Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 85mm 1: 3.5G ED VR SWM IF Micro1: 1 review

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Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 85mm 1: 3.5G ED VR SWM IF Micro1: 1 review

Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 85mm 1: 3.5G ED VR SWM IF Micro1: 1 review

Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 85mm 1: 3.5G ED VR SWM IF Micro1: 1 has a very long name, so in this review I will refer to it as 'Nikon Micro 85 / 3.5 VR'. The lens is one of two macro lenses specially designed for use on crop cameras Nikon DX... Another macro lens is Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 40mm 1: 2.8G.

The lens has a small front lens and on the camera looks like lens changer - as if it was put on the camera backwards, but if you put on a hood on the Nikon Micro 85 / 3.5 VR, it turns into a regular fix.

Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 85mm 1: 3.5G ED VR SWM IF Micro1: 1 review

Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 85mm 1: 3.5G ED VR SWM IF Micro1: 1 Front Lens with SIC Coating

Nikon Micro 85 / 3.5 VR has a built-in focus motor and will work on all Nikon SLR cameras, even the most 'simple' ones. Unlike a huge number of full-format macro lenses, Nikon Micro 85 / 3.5 VR has internal focus. When focusing, neither the front nor the rear lens rotates, and the trunk does not lengthen. At first, I was very upset by the lack of a focusing distance limiter, which is present in most macro lenses, but the speed of the automatic focusing system was quite enough to more or less comfortably shoot both ordinary scenes and macro. The focusing speed itself is average, only slightly less than the full-size Nikon 105mm f / 2.8 VR G Micro-NIKKOR in the 'Full' mode (if you compare the focusing time from infinity to MDF and vice versa).

Also on the lens barrel you can find the 'M / A - M' focus switch. In the 'M / A' mode, automatic focusing with manual priority works, how to use it is described in the section on 'M / A mode'. The Nikon Micro 85 / 3.5 VR has a large rubberized focusing ring that rotates approximately 120 degrees in the active position. I didn't have enough ring travel for easy focusing, especially at long distances. On the lens focusing distance scale, infinity begins immediately after 1 meter. The distance scale is aligned with the macro scale.

Main technical specifications of the Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 85mm 1: 3.5G ED VR SWM IF Micro 1: 1

Review Instance Name Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 85mm 1: 3.5G ED VR SWM IF Micro1: 1 2034882
Basic properties
Front Filter Diameter 52 mm, plastic thread for filters
Focal length 85 mm Equivalent Focal Length (EGF) for cameras Nikon DX is 127.5 mm.
Zoom ratio 1 X (this is a fixed lens, it does not have a zoom)
Designed by for Nikon DX digital cameras (with APS-C sensor)
Number of aperture blades 9 rounded pieces
Labels mount bayonet mount and hood mounts, focus distance scale in meters and feet, magnification scale from 1:10 to 1: 1
Diaphragm F / 3.5 to F / 22, without aperture ring.
MDF 0.286 m, maximum magnification ratio 1: 1
The weight 355 g
Optical design 14 elements in 10 groups. The scheme includes 1 low dispersion element (shown in yellow on the optical scheme). The presence of such elements is indicated on the body by the abbreviation 'ED'.

Optical design Nikon 85mm f / 3.5G ED VR AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor

Scheme is increased by click

Lens hood Nikon HB-37, bayonet type, plastic, comes standard. Lenses use the same lens hood:

Manufacturer country MADE IN CHINA (Made in China)
Period From October 2009 to the present
Instruction View ->
3d view View ->
Price

Nikon Micro 85 / 3.5 VR has a wonderful built-in image stabilizer... and the 'VR ON - OFF' switch. When the stabilization mechanism is turned on and off, the lens produces a sound like a clicking sound. The stabilizer works very well. True, for macro photography, very tight apertures are usually required, and no stabilizer will help. I don't know why, but no one mentions the fact that the stabilizer in the Nikon Micro 85 / 3.5 VR eliminates the 'jerking' of the image in the optical viewfinder. Due to the specifics of its work, Nikon Micro 85 / 3.5 VR suffers a lot. 'lack of Hollywood focus', which is why the picture in JVI when working in macro mode, it twitches very much. We can say that in macro mode, the 'wiggle' effect is enhanced.

Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 85mm 1: 3.5G ED VR SWM IF Micro1: 1

Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 85mm 1: 3.5G ED VR SWM IF Micro1: 1. Side view.

For a fixed lens, the Nikon Micro 85 / 3.5 VR has a weak aperture. As well as other macro lenses, for example Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 105mm 1: 2.8DThe Nikon Micro 85 / 3.5 VR changes the minimum F-number when focusing. When the lens is focused on infinity, you can actually use the F / 3.5 value, but as soon as the lens begins to focus towards the minimum focusing distance, the F value rises, and on the MDF (about 29 cm) it becomes equal to F / 5.3.

Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 85mm 1: 3.5G ED VR SWM IF Micro1: 1

Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 85mm 1: 3.5G ED VR SWM IF Micro1: 1 rear view. Metal lens mount

The lens comes with a sturdy plastic lens hood HB-37. The lens hood snaps into place using special slots. In macro photography with the built-in flash, the lens hood casts a shadow in the photo. The hood can be worn backwards and always carried with you, although in this position it completely blocks access to the lens focus ring.

Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 85mm 1: 3.5G ED VR SWM IF Micro1: 1

Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 85mm 1: 3.5G ED VR SWM IF Micro 1: 1 with a fitted hood

Nikon Micro 85 / 3.5 VR manufactured in China since October 2009... The assembly is not bad, I did not find any complaints about its quality. Everything is in its place - a lot of plastic, but with a metal mount, which is quite justified for the price tag of the lens.

Optical design Nikon 85mm f / 3.5G ED VR AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor

Optical design of the Nikon 85mm f / 3.5G ED VR AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor. Yellow indicates an element made of ED glass.


Nikon's official website shows pretty pretty MTF chart. In practice, I did not notice any serious flaws in the image quality.

The parameters shown in the photo gallery:
Everything is filmed on Nikon D80 and Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 85mm 1: 3.5G ED VR SWM IF Micro1: 1 using protective filter Hoya HMC UV (c) 52mm. On-camera JPEG L Fine. Noise reduction at slow shutter speeds and noise reduction at high ISO were turned off. Everything was shot in N (Neutral) Picture Control. Was used white balance: 'Flash' and 'Auto'. The size of the photos was reduced to 3 MP.

Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 85mm 1: 3.5G ED VR SWM IF Micro1: 1

Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 85mm 1: 3.5G ED VR SWM IF Micro1: 1 on ZK

Prices for the Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 85mm 1: 3.5G ED VR SWM IF Micro1: 1 lens in popular stores can look at this link, or in the price block below:

All autofocus MICRO / MC NIKKOR lenses

Z-mount FX:

  1. Nikon Nikkor Z MC 50 mm 1: 2.8 S
  2. Nikon Nikkor Z MC 105 mm 1: 2.8 VR S

F-mount FX:

  1. Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 50 mm 1:2.8 R-UW
  2. Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 55 mm 1:2.8
  3. Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 60 mm 1:2.8
  4. Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 60 mm 1: 2.8D
  5. Nikon N AF-S Micro Nikkor 60 mm 1: 2.8G SWM ED IF Aspherical Nano Crystal Coat (Japan or Thailand)
  6. Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 105 mm 1:2.8
  7. Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 105 mm 1: 2.8D
  8. Nikon N AF-S Micro Nikkor 105 mm 1: 2.8G ED VR SWM IF Micro 1: 1 Nano Crystal Coat (Japan or China)
  9. Nikon ED AF Micro Nikkor 200 mm 1: 4D
  10. Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 70-180 mm 1: 4.5-5.6D ED

F-mount DX:

  1. Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 40 mm 1: 2.8G SWM
  2. Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 85 mm 1: 3.5G ED VR SWM IF Micro 1: 1

An accurate list of all Nikon DX Nikkor lenses

  1. 10.5 mm/ 2.8G AF Fisheye [gold ring]
  2. 35 mm/1.8G AF-S
  3. 40 mm/2.8G AF-S Microphone
  4. 85 mm/3.5G AF-S VR Microphone
  5. 10-20 mm/4.5-5.6G AF-P VR
  6. 10-24 mm/3.5-4.5G AF-S
  7. 12-24 mm/4G AF-S [gold ring]
  8. 16-80 mm/ 2.8-4IN AF-S VR [gold ring]
  9. 16-85 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR
  10. 17-55 mm/2.8G AF-S [gold ring]
  11. 18-55 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S [black / silver]
  12. 18-55 mm/3.5-5.6GII AF-S [black / silver]
  13. 18-55 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR
  14. 18-55 mm/3.5-5.6GII AF-S VR
  15. 18-55 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-P
  16. 18-55 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-P VR
  17. 18-70 mm/3.5-4.5G AF-S
  18. 18-105 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR [Thailand / China]
  19. 18-135 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S
  20. 18-140 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR [Thailand / China]
  21. 18-200 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR [Japan / China]
  22. 18-200 mm/3.5-5.6GII AF-S VR
  23. 18-300 mm/3.5-5.6G VR
  24. 18-300 mm/3.5-6.3G VR
  25. 55-200 mm/4-5.6G AF-S [black / silver, Japan / China]
  26. 55-200 mm/4-5.6G AF-S VR
  27. 55-200 mm/4-5.6GII ED VR
  28. 55-300 mm/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR
  29. 70-300 mm/4.5-6.3G AF-P
  30. 70-300 mm/4.5-6.3G AF-P VR

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Results

Surprisingly, the not very expensive Nikon Micro 85 / 3.5 VR turned out to be a solid lens. It has everything you need for comfortable operation - internal focusing, image stabilization, light weight, metal lens mount and true macro mode with 1: 1 magnification. It's also a sin to complain about the image quality.

Please note that macro photography is a rather tricky area. Even with a dedicated lens like this, it is sometimes difficult to get a good shot. A lot of users often catch the idea of ​​macro photography, but as it comes down to it, there are many frustrations when faced with a number of difficulties. First of all, difficulties are associated with a small depth of field and a constant lack of light when shooting with a closed aperture. So think carefully - do you need a special macro lens? To do this, I advise you to familiarize yourself with the features of macro photography using macro rings for any of your lenses, and then think about the need to purchase a specialized macro lens.

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Comments: 93, on the topic: Review of the Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 85mm 1: 3.5G ED VR SWM IF Micro1: 1

  • Artem

    Do you plan to review a 85 pc-e micro?

  • Makunochimaster

    With such used prices it’s better to take Tamron 90

  • Hope

    Can you please tell me if this lens is suitable for shooting objects - small toys (14-20 cm) and shooting from a hand - when I hold a detail on one hand and shoot with the other? I plan to shoot knitting master classes (small parts) and ready-made toys in the interior. I can NOT make up my mind.

  • Novel

    Please tell me how this lens is suitable for shooting portraits of people?

    • Novel

      Arkady, hello.
      I would like to hear your opinion on this issue.
      After all, this is the only fix. A DX lens that has a focal length suitable for portrait photography. If you take into account that in real portraiturers it’s still rare to shoot with aperture 1.4, they usually clamp to 3, it seems that this fix is ​​a good option. It is macro, and therefore quite sharp at its 3.5. What do you think about this? I ask because I choose a relatively inexpensive, but good portrait for my Nikon D40 + Fuji S5pro. Autofocus is desirable, but manual is also possible.
      P.S. Here is a review: http://101tema.ru/micro_nikkor_85_3.5.

      • Trueash

        There is a carriage of FX lenses that no one forbids using on the crop

  • mojst

    It remains a mystery to place a link to the Russian ruble page. https://www.e-katalog.ru/prices/nikon-85mm-f-3-5g-ed-vr-af-s-dx-micro-nikkor/

    • Arkady Shapoval

      And you click on it, if it is Ukraine, then it will automatically transfer to ek.ua

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