Nikkor AF-S 85mm f/1.8 G (FX) - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
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Sample Shots

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Focal Length85.0mm
Aperture:f/5.0
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Focal Length85.0mm
Aperture:f/6.3
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Focal Length85.0mm
Aperture:f/2.8
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Focal Length85.0mm
Aperture:f/2.5
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Focal Length85.0mm
Aperture:f/3.5
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Focal Length85.0mm
Aperture:f/7.1
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Focal Length85.0mm
Aperture:f/7.1
Exposure1/640s

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ISO Speed100
Focal Length85.0mm
Aperture:f/2.8
Exposure1/2500s

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ISO Speed100
Focal Length85.0mm
Aperture:f/8.0
Exposure1/250s

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ISO Speed100
Focal Length85.0mm
Aperture:f/4.0
Exposure1/320s

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ISO Speed100
Focal Length85.0mm
Aperture:f/1.8
Exposure1/8000s

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Focal Length85.0mm
Aperture:f/5.6
Exposure1/1600s

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Focal Length85.0mm
Aperture:f/5.6
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Focal Length85.0mm
Aperture:f/3.5
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Focal Length85.0mm
Aperture:f/4.0
Exposure1/1250s

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Focal Length85.0mm
Aperture:f/5.6
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ISO Speed100
Focal Length85.0mm
Aperture:f/4.0
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Focal Length85.0mm
Aperture:f/4.5
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Focal Length85.0mm
Aperture:f/5.6
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Focal Length85.0mm
Aperture:f/6.3
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Verdict

The Nikkor AF-S 85mm f/1.8 G is an excellent lens that performs on a very high level in almost every regard. Sharpness is on a very high level in the image center straight from the largest aperture, the borders and corners deliver very good resolution throughout the tested aperture range.

Typical for a fast prime there is pronounced vignetting wide open, which can easily be cured by stopping down. The same applies to Bokeh fringing. CAs and distortion are very well controlled though. The biggest surprise is probably the bokeh quality, which is not right up there on the benchmark level set by 85mm f/1.4 lenses, but quite close.

The build quality is on a high level and in line with other Nikon consumer prime offerings. Thanks to an AF-S drive autofocus action is virtually silent and quite fast for a portrait lens.

So, in summary, for most subjects the lens performs very similar to faster 85/1.4 lenses, but at a fraction of the price. Certainly highly recommended!

Optical Quality:    
★★★★★
Mechanical Quality:
★★★★★
Price/Performance:
★★★★★

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