Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD vs Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.8G Comparison

Currently Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD is the World’s first image-stabilised lens for full-frame DSLR cameras. Here is a quick comparison for the Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD vs Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.8G prime lenses.

Using LD (Low Dispersion) and XLD (Extra Low Dispersion) glass elements, the new SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD lens is constructed with Tamron’s new SP design, incorporating a new look and feel which includes larger and more tactile switches, together with Tamron’s Moisture-Resistant Construction.

Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD lens is slightly longer and more heavier than the Nikon’s AF-S 85mm f/1.8G model. Tamron’s 85mm has more optical elements and image stabilization too.

The price of the Tamron’s new prime lens is unknown at the moment. Avaiability is slated for 24 March 2016 and it will be more expensive than the Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.8G model which is currently selling for $476.95.

Specifications Comparison of Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD vs Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.8G Prime Lenses


Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD  Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.8G
Price $749 $476.95
Focal Length  85mm 85mm
Maximum Aperture f/1.8 f/1.8
Minimum Aperture f/16 f/16
Format FX/DX FX/DX
Maximum Angle of View (DX) 18°39′ 18°50′
Maximum Angle of View (FX)  28°33′ 28°30′
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 0.13x 0.12x
Lens Elements 13 9
Lens Groups  9 9
Image Stabilization  Yes (3.5 stops) No
Diaphragm Blades 9 7
Minimum Focus Distance 2.62′ (80 cm) 2.62′ (80 cm)
Filter Size 67mm 67mm
Dimensions (Diameter x Length) 3.34 x 3.50″ (84.8 x 88.8 mm) 3.1 x 2.9″ (78.7 x 73.7 mm)
Approx. Weight 23.0 oz (660 g) 12.35 oz (350 g)
Other Moisture resistant construction, Fluorine coating Super Integrated Coating