Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G

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Nikon announcement of the new AF-S 85mm f/1.4G with the following improvements over the precedent “D” model:

Key Features

  • Fast 85mm lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.4
  • Newly developed optical system realizes high picture quality and high performance
  • Nano Crystal Coat virtually eliminates internal lens element reflections to effectively reduce ghost and flare
  • Refined MF driving mechanism reduces focus time lag and improves operational ease in M/A mode
  • With the internal focusing (IF) system, the lens barrel length does not change during focusing

Here is a comparison between the Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.4G and AF 85mm f/1.4D

Nikon AF 85mm f/1.4G

Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.4D

Focal length: 85mm

Maximum aperture: f/1.4

Minimum aperture: f/16

Lens construction: 10 elements in 9 groups (with Nano Crystal Coat)

Angle of view: 28°30’ (18°50’ with Nikon DX format)

Minimum focus distance: 0.85 m/2.79 ft.

Maximum reproduction ratio: 0.12x

No. of diaphragm blades: 9 (rounded)

Filter-attachment size :77mm

Diameter x length

(extension from lens mount):
Approximately 86.5 x 84 mm/3.4 x 3.3 in.

Weight: Approximately 595 g/21.0 oz.

Supplied accessories: 7mm Snap-on Front Lens Cap LC-77, Rear Lens Cap LF-1, Bayonet Hood HB-55, Flexible Lens Pouch CL-1118

Focal length: 85mm

Maximum aperture: f/1.4

Minimum aperture: f/16

Lens construction: 9 elements in 8 groups

Picture angle: 28°30′ [18°50′ with Nikon digital cameras (Nikon DX format)]

Closest focusing distance: 0.85/2.8

Maximum reproduction ratio: 1/8.8

No. of diaphragm blades: 9 (rounded)

Filter/attachment size: 77mm

Diameter x length

(extension from lens mount):
Appproximately 80 x 72.5mm/3.1 x 2.9 in.

Weight: Approximately 550 g/19.4 oz.

Supplied accessories: 77mm Snap-on front lens cap, Rear lens cap LF-1, Screw-in Hood HN-31


Some wedding shots with the new 85mm f/1.4 test drive by Cliff Mautner

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avatar Maria at Lone Star Lens says:

I just bought the f/1.4D lens a month ago. Go figure! Not that I would have necessarily spent the extra $500 on this newer lens but it would have been nice to have the option. :( But the D lens is still fantastic. Thanks for the comparison, so I will know what I am missing :)

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