Nikon 85mm DX Macro Lens

October 14, 2009 | Mark Goldstein | 2 Comments |
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The AF-S DX MICRO NIKKOR 85MM F/3.5G VR is a new macro lens for DX format Nikon DSLR cameras. It implements Nikon’s second generation Vibration Reduction (VR II) system and a 1:1 reproduction ratio. With a picture angle equivalent to a focal length of 127.5mm in FX/35mm format, the 85mm F/3.5G VR balances well with Nikon’s range of DSLR’s like the D90 and D5000. The SWM ensures smooth, discrete auto focusing and the non rotating front element enables the use of lens mounted flash accessories like the SB-R1C1 Macro Lighting kit. The AF-S DX MICRO NIKKOR 85MM F/3.5G VR will be available in December for £499.99 / €607.00.

Nikon UK Press Release

GET UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH NIKON’S AF-S DX MICRO NIKKOR 85MM F/3.5G VR

RRP: £499.99 / €607.00

Sales start date: December 2009

Nikon UK is pleased to announce the launch of a new compact and lightweight DX format Macro lens with high quality optics, the AF-S DX MICRO NIKKOR 85MM F/3.5G VR. Implementing Nikon’s second generation Vibration Reduction (VR II) system and a 1:1 reproduction ratio, it’s the perfect choice for exploring the world of close-up photography. 

Zurab Kiknadze, Product Manager Lenses, Accessories and Software, Nikon Europe says: “Lenses like this really expand creative opportunities beyond the standard kit lens. The AF-S DX MICRO NIKKOR 85MM F/3.5G VR is compact and light, so balances well with D-SLR’s like the D90 and D5000”.

Get close, stay steady
Ideal for those new to macro photography, the AF-S DX MICRO NIKKOR 85MM F/3.5G VR boasts a 1:1 reproduction ratio, allowing photographers to get lifelike close-ups of more intricate textures and details, even down to the fine texture on flower petals or insect wings. On top of this, the VR II system provides both a steady viewfinder image for composition and sharper results at slow shutter speeds or when shooting movie clips.

Beautifully balanced to take anywhere
The Nikon DX format provides a compact and light form factor that balances well with Nikon’s range of DSLR’s like the D90 and D5000. With a picture angle equivalent to a focal length of 127.5mm in FX/35mm format, it extends options beyond those offered by standard kit lenses, ideal for portraits or candid photography.

The finishing touch
Nikon’s acclaimed ED glass provides crisp high contrast results rendered with attractive background blur thanks to the rounded nine blade diaphragm. The SWM ensures smooth, discrete auto focusing and the non rotating front element enables the use of lens mounted flash accessories like the SB-R1C1 Macro Lighting kit.

Specifications
Focal length 85 mm
Max/min aperture Max: f/3.5 Min: f/32
Lens construction 14 elements/10 groups (one ED glass element)
Picture angle 18°50?
No. diaphragm blades 9 (rounded)
Closest focusing distance 0.286 m/1 ft
Filter/attachment size 52mm (non-rotating)
Diameter x length Approximately 73 x 98.5 mm/2.9 x 3.9 in.
Weight Approximately 355 g/12.5 oz.

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#1 luggage tags

Is this the macro I need or what? I've got a D90 and have been waiting ($) and in the meanwhile wondered what size macro lens would I want.

Any suggestions? Looking for closeups of insects, plant life, art work etc.......

8:56 am - Wednesday, October 14, 2009

#2 Justin

Looks promising, but I still dig the Macro 105 vr and I would look into one if I were you. However, this is a nice fit between the 60 and 105 if you are looking to save room in the bag?

12:03 am - Friday, October 16, 2009