Introducing the new NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S

Introducing the new NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S

The latest in the NIKKOR Z S-Line lenses series offers a fast, f/1.8 high-performance prime lens developed for achieving elaborate bokeh characteristics for portrait shooting.

We are pleased to announce a new addition to the S-Line lenses with the launch of the NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S. Making the most out of the new Nikon Z mount system, the medium-telephoto prime lens achieves ground-breaking optimal performance, ultra-sharp resolution and enhanced bokeh characteristics for high-quality still images and movies.

Images by Chloé Lapeyssonnie

The new NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S lens is empowered by the Z mount system, fully utilising the large mount and short flange distance to allow more entry of light. As a fast and highly practical lens, it is perfect for portrait photography and videography. The NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S ensures that natural peripheral illumination can be retained by receiving the exact amount of light throughout the entire frame from the centre, middle, to the peripheral areas.

Offering outstanding rendering capability and superior operability with a constant maximum aperture of f/1.8, this lens captures beautiful bokeh of natural depth.

The NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S is the perfect fit for photographers who:

  • Prefer to take portraits with beautiful bokeh characteristics
  • Require a quiet focusing prime lens ideal for movie recording
  • Prefer to enjoy the high image quality that the Nikon Z mount system can provide


Speaking to the ground-breaking optical performance of the new S Line lens, John Young, General Manager of Marketing for Nikon Australia said, “The Z Series is continuously opening up exciting opportunities for photographers all over the world. Innovation and creativity are at the heart of everything we do at Nikon, and the launch of the NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S is a prime example of how we are expanding the possibilities of imaging with the large Z mount of our Z Series.”

As part of the S-Line lenses, the NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S delivers superior performance from shooting from a close-up to a far distance. The lens employs extra-low dispersion (ED) glass elements to ensure superior image quality with minimal axial chromatic aberration.

The adoption of Nano Crystal Coat effectively suppresses ghost and flare, contributing to extremely clear photos and videos even in backlit portrait shooting. The lens also has a comfortable-to-operate control ring to which various functions can be assigned. With extreme dust- and drip-resistant capabilities with sealing for various parts, the lens can be reliably used in tough situations.

The new NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S will be available in September.

NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S Primary Features

Outstanding Optimal Performance and Exceptionally Sharp Resolution in Contrast with Beautiful Bokeh Characteristics

From jaw-dropping nature photography to in-door portraits, this lens assures remarkable optimal performance, along with a smooth and natural bokeh effect that allows photographers to effectively emphasise the main subject for both stills and movies.

The beauty of the natural bokeh is best seen with portrait photography, as it at increases gradually as the distance from the focal plane increases. The gentle, rounded bokeh generated when point light sources are blurred exhibits very little colour fringing and remains pleasing all the way to the edges of the frame, enabling a dreamy ambiance.

Moreover, the lens employs the new multi-focusing system that drastically reduces aberrations even when shooting from close distances. As a result, it delivers superior imaging performance with detailed textures.

Superior Movie Recording Performance

With this prime lens, photographers do not have to stress about shooting in hard-hitting environments. The NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S comes packed with an extensive range of filming capabilities, including a control ring for comfortable filming and smooth operation. Elimination of unsolicited noise during a movie filming is credited to the customisable control ring, AF mechanism with the quiet stepping motor (STM), and diaphragm mechanism.

By dinting the diaphragm blade unit with driving mechanism employed on the lens’ body, the camera can accurately control aperture via electronic signals. This delivers stable aperture control (AE) constantly, even during continuous shooting. This smooth and stable aperture control delivers natural exposure changes to movies.

Clarity Within Reach

For ghosting and flare caused by stray light, or even when a strong light source is included in the frame, the Nano Crystal Coat, Nikon’s exclusive anti-reflection coating technology, easily reduces these effects to provide sharp and clear images. Even being in the low lights of a dramatic photoshoot, the addition of two ED glass elements further provides effective compensation for axial chromatic aberration.

Swift Control to Produce Phenomenal Results

By selecting 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.

Published by mynikonlife Jul 31, 2019
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