Two years later, Yongnuo finally releases the 85mm f/1.8 AF lens for Nikon F Mount

May 14, 2019

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Two years later, Yongnuo finally releases the 85mm f/1.8 AF lens for Nikon F Mount

May 14, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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The Yongnuo 85mm f/1.8 lens was originally spoken way back in 2016, along with the announcement of the Yongnuo 100mm f/2. The 85mm f/1.8 for Canon EF did come, eventually, and then all mention of an F mount version disappeared, almost as if Yongnuo never intended to actually release it. But now, the lens suddenly appears to have popped up on eBay.

  • Focal length: 85mm
  • Mount: Nikon F
  • Format: Full Frame
  • Maximum aperture: f/1.8
  • Optics: 9 elements in 6 groups
  • Minimum focus distance: 85cm
  • Filter diameter: 58mm
  • Dimensions: 81 x 79.5mm
  • Weight: 460g

The new F mount version of the lens is available through an eBay listing claiming itself to be the official Yongnuo eBay store for $219. That’s a little under half the regular retail of the Nikon 85mm f/1.8G AF-S. As to how the quality compares, only time will tell, but there are a few sample images shot with the lens by photographer Arkadii Shapoval on Nikon Rumors.

[via Nikon Rumors]

 

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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3 responses to “Two years later, Yongnuo finally releases the 85mm f/1.8 AF lens for Nikon F Mount”

  1. bergstrom Avatar
    bergstrom

    Just waiting now on a YN 85 1.4 for canon

  2. Camera Perv Avatar
    Camera Perv

    Perfection is the enemy of good enough

  3. Joe Fitzer Avatar
    Joe Fitzer

    Like the canon one. It has to be tweaked evey so often, but, you get what you pay for.