September will see the local release of the Nikkor Z 85mm f/1.8 S, the latest addition to Nikon’s S-Line lenses for its ‘full frame’ mirrorless camera line-up.
Side view of the new Nikkor Z 85mm f/1.8 S lens. (Source: Nikon.)
Ideal for portraiture, this medium-telephoto prime lens has an optical design consisting of 12 elements in eight groups and including two ED elements and elements with Nano Crystal Coat to suppress ghosting and flare. Its nine-bladed iris diaphragm closes to produce a rounded aperture for superior natural bokeh with attractive gradations. This lens utilises the Z-system’s large mount and short flange distance to allow balanced light transmission, ensuring even exposures across the entire frame from the centre, middle, to the peripheral areas. This is coupled with corrections for common lens aberrations, including sagittal coma flare. Excellent performance is delivered regardless of whether the user is shooting a close-up or a far distance.
Internal focusing with a customisable control ring and a stepping motor (STM) drive ensures silent and accurate autofocus control. Electronic signals from the camera deliver stable aperture control (AE) constantly, even during continuous shooting, resulting in smooth, natural-looking exposure changes when recording movies. By assigning settings on the control ring, creators can eliminate unnecessary noise when shooting a movie or portrait thereby ensuring smooth camera operation. Users have the option of rapidly changing the settings either from the control ring or through a dedicated focus mode switch that allows for manual focus operation to achieve smooth focus transitions.
The new lens also features extreme dust- and drip-resistant capabilities with sealing for various parts, enabling it to be reliably used in tough situations. Click here for more information.