pixelpeeper

      • R'RёS,R ° F "RёR№

        Thank you for sure this site

  • Sergei

    Arkady needs advice. Fuji ZhT10 camera, which portrait lens with MF to choose. Nikon 85 1.8 D or Nikon 105 2.5 AI.

  • Sergei

    Such a question, can anyone come across the compatibility problem of this lens and the nikonD7100 carcass. Fee constantly gives an error, according to the settings one hundred percent everything is correct, I’ve killed it all day. It works only in one version, when on the manual, from any position, as if with acceleration, you set the aperture to min, this is 1,6. only then the error disappears for a second, in other cases the error always blinks. The lens and camera are also one hundred percent compatible.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Touch, pull the rheostat lever, perhaps even put a piece of paper between the hitch. Rheostat - this thing.

  • Oleg

    What glass do you recommend for Nikon F4S? I am somehow inclined to Nikon 85mm 1: 1.4D AF Nikkor. I think that it can be successfully used on my Nikon D750.

  • UstasFritZZZ

    Dear friends, experts!

    Please tell me, I am faced with the choice of a portrait (D7200 carcass, I rent it purely for myself, not commerce) and I want to buy an 85-ku, re-read articles, reviewed the video, but I did not hear specifically which version of the 85-k (D or G) would be better in terms of price and quality. I’m afraid to take a used D-ku, because I don’t know how to check it when buying, except for inspection and connection to the camera. Can anyone sell a good D-ku? Or dump 10k UAH for the G version, despite the fact that I will pull it out, God forbid, 10 times a year. Are both very lame? Maybe there are some differences in the assemblies? I beg for help. Thank you in advance!

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