85mm lens: The king of good primes

85mm lens: The king of good primes

So continuing with the love of prime lens, the other big name after 50mm (read 5 reasons to buy the 50 MM F/1.8 – The Bokeh Moster) is 85mm lens. This lens is made to capture those lovely headshots.

I have personally used Nikon 85mm F/1.8 lens in one of my cousin’s wedding and man, I was delighted by the sharpness and speed of this lens.

Specification of Nikon 85mm lens

Source: BH Photo


Focal Length – 85mm
Aperture – Maximum: f/1.8 Minimum: f/16
Camera Mount Type – Nikon F
Format Compatibility – Nikon FX/35mm Film
Angle of View – 28° 30′
Minimum Focus Distance – 2.62′ / 80 cm
Magnification – 0.12x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio – 1:8.333
Optical Design – 9 Elements in 9 Groups
Diaphragm Blades – 7, Rounded


Image Stabilization – None
Autofocus – Yes


Filter Thread – Front: 67 mm
Dimensions (DxL) – 3.15 x 2.87″ / 80 x 73 mm
Weight – 12.35 oz / 350 g

Packing Information

Package Weight – 1.7 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) – 8.4 x 5.1 x 5.0″

Build Quality

Well, 85mm lens is a tad bit bigger than the 50mm lens. It feels more meaty to hold and is a handful but certainly not out of the grips of your fingers.

The texture feels like the product designer used a sandpaper to give it a matte look and it works. There is nothing much happening in the buttons department if you are into it.

You will just find a focusing switch on the left side and that’s about it. The lens is not flashy and is really quite simple in design. There is no aperture ring but it has an internal meter which will change automatically when you are in auto-focus mode.

Focusing at the speed of light

That’s the thing about these prime lens which makes it the love of every professional photographer. That is the speed at which this lens locks down the subject with dead accuracy every – single – time. 85mm lens is champion in that field.

The focus is very sharp and very fast. All this is done without much fanfare meaning that the lens mechanism is very quiet. This will make you like a smooth player in all the events like a James Bond. You will capture and shoot your subject without ever getting noticed.

If your someone who does a lot of events photography like wedding, concerts or sports. This lens will be a blessing when you are capturing subjects that are constantly moving in different directions.

Bokeh Level Infinity with 85mm lens

If you thought 50mm was the king of bokeh, then you will need to revise the ranks when you meet 85mm lens. It gets you the biggest bokeh that is available out there in the market!!

Coupled with the big focal length and even bigger aperture if we take F/1.4 or F/1.2. This camera is perfect for street photography since it will take in a lot of ambient light thereby giving you good bokeh effects in your photograph.

Just about headshots

85mm lens was made with a singular aim and that is to enable photographers to take beautiful headshots. Especially if you are someone who shoots a lot in a studio and for which I have already started to envy you. This is the best lens for you. I have seen that Nikon has nailed it with this lens to produce natural-looking skin tones.

The only problem I have found is that the skins tones in certain cases are a bit to warm. I got a little adventurous with this lens when I tried to capture a group of at least 10 people in one frame.

Just imagine how far I would have stood to capture every one..5 feet (what are saying)…10 feet (noooo)…20 feet (getting warmer)….30 feet (yes that’s it)!!!

And the crowd was getting restless as to where is this guy going. They thought is it some kind of prank to keep us smiling for a long time and not take any photo 🙂

My outing with 85mm lens

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Cousin’s wedding


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The Bride

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This is the group photo I mentioned above!!


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All three cheese!!


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Fair deal for everyone

85mm lens good lens to upgrade from 50mm. It also doesn’t cost a bomb and Nikon and Canon both the manufacturers have done a good job. The performance is very good at this price point.

Hi there!! thanks for stopping by.
I am Manas, a budding photographer and a full time IT consultant. I love exploring new things, travelling, reading and riding bikes. In my free time, i enjoy taking care of my beloved plants and i sometimes talk to them !!

Manas Vatsal

Hi there!! thanks for stopping by.I am Manas, a budding photographer and a full time IT consultant. I love exploring new things, travelling, reading and riding bikes. In my free time, i enjoy taking care of my beloved plants and i sometimes talk to them !!

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