Nikon’s new Z mount 85mm f/1.8 lens costs $800 and will ship in September

Jul 31, 2019

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Nikon’s new Z mount 85mm f/1.8 lens costs $800 and will ship in September

Jul 31, 2019

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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Finally, Nikon seems to be adding some more entry-level glass to its Z lens lineup. Today, they have announced the new Nikkor Z 85mm f/1.8 S lens for its Nikon Z mirrorless cameras. It costs almost twice as much as its F mount counterpart, coming in at close to $800, but it’s a start.

This is the seventh lens to be announced in the Nikon Z system, although we probably shouldn’t be surprised by the price given that the Nikkor Z 50mm f/1.8 S costs almost $600 and the Nikkor Z 35mm f/1.8 S costs a pretty crazy $850.

  • Focal length: 85mm
  • Max aperture: f/1.8
  • Min aperture: f/16
  • Mount: Nikon Z
  • Format: Full Frame
  • Angle of view: 28°
  • Diaphragm blades: 9, rounded
  • Focus: Autofocus
  • Stabilisation: none
  • Filter diameter: 67mm

Nikon says that the Nikkor Z 85mm f/1.8 S offers the edge-to-edge sharpness that has been a strength of the 35mm and 50mm f/1.8 Z primes, as well as “natural bokeh”, whatever that means. Naturally, the look of the lens is quite similar to the 35mm and 50mm Z mount lenses, and fits well into the almost $2,200+ set.

 

A Nano Crystal Coat along with Super Integrated Coating has been applied to lens elements, which Nikon says minimises surface and internal reflections to reduce ghosting and lens flare. The autofocus is stepper motor driven to prove smooth, quiet and fast autofocus. You do get manual focus override, too, and all focusing is done internally, so the lens retains its dimensions.

Regardless of the price, the 85mm f/1.8 rounds out the collection of f/1.8 Z primes quite nicely. although we are still waiting for the Nikkor Z 24mm f/1.8 S, due to be announced at some point this year. 35mm, 50mm and 85mm primes have been a pretty common combo in many photographers bags over the years, no matter what brand they shoot, so it’s nice to see that Nikon has prioritised those.

The Nikon Nikkor Z 85mm f/1.8 S lens is available to pre-order now for $796.95 and ships in September.

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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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2 responses to “Nikon’s new Z mount 85mm f/1.8 lens costs $800 and will ship in September”

  1. Krzysztof Cabak Avatar
    Krzysztof Cabak

    Investing in mirrorless cameras before 2022 makes no sense.

  2. Valkyrie 2SS Avatar
    Valkyrie 2SS

    On what planet is $800 a good price for an introductory lens? It is, at least, reasonably priced for an 85mm lens….at least when compared to the other two in the line up…