The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm ƒ/1.4G is a short telephoto prime designed for Nikon’s FX full-frame F-mount DSLRs. And it’s not to be confused with the 85mm ƒ/1.8G, which is sold at a significantly lower price and is a less refined lens overall.
It’s surprisingly compact. So as much as it’s probably aimed more at portrait and wedding photographers, it’s also a viable option to include in a travel photography kit. And that’s exactly how I’ve been using it.
I’ve previously posted my hands-on review of this lens, which you can find here. But here’s a selection of sample images I’ve taken with.
Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.4G Lens Sample Photos
For a closer look, you can click on each image for a higher-resolution version.
Nikon has a number of other lenses around the 85mm focal length, including:
- Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.8G. This retails for around a third of the price of the ƒ/1.4 (and you can get some even lower prices used). It’s a good lens, but it there is quite a difference in terms of build and performance between the two. But if you’re baulking at the price of the 1.4 and are willing to compromise a little, the ƒ/1.8 is well work a look.
- Nikon AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm ƒ/3.5G ED VR. This is designed for Nikon DX bodies. It also has macro and built-in vibration reduction. And, of course, it’s quite a bit slower.
- Nikon Z 85mm ƒ/1.8 S. If you’re shooting on a Nikon mirrorless camera, there’s now a native Z 85mm lens. It’s a little slower than the ƒ/1.8, but it features excellent optics and is priced very competitively. (You can also use the AF-S version on a Z body with the FTZ adapter).
Price & Availability of the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G Lens
Nikon has set the MSRP of this lens at $1599, but it has been out for a while now, and you can often find it for significantly less than that, both new and used.
This lens has been out for quite some time now–since 2010–so they’re pretty easy to find on the used market. Some good places to look include:
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