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Nikon AF-S 85mm lens

Dennis Hissink
Photokina report
Wednesday 1st, September 2010
Posted by: Dennis Hissink

Report Photokina 2010 - Nikon announces a new fast aperture medium-telephoto lens - the AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G. This lens supersedes the highly acclaimed Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D IF with a totally new optical design, Silent Wave Motor (SWM) and Nano Crystal Coat, making it the essential choice for today’s portrait and fashion photographer. This lens continues the rich legacy of Nikkor 85mm optics and reflects Nikon’s continuing dedication to optical innovation. The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G is designed to be the ultimate optic for professional portraiture. The fast f/1.4 aperture provides excellent subject-background separation, whilst the rounded nine-blade diaphragm renders stunning bokeh with smooth out of focus areas.

Nikon AF-S 85mm lens

Nikon AF-S 85mm lens
Zurab Kiknadze, Product Manager Lenses, Accessories & Software, Nikon Europe says: "The new Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G takes portraiture to another level. Lenses like this encapsulate what the Nikkor brand stands for: amazing contrast and resolution, with unique bokeh qualities.” He added: “We think it will set a new benchmark for stills photographers as well as the growing army of videographers using D-SLRs like the Nikon D3S."

Nikon AF-S 85mm specifications
• 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)
• Closest focus distance : 0.85m (2.79ft)
• Max reproduction ratio : 0.12x
• Diaphragm blades : 9 (rounded)
• Focusing : AF with built in SWM and Manual focus
• Filter/attachment size : 77mm
• Diameter x length : Approx. 86.5 x 84mm / 3.4 x 3.3in
• Weight : Approx. 595g / 21.0oz

Nikon AF-S 85mm lens

Nikon AF-S 85mm lens with Silent Wave Motor
The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G features a newly-developed optical system with 10 elements in 9 groups and incorporates Nikon’s exclusive anti-reflection Nano Crystal coat, drastically reducing ghosting and flare to deliver rich, high contrast images even under the most testing lighting conditions. The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G features a dedicated Silent Wave Motor (SWM) to ensure quiet and accurate focusing. The gearing mechanism has been refined to offer extremely smooth operation when using Manual focus.

Nikon AF-S 85mm lens

Nikon AF-S 85mm lens with magnesium body
As you would expect, the lens has the tough Nikkor magnesium body and sealing against moisture and dust to continue working in the toughest of shooting conditions. Weighing in at 595g, it balances well on Nikon’s advanced and professional D-SLRs like the D700 and D3 series cameras. The lens is supplied with a hood HB-55 and a soft pouch. The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G is available from September 2nd 2010 for an estimated retail price of €1649,-.

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