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Nikon 85mm AF-S NIKKOR f/1.8G

Review Date: Jan 6, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $499.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Very sharp optics; smooth manual focus feel; accurate, silent, reasonably fast autofocus; light weight but solid feel including the lens hood.
AF-C tracking performance in continuous mode lack luster compared to the 70-200/2.8G VR II.

Nikon has hit another home run of affordable modern AF-S prime lenses. Combined the 28/1.8G, 50/1.8G and 85/1.8G made a great three lens prime kit. If you own the 85/1.8D Id say its worth upgrading for the improved optical performance and smoother, quiet focus. If you own the 85/1.4D, it would be tempting to sell it and used the $400 difference towards another lens, flash, or a new body.

The only downside to the lens is the AF-C performance. Unfortunately it is not up to the same level as the 70-200/2.8G and other telephotos. But the focus tracking is much smoother with the 85G than the 85D's jerkiness. I still found the lens up to the task of capturing fast action indoor sports such as basketball and volleyball with Nikon's 51-pt and 39-pt AF systems on the FX bodies.