Nikon announces development of 85mm f/1.2 S and 26mm f/2.8 pancake lenses for Z mount

Jan 5, 2023

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Nikon announces development of 85mm f/1.2 S and 26mm f/2.8 pancake lenses for Z mount

Jan 5, 2023

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Nikon has announced the development of two new Nikkor Z mount lenses. There’s a fast Nikkor Z 85mm f/1.2 S mid-telephoto portrait lens and a 26mm f/2.8 pancake lens. Both lenses are designed for full-frame Nikon mirrorless cameras but they will, of course, work on APS-C bodies, too, with a narrower field of view. Beyond the focal length and apertures, not much else has been said about the new lenses yet.

We don’t know when they’re going to be released nor how much they’ll cost, although there are a few things we can pick up from the images. Things like the fact that the 85mm f/1.2 will take an 82mm screw-on filter and it doesn’t look like the 26mm f/2.8 takes filters at all.

About the Nikkor Z 85mm f/1.2 S, Nikon says:

The NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.2 S is part of the S-Line NIKKOR Z lens series, and realizes both superior rendering performance and large, beautiful bokeh. It expands possibilities for users capturing portraits in areas such as weddings and fashion.

It will have a focal length of 85mm, a maximum aperture of f/1.2 and be part of Nikon’s higher-end S line of lenses. This means we can probably expect a higher end price tag to go with it. We can also see from the markings around the end of the lens barrel that it will take an 82mm filter and near the mount, there’s an autofocus/manual focus switch. Beyond that, there’s not really much else to say.

When it comes to the Nikkor Z 26mm f/2.8, Nikon says:

The NIKKOR Z 26mm f/2.8 achieves outstanding slimness and lightness, as well as high rendering performance, making it an ideal lens for advanced amateur photographers who take their camera everywhere so as not to miss a moment.

There’s no AF/MF switch on this one by the looks of things and it also appears that there will be no ability to screw a filter onto the end. There’s no diameter marking that would suggest a specific filter size and it doesn’t look like there are even any threads on there. There is what looks like a possible bayonet fitting for a lens hood but no hood has been mentioned.

Both lenses are currently on display at CES 2023, although no release date or prices have yet been announced.

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One response to “Nikon announces development of 85mm f/1.2 S and 26mm f/2.8 pancake lenses for Z mount”

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    Daniel Shanley

    Well my 24mm can take filters and I’d guess is just as good. Idk why nikon changed the mount for mirrorless. I won’t switch to nikon when I switch.