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Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.8G

In my hands courtesy of B&H Photo is the new Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.8G.

I own the 85mm f/1.4G, and I plan to test it against the 85/1.8G, but I am deferring testing until the arrival of the Nikon D800, which I hope to receive on April 5th.

At about $500, the 85/1.8G is far less costly than the ~$1700 85/1.4G. Yet it might end up performing nearly as well, since an f/1.8 lens is much easier to design and construct than a f/1.4 lens.

Check in-stock status at B&H Photo on my Nikon gear page.

Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.8G
Focal length: 85mm
Aperture scale: f/1.8 - f/16
Angular field: 28° diagonally
Reproduction ratio: 1:8.3
Minimum focus distance of 2.62' feet = 0.8m
Number of elements/groups: 9 elements in 9 groups
Filter size: 67mm
Weight (as actually weighed): 418g with lens hood and front and rear caps
350g (lens alone)
(Diameter x Length)
3.1 X 2.9 inches
80 X 73 mm
Diaphragm blades: 7
Supplied accessories LC-6 Snap-on Front Lens Cap
HB-62 Bayonet Lens Hood
LF-4 Rear Lens Cap
CL-1015 Semi-soft Lens Case
Other: internal focusing, AF-S auto/manual


Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.8G

The MTF chart looks promising. But Nikon provides MTF only for f/1.8, wide open, and this is 10/30 line pairs per mm (a bit silly). Zeiss and Leica provide 40 line pairs/mm, a much higher bar.

MTF for Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.8G

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