Today, Nikon expands its range of high-performance S-Line lenses with the NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.2 S. With its ultra-fast f/1.2 maximum aperture, exquisite bokeh, and incredibly precise autofocus—this Z series mirrorless lens is the ultimate portrait prime.
Optimised for the remarkable light-gathering capability of the Z mount, the NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.2 S offers incredible brightness and detail. It opens up new possibilities for aesthetic control, giving photographers the chance to reimagine what a portrait lens can do.
The spectacular resolving power of this professional portrait lens allows for the masterful reproduction of skin tones and fine details in clothing or make up. Combined with the lens’ ultra-shallow depth of field and creamy bokeh, images take on an almost three-dimensional quality. The bokeh itself is nothing short of sublime: perfectly round, smoothly graded, and with no discernible fringing even around point light sources. For those whose creative vision includes dramatic backlighting—ghosting, reflections, and flare are all thoroughly countered. Even when shooting straight into harsh light sources, the lens enables you to achieve sharp and clear results.
Autofocus is meticulous, enabling photographers to confidently meet the challenge of shooting at f/1.2 and working with a razor-thin focal plane. The lens’ controls are fully customisable and easy to reach, which is ideal when wanting to shoot without breaking eye contact with a subject. In addition, the solid body is extensively sealed to ensure that photographers can work without worrying about the lens—even in dusty locations or changeable weather.
Zurab Kiknadze, Product Manager, Nikon Europe says: “This 85 mm portrait lens is a true landmark in our growing portfolio of exceptional f/1.2 Nikon Z mount lenses. With its ultra-wide aperture and incredible resolving power, this is the kind of lens the Z mount was made for. It’s always hard to judge by specs alone, but I’m very excited to see the undoubtedly amazing work the masters of the craft will produce with this lens in the years to come.”
Summary of key features: NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.2 S
Classic 85 mm focal length: for fashion and fine-art portraiture, as well as editorial and event portraits.
Ultra-fast f/1.2 maximum aperture: allows superb aesthetic control in any light. Photographers can work with an ultra-shallow depth of field and isolate even the tiniest details.
Sublime bokeh: the 11-blade rounded aperture and advanced optical design result in large, soft, creamy bokeh, that’s perfectly round and smoothly graded, with no fringing—even around point light sources.
S-Line optics: phenomenal resolving power for detailed, accurate reproduction of skin tones, patterns, and textures. The clarity of colour and contrast throughout the frame is exceptional.
Liberating clarity: specialised lens elements and Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat control light dispersion and prevent ghosting, reflections, and flare.
Pin-sharp multi-focusing system: two groups of lens elements move in precise synchronisation to keep the intended point of focus sharp, even when subjects move freely.
Captivatingly cinematic: when filming, the ultra-shallow depth of field and stunning bokeh make this portrait lens the perfect choice for close-up shots. Video shooters get quiet autofocus and stable aperture control.
Customisable: functions can be assigned to the L-Fn button and clickless control ring.
Tough: the solid body is extensively sealed at the barrel joints and buttons—and a rubber gasket prevents dust, dirt, or moisture from entering the lens mount.1
PRICE: £2999.00 inc. VAT in the UK
SALES START: Late March 2023
1 The lens is not guaranteed to be dust and drip resistant in all situations and under all conditions