Should I buy an 85 1.8 for $300

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I don't have a body but want a Nikon. I thought this was a good deal and maybe I could stick it on a D80 because they are pretty cheap. I want it for outdoor and indoor studio (one day) professional portraits. I know that the pro part is a ways off but do you think this could be a good start?

My ideal would be to get the d300 and set up a nice studio but I have to start buying equipment somewhere and I thought this 85 1.8 lens was a good deal.

Thanks.
 
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The first lens I got on my D2H is the 85mm f/1.8. It's the only lens I own and I've been shooting with it for a couple of months now and I absolutely love it.

I picked mine up used (in great condition) for $350.
$300 is a great price for a great lens. You won't regret it.
 
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Will it work on a D80?

edit: he said it may show some wear on the outside but the glass is clean. It will only work on bodes that can do AF though which I don't think is a bad thing.....
 
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The D80 will autofocus with the 85mm f/1.8 AF-D.

See here: http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/compatibility-lens.htm (scroll to the bottom chart)

It looks like it could be an old lens. I noticed he has older manual lenses for sale also so I'm thinking this was one that is older. Does that matter?

Edit: I think I'm wrong because it does have the "D"

Edit: OTOH, It says it was first made in 1988.

Edit: I'm sure I'm just paranoid but I ended up passing on this. I'm not sure I want to chance a 23 year old lens. I think I'd rather pay more for new. I'm probably silly and uniformed that is what I decided....thanks for your help. The Rockwell article was helpful. Many things he says are kind of crazy but this was useful.
 
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I wouldn't be afraid of that lens. If the glass is clean and no oil on the blades then it could be a good deal. Too bad you don't have a body to test it with. Probably good to get that first.
 
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I have a very old 85 1.8. It looks good though. If you knows if the seller keeps a good care of it, there is no reason to worry.
 
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It looks like it could be an old lens. I noticed he has older manual lenses for sale also so I'm thinking this was one that is older. Does that matter?

Edit: I think I'm wrong because it does have the "D"

Edit: OTOH, It says it was first made in 1988.

Edit: I'm sure I'm just paranoid but I ended up passing on this. I'm not sure I want to chance a 23 year old lens. I think I'd rather pay more for new. I'm probably silly and uniformed that is what I decided....thanks for your help. The Rockwell article was helpful. Many things he says are kind of crazy but this was useful.

Now I feel dumb but I didn't have a body anyway:

http://www.photosynthesis.co.nz/nikon/serialno.html#85

This doesn't say anything about 1988. I guess that's what I get for listening to Ken Rockwell....sorry if that offends someone. Maybe I just misunderstood him or the lens age.

You just misread kens info. If you clicked on the link, http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/nikortek.htm#af it would have explained it more.

Anyway, the lens you where thinking about could have only been a couple years old as the 85/1.8 is still made.
 
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You just misread kens info. If you clicked on the link, http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/nikortek.htm#af it would have explained it more.

Anyway, the lens you where thinking about could have only been a couple years old as the 85/1.8 is still made.



he could be talking about the earlier non-D version. Who knows? D version came out in 1994. Edit: Non-D version came out in 1988. info about the lens history here, http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/companies/nikon/nikkoresources/AFNikkor/AF85mm/index.htm
 
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Good luck with the purchase! The AF 85 f/1.8D will focus with the D80 - It's a sharp lens, and I think one of the most underrated in the Nikon lineup.
 

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