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Nikon 85mm f/2.8D PC-E Micro Nikkor

 
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(From Nikon lens literature) Nikon PC-E Micro Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D

  • Medium-telephoto, Perspective Control (PC) lens featuring tilt, shift and rotation capability, ideal for a variety of shooting requirements, including, portrait, nature and product photography
  • Wide shifting range, plus or minus 11.5mm, with a tilting range of plus or minus 8.5-degrees.
  • Revolving capability of plus or minus 90-degrees, in 30-degree increments, for versatile tilt/shift control
  • Nikon's Nano Crystal Coat virtually eliminates internal reflections across a wide range of wavelengths, for even greater image clarity
  • High-performance Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC) offers superior color performance and substantially reduced ghosting and flare
  • Automatic aperture control with electromagnetic diaphragm (Nikon D3, D700 and D300 only)
  • Rounded 9-blade diaphragm for more natural appearance of out-of-focus image elements

Nikon 85mm f/2.8D PC-E Micro Nikkor User Reviews

10.0/10 average of 2 reviews Build Quality 10.0/10 Image Quality 10.0/10
  • 10 out of 10 points and recommended by (5 reviews)
    beautifully built, IQ amazing, very nice focus ring. very flexible
    can't tilt and shift independently. only 1:2 Macro

    Bought this in 2009 for tricky product macros. It is not the E version but then that is something that I don't need and I'm glad I have the can't go wrong version.
    The only downside in handling is that you can't shift and tilt in the same axis, unless you change that. I did just that but then again sure enough the week after you want it the other way round.
    Having said that, I have used field cameras for years and this is the next best thing.
    One can actually use it hand held in the field for insects and such like, in which case i often use the good old 14B TC. In which case you loose the aperture display but then that is more of a gimmick.

    The IQ is just as sharp as the 200mm Micro Nikkor, only with much more DOF and flexibility. You have to be aware that this flexibility takes time though, so it is certainly NOT suitable for fast insects.

    It also works for portraits, again the tilting helps with wonderful focusing possibilities.

    reviewed March 11th, 2016 (purchased for $1,000)
  • 10 out of 10 points and recommended by (8 reviews)

    very good optical and construction quality, my favorite lens

    reviewed August 9th, 2009