If there has been one lens people have asked me about quite a bit in recent months it has been this one. The one decidedly ‘pro’ product from todays announcements will Im sure be in great demand. I will of course comment in more detail at a later date, but look forward to using this new lens. That said, even though it was designed twenty or so years ago, the existing 85mm f/1.4D AF is also a high quality lens, so if your in the market you are spoilt for choice.

AF-S NIKKOR 85MM F/1.4G: A LEGEND REBORN

RRP: £1499.99 / €1776

Sales start date: 2nd September 2010

Nikon UK today announces a new fast aperture medium-telephoto lens – the AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G. This lens supersedes the highly acclaimed 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.

Zurab Kiknadze, Product Manager Lenses, Accessories & Software, Nikon Europe says: “The new 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 D3S.”

Bokeh Master
The 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.

Leading Light
The 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.

Smooth Operator
The 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.

Tough Customer
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.

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

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