Nikon Z 85mm f/1.8 S Review

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Nikon's first 85mm prime lens for their full-frame mirrorless Z cameras performs very well with regard to contrast, resolution, Bokeh, focus reliability, color aberrations, and coma. It produces sharp and contrasty images that are an excellent fit for the 45MP Z7 sensor. Plus it is hardened well against the elements and its focus ring can be assigned different tasks like exposure compensation or aperture setting.
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We’re getting used to Nikon’s Z-mount primes offering unsurpassed image quality, and the Nikon Z 85mm f/1.8 S is no exception. With impressive centre sharpness and minimal distortion, this would make the perfect lens for any wedding, portrait or event photographer. While it would have been nice if the lens went down to f/1.4, the maximum aperture of f/1.8 delivers such a stunning shallow depth-of-field that we didn’t miss that extra 2/3 stop of light. If you’re looking for a high-quality portrait lens for your Z-mount camera, the Z 85mm f/1.8 S is it.
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We have already reviewed the Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/2.8 and Nikkor Z 14-30mm f/4 full frame lenses for the new Nikon Z system cameras. Both were found to be exceptional performers, duly picking up the accolade of Editor's Choice. As the system expands and the choice of lenses widens, the continuation of this high standard will be crucial to its success, so it is with great interest that we now look at the new Nikkor Z 85mm f/1.8S, using the 45.4MP Nikon Z7 camera body. Can Nikon do it again? We find out....
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