Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.8G £400/$480

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Like the Nikon 50mm f/1.8, this is the small­est and light­est lens in its class, mea­sur­ing just 80mm long and weigh­ing in at a mod­est 350g.

Fur­ther sim­i­lar­i­ties with the 50mm f/1.8 in­clude the fact that it fea­tures a seven-blade di­aphragm, whereas all of the other lenses on test have nineblade di­aphragms. Build qual­ity feels much the same, too, down to the weather-sealed mount­ing plate, and the in­clu­sion of a sin­gle as­pher­i­cal el­e­ment.


Aut­o­fo­cus is faster than in the both of Nikon’s 50mm lenses, thanks in part to the fact that it in­volves the move­ment of the smaller rear el­e­ments, rather than the larger front ones. It’s su­perbly sharp, even shoot­ing wide open, al­though nat­u­rally the aper­ture doesn’t go as wide as in the f/1.4 lenses. Vi­gnetting is more no­tice­able than in the big­ger Nikon 85mm f/1.4 lens and, while bokeh is beau­ti­fully soft, stop­ping down gives spec­u­lar high­lights a hep­tag­o­nal ap­pear­ance – a con­se­quence of the di­aphragm hav­ing seven rather than nine blades.

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