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Nikon AF 85mm f/1.8 D
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2 4012 Sat November 24, 2007
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100% of reviewers 119.50 9.5

Description: Portable medium telephoto - ideal for portraits

Key Features

1. High-speed telephoto lens
2. RF (Rear Focus) technology for fast AF operation
3. Very compact and light
4. Ideal for indoor or outdoor portrait shooting
Keywords: Nikon AF 85mm f/1.8 D lens Nikkor

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Registered: February 2006
Location: Surbiton Surrey
Posts: 1147
Review Date: Fri October 13, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: 180.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Lens speed, image quality and build quality.
Cons: Noisy (none IF) AF, focusing ring is fiddly and turns under AF.

A good value lens that easily fills a gap in most kit bags. If you are a portrait specialist then this lens is not for you, also if you regularly take pictures in low light again the 1.4 85mm or 50 will be higher on your list. But if like me 2.8 zooms and tele lenses are fast enough for 95% of your work and you don't work much in a studio then used or new this represents great value and produces good results. Its sharp and because of the bright image manages to focus very fast despite having no internal motor.

On a digital SLR it allows you to be a good distance from the subject when used as a portrait lens and can throw the background out of focus with a quite pleasing bokeh. It also performs well in low light situations (being a 127mm 1.8 equivalent) like a theatre but the noisy AF may prove annoying.

It handles well except for the fact the focusing ring doesn't disengage when in AF. Its well made robust and optically sound. I would buy it again and it would be good value at more than I paid for it. Not many lenses you can say that about.
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j sotelo
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Registered: November 2006
Location: San Diego, Ca. Where the Surf meets the Turf
Posts: 3234
Review Date: Sat November 24, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: 59.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharpness, color rendition, speed, price
Cons: a bit noisy, a bit heavy

An excellent choice for your first telephoto lens.

I like the fact that focuses at 36 inches. It's a good compact for a telephoto lens.
I also tried a 1.4 and found the 1.8 a little more sharp IMO. The hood is metal so didnt have to put a UV filter to protect it.
It has no distortion.
Its sharp at every aperture, and especially at f/1.8.
I get great portraits from this lens.
overall..I would highly recomend it especially for portraits.!
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