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Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Lens Announced

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Lens Announced - Nikon announce a new 85mm portrait lens with f/1.8 aperture.

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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.”

Classic character
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

Lens Mounts
  • Nikon AF
Focal Length85mm
Angle of View28
Max Aperturef/1.8
Min Aperturef/16
Filter Size67mm
35mm equivalent127mm
Internal focusingYes
Maximum magnificationNo Data
Min Focus80cm
Box Contents
Box ContentsLens hood HB-62, soft pouch CL-1015

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12 Jul 2012 3:37PM
Got it. Love it. Great for portrait work. Superb piece of glass.

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