85mm is the classic focal length of choice for portrait photography, and in the past few years, we have seen an influx of high-quality f/1.8 variants that are significantly more affordable than their f/1.4 and f/1.2 cousins. This excellent video review takes a look at one such lens, the Nikon NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S.
- Two extra-low dispersion elements for reduced chromatic aberrations and increased clarity
- Nano Crystal Coat and Super Integrated Coating for reduced surface and internal reflections and reduced flares and ghosting
- Multi-focus system with two separate AF drive units for faster autofocus with increased accuracy and low noise, suitable for both photo and video work
- Full-time manual focus override
- Customizable Control Ring
- Electromagnetic aperture mechanism for increased exposure stability
- Dust- and moisture-resistant design
- Nine rounded aperture blades for smoother bokeh
Altogether, the 85mm f/1.8 S looks to be a quality professional portrait lens that offers a reasonable maximum aperture and good performance at an affordable price. Check out the video above for Frost’s full thoughts.