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Nikon to ship AF-S 85mm f/1.8G in March for US$499.95  
Thursday, January 5, 2012 | by Rob Galbraith
Fast Company: The AF-S 85mm f/1.8G. Click to enlarge (Photo by Rob Galbraith/Little Guy Media)
Nikon has also announced the AF-S 85mm f/1.8G, an update of the fast aperture telephoto that features:
  • A nine-element optical design
  • Rounded seven-blade aperture diaphragm
  • Silent Wave autofocus with focus mode switch (M/A and M)
  • 31.5in/80cm close focusing distance
  • 67mm filter size
  • A minimum aperture of f/16
  • FX Format coverage (the lens is compatible with DX Format SLRs too)
  • Weight of 12.4oz/350g
  • General appearance that's similar to the AF-S 85mm f/1.4, only smaller

The new lens, like the AF 85mm f/1.8D it replaces, does not incorporate Nikon's Vibration Reduction technology.

The AF-S 85mm f/1.8G, with Lens Hood HB-62 and Lens Case CL-1015, will be available in March at an expected street price of US$499.95 in the U.S. In Canada, the manufacturer's suggested retail price is CDN$529.95 and the ship date has been set for March 22.
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  • Nikon to release AF-S 28mm f/1.8G in May (April 19, 2012)
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