Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.4G
Nikon’s 85mm lens is relatively compact and lightweight. Even so, it boasts a fast f/1.4 aperture and plenty of upmarket finery: for example, it’s the only Nikon lens on test to feature nano structure coatings and, unlike both of Nikon’s f/1.8 lenses, it has a nine-blade diaphragm for more rounded apertures.
Less complex than the Sigma and Tamron 85mm lenses on test, the Nikon features just 10 optical elements. That’s only one more than in the much less expensive Nikon 85mm f/1.8 lens, but the forward elements are considerably larger, and the filter thread is bumped up from 67mm to 77mm. Build quality is of a fully pro standard.
Although it drops off a little at f/1.4, sharpness is impressive throughout the rest of the aperture range. Even so, it’s mostly matched by Nikon’s much cheaper 85mm f/1.8 lens. Colour fringing, meanwhile, proved slightly worse than in the f/1.8, while coma was about the same. However, vignetting was less noticeable, and bokeh was better when stopping down.