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NIKKOR AF-S 85MM F/1.4G

A Legendary Lens Updated

Nikon’s legendary 85mm f/1.4 lens has undergone a complete update. Designed as the ultimate portrait lens, the 85mm f/1.4G is that and more. It’s a tack-sharp telephoto lens that works splendidly in low light and has great bokeh when used wide open. New to the AF-S 85mm f/1.4G is a totally new optical design, with Nano Crystal Coat and Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor (SWM), making it not only sharper than its predecessor but also quicker and quieter.

The lens is designed to work on FX bodies but works very well on DX bodies, with the crop factor giving even tighter compositions. The SWM allows you to reach up and take control of the focus quickly and smoothly without fumbling for the manual switch, which can be the difference of refining focus in time to capture a spontaneous moment. The rounded 9-blade diaphragm provides a smooth, out-of-focus background while making your subject pop. Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat helps to reduce ghosting and flare in tough lighting conditions. The 77mm filter size is consistent with many other pro Nikon lenses, which allows me to carry one set of filters in the field.

Its magnesium construction and weather sealing allows you to shoot in even the most adverse conditions with confidence. Incorporating Internal Focus (IF) in its design is a benefit to users as there are no external moving parts, which means you don’t have to worry about pulling moisture into the lens in wet conditions, and you can use a polarizing filter without having to constantly readjust it as the lens focuses. Overall, this is one beautiful lens that is a must have for the discerning portrait photographer or anyone in need of a fast medium telephoto.

Company: Nikon Inc.
Price: $1,699.95
Web: www.nikonusa.com
Rating: 5
Hot: Tack sharp with excellent bokeh
Not: The price puts a dent in your pocketbook

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