Nikon releases the NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S, a fast, mid-telephoto prime lens for the Nikon Z mount system

July 31, 2019

The perfect portrait lens with a sharp and clear focal plane and natural bokeh that emphasizes the subject

TOKYO - Nikon Corporation (Nikon) is pleased to announce the release of the NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S, a fast, mid-telephoto prime lens for the Nikon Z mount system's full-frame (Nikon FX format) mirrorless cameras.

The NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S is an S-Line high-performance lens compatible with the FX format. It supports a focal length of 85mm and a fast maximum aperture of f/1.8, allowing users to enjoy taking advantage of beautiful blur characteristics (bokeh) with the recording of high-quality still images and movies.

The beauty of the natural bokeh that increases gradually as the distance from the focal plane increases is best seen with portrait photography. The gentle, rounded bokeh generated when point light sources are blurred exhibits very little color fringing and remains pleasing all the way to the edges of the frame, enabling expression of a dreamy ambiance. Adoption of a multi-focusing system*1 greatly suppresses aberrations at all focus distances, including close distances, demonstrating superior imaging performance all the way from maximum aperture. Superior resolving power can be achieved regardless of the focus distance or subject. The exquisite balance between the stunning bokeh made possible with the f/1.8 maximum aperture and superior imaging performance enables impressive portraiture in which the human subject is emphasized.

Lens optics are constructed with two ED glass elements. In addition, the use of Nano Crystal Coat, Nikon's exclusive anti-reflection coating technology, effectively reduces the ghost and flare generated by incident light for sharp and clear images, even when a light source is included in the frame. Furthermore, while many lenses are bright only at the center of the frame and exhibit peripheral illumination falloff, which results in diminished brightness at the edges of the frame, the NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S is able to acquire the large amount of light needed for a frame that remains bright all the way to the extreme edges.

The lens barrel is equipped with a control ring that can serve as a focus ring for manual focusing. Functions such as focus (M/A)*2, aperture and exposure compensation can be assigned to the control ring. For example, if the exposure compensation function is assigned to the control ring during movie recording, smooth exposure control that minimizes flicker caused by frame-by-frame variations in exposure is possible, enabling the video to exhibit natural changes in brightness. In addition, adoption of a very quiet stepping motor (STM) for the AF drive mechanism prevents recording of the sound of AF motor operation with movies.

The NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S makes the most of the Nikon Z mount system's large-diameter mount and short flange focal distance to achieve the polished optical performance required of a portrait lens. It further expands possibilities for expression for both still images and movies with rendering capabilities that will change the perceptions of what an f/1.8 mid-telephoto prime lens can do.

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