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Nikon goes long with portrait-friendly NIKKOR Z 85 mm f / 1.8 S

Only a day after it appeared that Nikon was preparing his coveted – but still not really available – NIKKOR Z 58mm f / 0.95 S Noct for release, the company has confirmed that one of its promised lenses will be with us soon.

The Nikon NIKKOR Z 85 mm f / 1.8 S is the longest prime lens for the Z-mount to date, and one of the four new lenses promised before the end of the year.

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Nikon makes some big cockles for its new lens, including exceptional sharpness to the corners of the image, even at the largest f / 1.8 aperture. This has been achieved through a new optical design with 12 elements divided into eight groups, with two extra low dispersion elements to combat chromatic aberration and Nano Crystal Coat technology to prevent flare and ghosting.

It also helps to control flare and ghosts, a round cap that comes standard with the lens, while nine-aperture blades in the lens must ensure that bokeh is nice and smooth.

And although there is no image stabilization in the lens, users of the current Nikon Z6 and Z7 already have this in their camera housing, which should make it possible to shoot with the lens at slow shutter speeds.

Like the other two prime lenses in the line, the NIKKOR Z 85 mm f / 1.8 S has a streamlined, minimal design, with a deep control ring that can be adjusted for manual focus, aperture adjustment or other tasks, along with a switch that switches between auto focus and manual modes. The body also has a dust and drip-proof design to protect the inside.

Ready for video

Although the lens will be a natural choice for portraits, Nikon also wants to emphasize suitability for video work, with an ultra-quiet focus motor and minimized focus breathing, along with the clicked control ring to adjust important settings during video recording.

At the moment, the lens is only compatible with the Z6 and Z7 models announced last year, although it is rumored that Nikon is working on both entry-level and pro-body enclosures to expand the line-up of the Z series .

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Apart from the NIKKOR Z 58 mm f / 0.95 S Noct, the company is releasing the 24 mm f / 1.8 S and 70-200 mm f / 2.8 S lenses, both of which are still under development. That makes a total of nine native lenses for the line, with many more in the making for 2020.

The NIKKOR Z 85 mm f / 1.8 S arrives in September and costs $ 799.95 in the US and £ 799 in the UK. The prices for Australia have not yet been confirmed.

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