Nikon has announced the new Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G Lens, with an RRP of: £469.99 / €554.00, and an expected sales start date of the 22nd March 2012 (tbc). We went hands on with the new lens when we had a look at the new Nikon D4
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From Nikon: London, UK, 6th January 12:
Nikon today announces a new fast aperture medium-telephoto lens – the AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G.
The combination of the classic focal length, large (f/1.8) aperture and re-designed optical system that meets the requirements of today’s D-SLRs, delivers superb image quality whilst offering photographers an affordable way to take advantage of Nikon’s rich legacy of renowned 85mm NIKKOR optics.
Kentaro Kusakari, Product Planning Manager, Nikon UK says: “This new lens is ideal for photographers looking to experience the benefits of a fast medium-telephoto lens, whether they are shooting portraits in a studio or on location making the most of natural light.”
The classic 85 mm focal length allows for tight head and shoulder shots with extreme detail. The fast f/1.8 aperture perfectly balances sharpness and bokeh, so you can single out subjects beautifully, and it provides a bright viewfinder image that makes it easier to compose your shots. An excellent choice when shooting in low light, the fast aperture also helps you shoot with available light and still capture striking, sharp images.
New optical design
The new 85mm f1.8 lens is an ideal portrait lens that features an all-new optical design that has been optimised to meet the requirements of today’s D-SLRs. Compromising 9 elements in 9 groups, it offers superb image quality and makes an attractive choice for videographers. The dedicated Silent Wave Motor (SWM) ensures discreet but accurate autofocus.
Weighing in at only 350 grams, this weather-sealed compact new 85mm lens is lighter than its predecessors. Compatible with Nikon FX-format D-SLRs, it offers a 127.5mm (equivalent) focal length when used with Nikon DX-format D-SLRs, and is fully compatible with entry level D-SLRs that do not have a built in autofocus motor.
The lens is supplied with a lens hood HB-62, and a soft pouch CL-1015.
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Specifications
|Angle of View||28°|
|Box Contents||Lens hood HB-62, soft pouch CL-1015|
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