1. Nikon isn’t wasting any time to be the first digital photography manufacturer with announcements of major new pieces of equipment during the first days of 2012. As well as the D4 DSLR camera (see article link below), a new FX lens was also introduced on January 6. It is the AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G, which is meant to replace the old f/1.8D.
Read real customer reviews of the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G Lens here.
2. This medium telephoto lens is a perfect choice for enthusiasts and pros shooting portraits, street photography, nature, architecture and many other types of subject matter and assignments. On a DX-format DSLR, the lens’ field of view expands to 127mm.
3. This lens’ fast aperture of f/1.8 also expands every photographer’s shooting opportunities into low-light situations that would otherwise be unavailable with a slower lens.
4. As an internal-focus lens, the people at Nikon are able to make the NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G a trim, lightweight package that weighs only 12.4 oz. (350g). The length of the lens doesn’t change during focus operation, maintaining its 2.9 inches (73mm). The diameter of the 85mm is 3.1 inches (80mm). Internal focus also allows for a much shorter minimum focus distance of only 2.62 feet (79.85cm).
5. For portrait work and other subject matter, the new Nikon 85mm f/1.8G lens must have a highly precise and incredibly quiet auto-focus system. This lens delivers just that with Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor (SWM). This professional-grade auto-focus technology doesn’t disturb the shooting environment as it also operates at a high speed with consistent accuracy.
6. Despite the technological and photographic benefits of auto-focus, serious photographers and pros still want to take control of the focus function at a moment’s notice and without hesitation. The M/A mode in the new Nikon 85mm f/1.8G gives photographers that control with an easy and quick means to move from auto-focus to manual almost immediately, whether they are shooting in one AF mode or another, or the AF servo is operating.
7. Nikon has built this lens with 9 elements in 9 groups and has applied its Super Integrated Coating (SIC). Not only does this result in virtually non-existent ghosting and flares, but also maintains an excellent color consistency while reducing reflections.
8. The Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.8G lens is also the right choice for casual or professional portraits outdoors. Its bokeh, or quality of the background blur, gives each image an amazing dimensionality helping to lift and isolate subject matter to make it more interesting and viewable.
9. The Nikon 85mm accepts threaded, 67mm filters and comes with a snap-on front lens cap, rear lens cap, bayonet lens hood and a semi-soft lens case.
10. According to the B&H Photo Video Web site, an arrival date for the new Nikon 85mm f/1.6G lens was not known as of January 6, 2012. It’s priced at $499.95 at http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/838798-REG/Nikon_2201_AF_S_NIKKOR_85mm_f_1_8G.html
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