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Nikon Nikkor Z 85mm F1.8 S Full-Frame Lens (2019)

MSRP 800 USDNEX score 81%

Product Overview

The NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S lens is Nikon's portrait prime lens for the Z-mount mirrorless interchangeable lens camera system. Thanks to the shorter flange distance and the wider throat diameter of the Z-mount, the NIKKOR offers superior image quality compared to Nikon's F-mount equivalent offerings.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Bright f/1.8 aperture
  • Compact design
  • Sharp optics
  • Easy-to-use autofocus system
Cons
  • Eye AF could be better

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 81% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent image quality
  • Excellent autofocus
  • Good image stabilization
  • Beautiful bokeh
  • Compact design
Cons
  • Only f/1.8
  • No fluorine coating
  • No manual focus ring
  • Frequent focus breathing
  • Lack of chromatic aberration
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Specifications

Construction

Aperture Blades
9 blades
Colors
Black
Form Factor
Short Telephoto Prime Lens
Image Size
Full-Frame
Lens Mount
Nikon Z-mount
Material
Magnesium alloy
Motor
Stepper motor
Optical Formula | Elements
12 elements
Optical Formula | Groups
8 groups
Optical Formula | Special Glass
2 ED elements + Nano Crystal and Super Integrated coatings groups

Dimensions

Filter Diameter
67 mm / 2.64 in
Size | Diameter
75 mm / 2.95 in
Size | Length
99 mm / 3.90 in
Weight
470 g / 16.61 oz

Function

Angle Of View
28.6° Diagonal | 23.9° Horizontal | 16.1° Vertical
Aperture
f/1.8 ~ f/16
Autofocus
Yes
Focal Length
85 mm
Focus Type
Internal
Image Stabilization
No
Weather Resistance
Yes

Performance

Max Magnification
0.12x
Min Focus Distance
800 mm / 31.50 in

Production

Accessory
Lens hood included
Debut
2019-07-31

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

cameralabs[1]

Sentiment Score 78%
Reviewers from cameralabs have found the following***:
Nikon's first 85mm prime lens for their full-frame mirrorless Z cameras performs very well with regard to contrast, resolution, Bokeh, focus reliability, color aberrations, and coma. It produces sharp and contrasty images that are an excellent fit for the 45MP Z7 sensor. The new Z Nikkor focuses in around 0.7 sec from infinity to 0.99m (1:10 magnification), which is pretty fast – the Nikon 85mm f1.8G is equally fast (tested via FTZ adapter on the Nikon Z7)
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sharp and contrasty images
  • Stabilized focus ring
  • Good image stabilization
Cons
  • Frequent focus breathing
  • No manual focus

digitaltrends[2]

Sentiment Score 87%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following***:
The Z 85mm f/1.8 S is the first true portrait lens for Nikon's year-old Z series. It delivers a shallow depth of field without breaking the bank — or your back. It has a very soft vignette that evenly fades in, gently drawing your attention toward the center of the frame.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Beautiful bokeh
  • Compact design
  • Excellent autofocus
Cons
  • Lack of chromatic aberration
  • Only f/1.8

pcmag[3]

Sentiment Score 80%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The Nikkor Z 85mm f/1.8 S captures images with loads of detail and pleasingly soft backgrounds. The lens is able to focus as close as 2.6 feet (80cm) It's not good enough for macro shots of insect eyes or jewelry, but it can capture subjects at 1:8.3 life-size.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent image quality
  • Compact design
  • Automatic aperture adjustment
Cons
  • No fluorine coating
  • No manual focus ring

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Nikon Z 85mm f1.8 S review. [cameralabs]. https://www.cameralabs.com/nikon-z-85mm-f1-8-s-review/. Retrieved 2022-01-21.
2. ^ Nikon Nikkor Z 85mm f/1.8 S lens review. [digitaltrends]. https://www.digitaltrends.com/camera-lens-reviews/nikon-z-85mm-f1-8-s-review/. 2019-09-24. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Nikon Nikkor Z 85mm f/1.8 S Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/nikon-nikkor-z-85mm-f18-s. 2020-01-22. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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