Key Features of the Nikkor 85mm Micro Lens (5 out of 5)
Although the name is misleading, the Nikkor 85mm Micro Lens is actually a macro lens. One essential feature of this lens in terms of lens construction, is the presence of an extra low dispersion element (amongst the 14 lens elements) which helps reduce chromatic aberrations and is aimed at improving optical performance … and the Nikkor lens delivers on this promise.
Further, the onboard Silent Wave Motor helps to ensure quick and silent focussing. The presence of a Focus Switch helps to switch to manual or automatic with manual override modes. Also there is a VR switch (Vibration Reduction), which as per Nikon will provide the benefit of four stops as against a non-VR lens. A magnification scale is also present which ranges from 1:1 to 1:10.
- Silent Wave Motor – Internal Focussing Mechanism
- Prime lens with superior optical quality
- Extra Low Dispersion (ELD) element reduces chromatic aberrations
- Wide Focus ring makes manual focussing easier
- Presence of Focus Switch and VR Switch
Build Quality (4 out of 5)
Ergonomic Design (4 out of 5)
Performance (4 out of 5)
Price to Value (4 out of 5)
At first glance this may seem like an overpriced lens, especially considering that it is a DX format and may be unusable on a full format camera in future (except in a cropped format as mentioned above). However keeping in mind the entire Nikkor 85mm micro lens review and considering the features of the lens (especially the presence of vibration reduction), the overall build quality (the ergonomic design, the good balance and the low dispersion element) and the excellent optical performance (minimal aberration and fringing), it is a very good buy and provides good value for money.
The Nikkor 85mm micro lens can be obtained from Amazon.com. At the time of writing this article, it was priced at $507.95.
For those interested in nature photography and macro photography, this lens may be a very worthy investment.