• STEVE says:

    Right on!!! I upgraded my old 85 f2 MF to the current 85 f1.8 AF shortly after our Nepal trip with Galen in ’93. When I went digital in 2000 the lens pretty much sat on the shelf as I found it a bit too long with the cropped sensor. I almost sold it but held out with the hopes someday of a full frame camera. The lens is now the body cap on my full frame D700. My particular lens always had a little bit of a back focus problem but that was easily remedied on the D700. Every Nikon user should have this lens in their bag.

  • Geoff says:

    Thanks for the great review. I bought the 85mm f/1.8D lens a few years ago mainly for portraits. But I haven’t done portraits in a while, and it seemed too long a tele for other uses, so it’s sat in the bag unused. But after reading your article, I’m ready to start using it again. I do like primes over zooms because of all the reasons you mentioned. But zooms are convenient. Thanks for getting me motivated to use my 85mm prime again!

  • Dan says:

    You’re welcome, Geoff. The 85 f/1.8 is an awesome lens, I hope you’re able to get some great shots with it!

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