I received this today just as I was writing the introduction of the Nikon D4. Nikon is also launching a nice prime lens, a fast portrait lens : the AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G, net !
With the AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G, Nikon is adding a new piece to its affordable prime lenses range. Just like the AF-S 50mm f/1.4G gets a half priced equivalent with the AF-S 50mm f/1.8G, the expensive and not so impressive (optically speaking of course !) AF-S 85mm f/1.4G will now have this $500 lens.
The AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G still offers a fast aperture. When used with an APS-C DLSLR like the D7000 / D5100 / D3100, it will be an equivalent 127mm. Have you noticed I did not mention the D300s in the Nikon APS-C DSLR range ? It is mainly because I don’t see the point buying it now as its sensor is really aging compared to the high dynamic 16 megapixels APS-C CMOS of the D7000 and the D5100. Actually, I have dreamt about the Nikon D400 the other night… 😉
Let’s get back to this lens. The technical specs make no mention of any interesting optical stuff like ED glass or nanocrystal coating. Nikon still says that its 9 elements in 9 group optical formula is designed to offer the best image quality possible. The 7 circular aperture blades should help getting an aesthetic smooth bokeh. Note that the 1.4G gets 9 blades.