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The Nikon 85mm f/1.4 Nikkor AIS lens was formally introduced in September of 1981. It is fastest telephoto in the Nikkor line, and it is among Nikon’s finest lenses ever. Beautiful selective focus at its maximum aperture make this lens ideal for portraiture. It is, without a doubt, one of my very favorite lenses. The 85mm f/1.4 AIS is big, bright, sharp and has some of the most beautiful bokeh that I have ever seen on a still lens.

The 85mm f/1.4 is the most precise and well-built 85mm f/1.4 lens ever made by anyone. Even Leica has never made an 85mm f/1.4. It’s the first telephoto lens to employ Nikon’s Close-Range Correction (CRC) System, ensuring high resolution down to a close focusing distance of under 36 inches.

This lens is really made for portraiture photography, but it can equally be ideal for candids, landscape, and low-light conditions. Your intended subject will remain tack sharp, while allowing you to achieve beautiful soft backgrounds.


Technical Specifications and Features

  • Focal Length: 85mm
  • Camera Mount Type: Nikon F Bayonet
  • Optics: 7 elements in 5 groups
  • Diaphragm / Iris: 9 straight blades – Metal – Full-stop clicks
  • Aperture Maximum: f/16
  • Aperture Minimum: f/1.4
  • Close Focus: 2.8 Feet (0.85 meter)
  • Hard Infinity Focus Stop: Yes
  • Weight: 21.48 oz. (609 grams)
  • Dimensions: 64.5mm (3,2″) diameter x 80.5mm (2.5″) long
  • Hood: HN-20 Lens Hood
  • Filter Size: 72mm