Nikon announces the NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S

Nikon has just revealed the NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S lens: a “fast prime” with a medium telephoto focal length for Z series full-frame mirrorless cameras.

The NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S looks to be ideal for anyone shooting headshots, fashion, weddings, event photographer and tight video shots. Nikon claims the lens can deliver “exceptional sharpness” all around the image. That includes the corners of the frame, even at the maximum aperture of f/1.8. You can really see how this can come into play for headshots. You retain the sharpness of a subject’s eyes. At the same time, you can obtain a shallow depth of field and capture some “beautiful, natural” bokeh.

Let’s not forget that the f/1.8 maximum aperture should allow you to shoot fairly confidently in low light and add dimension to high-resolution images and 4K video footage.

Nikon NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S
Nikon NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S

Let’s take a look inside the Z 85mm f/1.8 S

Inside, the lens sports 9 rounded blades and a new optical design of 12 elements in 8 groups. Two Extra-Low Dispersion elements further minimize aberrations, and Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coating should keep ghosting and flare under control. The lens also saves power at minimum focus distance thanks to its Multi-Focus System.

All of these elements are protected as well; Nikon’s made the outside of the lens dust and drip-resistant.

Crafted for videographers

The NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S has a lot going for it. It should make for a solid addition to the Z mount videographer’s arsenal of lenses. Nikon claims the lens boasts “superior resolution, beautiful bokeh rendition, exceptional point-image reproduction, enhanced video recording performance and unmatched edge-to-edge sharpness, even when shooting at the maximum aperture.” Based on that, the lens seems to have a lot of promise.

Pricing and availability

The NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S will be out this September for $799. Check out to learn more.

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