Nikon Nikkor 85mm F/1.8 Review – With Sample Photos

Nikon Nikkor 85mm F/1.8 Review – With Sample Photos


Hey Youtube what’s up? This is Ben from Should
I Get It.com and in this video we’re gonna be doing a review of the Nikon Nikkor 85mm
F/1.8 lens. I’ll start this review by saying that I am filming this on a Canon T2i with
the Nikon 85mm lens. So I used a photodiox Nikon to EOS adapter and right now what you’re
seeing is the 85 at F/3.2 at 1/80th of a second with a 1.6x crop so I just wanted to let you
guys know that. Photo quality on this lens is phenomenal. I bought this lens to add it
to my two other lenses. I have my 18-50mm F/2.8 and the 50mm F/1.8 and this is just
such a great lens for the price. It’s definitely my primary headshot and portrait lens. Shoot
a lot of events with this actually, this is my telephoto that I use there since my max
range was a 50 before. And this lens is just extremely sharp, the autofocus is super fast
and it’s really nice that you have that manual focus override ring right on the lens. Now
it’s a big piece of glass, pretty sure it’s a 67mm thread. It is a little bit heavy so
I would recommend having a vertical grip if you’re gonna use this lens but if you’re using
a lens like this you probably already have one or you’re using a pro body which should
weigh it out pretty nicely. The lens itself isn’t super special, it doesn’t have nanocoating,
doesn’t have any of that special stuff BUT it is a very quick lens. It’s an F/1.8 85mil
you guys know that by the title. The zooming is really fast and the manual focus is really
smooth, I love the focus ring on this lens. So I’m just gonna show you some images here
and it works very well in natural light and the lens hood provides good protection from
lens flare and you can actually get really nice flares with this lens which I like because
I like having some contrasty images with lens flare in there sometimes. Not always but it
is nice to have. As you can see in these headshots, the eyes are really crisp and sharp. You can
see a lot of detail and color and this lens is just phenomenal. The only thing that I
don’t like about this lens is that sometimes it has a few focusing issues but I think that’s
more of my body. I’m shooting with a Nikon D90. Otherwise it’s a very quick lens, I would
recommend you go to your local camera shop, try it out and if you like the lens in there,
if you like the focusing speed, GET IT! It is a great tool to have. I’ve tried the 85
1.4. I wouldn’t say that it’s worth that huge price jump. I’d rather get an 85mm and a 50mm
or an 85 and a 35.

14 thoughts on “Nikon Nikkor 85mm F/1.8 Review – With Sample Photos

  1. Nice photo work! I shoot with the canon version, I went with it over the 85mm 1.2 for the amazing focus speed.

  2. Talk to me kid…I have a Nikon d3200 and with that I have the Nikon 35mm f 1.8g, 50 , 50 mm F1.8 g, 50 mm F1.8 D, 17-55 F2.8 mm, 18-200 mm,Tokina 11-16 mm F2.8…I am a novice, photos of daughter/wife, events around town and air plane shots, but thoroughly enjoy all the lenses listed.

    Should I get the 85 mm F1.8g eventually or the Rokinon F1.4 ?

    Great video by the way.

  3. I used the 85mm f/1.4 D IF for 16 years and is razor sharp on f/1.4 with the Nikon D3s. The lens is build as a TANK.

  4. One very important point the Nikon 85mm f1.8G is a very slow focuser and of all the Nikon 85mm's it's the slowest to focus, even the Nikon 85mm f1.8D out focuses the Nikon 85mm f1.8G lens. So don't be surprised when you get this lens and you are waiting on the lens to focus you have been warned.

  5. Nice video. I'm too close to buy the nikon d3300, can i use this lens?, i'm interested to do portrait works, do you think that i gonna get good shots whit ir?

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