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Nikon Announces Mirrorless NIKKOR Z 85mm F1.8 S Lens

Nikon Announces Mirrorless NIKKOR Z 85mm F1.8 S Lens

Posted by Broadway Camera on 2019 Jul 31st

Today Nikon added to their growing lineup of mirrorless lenses with the new NIKKOR Z 85mm F1.8 S, a classic, versatile telephoto focal length that works great for portraits, fashion, events and more. This is an excellent focal length for getting more isolation on the subject without getting too tight in the frame.

The Z 85mm F1.8 S features a 9-blade, rounded aperture, 12 optical elements in 8 groups (including two Extra-Low Dispersion ED elements for controlling aberrations) and Nikon's Nano Crystal Coating for ghosting and flare. 

Nikon's "professional-grade dust and drip resistance" protect the lens from rough conditions in the field. 

Nikon's NIKKOR Z 85mm F1.8 S is expected to arrive in September at a retail price of $1049.00.


NIKON UNVEILS THE NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S- A FAST, FLATTERING PORTRAIT LENS FOR Z SERIES CREATORS

The NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S Delivers Gorgeous, Natural Bokeh and Remarkable Edge-to-Edge Sharpness for Crisp Portraits and Dramatic Video

MISSISSAUGA, ON – Today, Nikon Canada Inc. announced the NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S, bringing a fast prime lens with a classic medium telephoto focal length to Z series full-frame mirrorless cameras. Ideal for headshots, fashion photography, wedding / event photography and tight video shots, the 85mm f/1.8 S was designed to take full advantage of the wider, brighter and faster Z mount. This new addition to the S-Line delivers exceptional sharpness all the way to the corners of the frame, even at f/1.8, while integrating the latest NIKKOR optical technologies for intense rendering capability. Nikon Z series photographers and videographers who want to bring striking clarity to a subject’s eyes, or who demand shallow depth of field and beautiful, natural bokeh will find the NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S a welcome addition to their kit.

With the addition of the NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S, Nikon Z series photo and video shooters now have a native Z mount option for capturing striking portrait photography, fashion, event images, tight interview shots or B-roll footage that add emphasis to any scene. This is also the latest lens to join the NIKKOR S- Line, which represent the pinnacle in optical superiority and construction.

The 85mm f/1.8 S’s fast f/1.8 maximum aperture allows users to confidently shoot in low light and capture gorgeous, shallow depth of field that adds dimensionality and character to high-resolution images and 4K video footage alike. Adding to this natural look is a lens diaphragm consisting of nine rounded blades, which produce smooth, natural bokeh which gently leads the viewer’s eye to the subject of the frame. With the release of Firmware 2.0 and Eye-Detection autofocus, the Nikon Z series cameras and NIKKOR Z lenses offer even more control and capabilities when capturing stunning portraits and candids.

The NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S uses an all-new optical design of 12 elements in 8 groups and features the industry-leading lens technology consumers have come to expect from NIKKOR glass. Two Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) elements help ensure minimal aberration, while Nikon’s patented Nano Crystal Coating offers superior control of ghosting and flare. Additionally, the high-speed Multi-Focus System realizes superior resolving power at minimum focus distance. These cutting-edge features are protected from the elements by Nikon’s professional-grade dust and drip resistance.

As with all NIKKOR Z S-Line lenses, the 85mm f/1.8 S was built to cater to the needs of videographers as well as image makers. The lens features an ultra-quiet focus motor, minimized focus breathing, a customizable control ring for smooth adjustment of aperture or exposure compensation, and full compatibility with the in-body 5-axis VR found in the Nikon Z 6 and Z 7 full-frame mirrorless cameras.

NIKKOR Z S-Line

The 85mm f/1.8 S joins the superior “S-Line” of NIKKOR Z lenses. Designed alongside the revolutionary Nikon Z mount system, S-Line lenses boast 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.

Born out of Nikon’s heritage of optical excellence, the S-Line sits at the cutting edge of imaging technology and innovation and represents a new potential for image expression.

Price and Availability

The NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S will be available in September 2019 at a suggested retail price (MSRP) of $1,119.95*. For more information on the latest Nikon products, including the new NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S and the full Nikon Z mount system, please visit www.nikon.ca.

About Nikon

Nikon is a world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo and video capture technologies; globally recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance for an award-winning array of equipment that enable visual storytelling and content creation. In 2017, Nikon celebrated a legacy of innovation with its 100-year anniversary celebration. Nikon Canada Inc. distributes consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, NIKKOR optics, Speedlights and system accessories, Nikon COOLPIX® compact digital cameras and Nikon software products. Nikon Corporation, the parent company of Nikon Canada Inc., announced the production of 100 million NIKKOR lenses, creating a new milestone in Nikon’s heritage of superior optics. For more information, visit www.nikon.ca, which links all levels of photographers and visual storytellers to the Web's most comprehensive learning and sharing communities. Connect with Nikon Canada on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

*MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time.

Specifications, equipment and release dates are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer