Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D

Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D

The Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D is a classic portrait lens designed for Full Frame (135 Format) camera. The focal length offers a nice working distance from the model to offer a flattering perspective, but how does this lens stand up on the test charts?

Build and Handling

The Nikon 85mm f/1.8D lens is well built, but not top of the line. It has a metal mount with plastic outer barrel. The lens has a rear focus group and the front remains stationary during focusing, so polarizers can be used without issue. The lens is a little bulky, but not much larger than it needs to be to support the glass.

The lens uses screw drive focus and has a marked distance scale covered with clear plastic. The focus ring is okay, but not well damped as typical of this vintage of lens.

The aperture has 9 blades, but unfortunately they are straight when stopped down so out of focus specular highlights appear as polygons.

The lens is a 6 element, 6 group design, with a minimum focus distance of 0.85m (2.8 ft). The filter threads are 62mm and the lens is fairly dense at 380g (13.4 oz).

So how does this lens perform on a full frame camera? Read the next page to find out.

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