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Nikkor Z 85mm f/1.2 S and Nikkor Z 26mm f/2.8

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Press release:

Nikon is developing the NIKKOR Z 85MM F/1.2 S, a fast mid-telephoto prime lens, and the NIKKOR Z 26mm f/2.8, a slim wide-angle prime lens for the Nikon Z mount system

LAS VEGAS-CES Booth #17914 (January 4th 2023) – Nikon Inc. is pleased to announce the development of the NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.2 S, a fast mid-telephoto prime lens, and the NIKKOR Z 26mm f/2.8, a slim wide-angle prime lens, for full-frame (FX-format) Nikon Z series mirrorless cameras.

The NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.2 S is part of the S-Line1 NIKKOR Z lens series, and realizes both superior rendering performance and large, beautiful bokeh. It expands possibilities for users capturing portraits in areas such as weddings and fashion.

The NIKKOR Z 26mm f/2.8 achieves outstanding slimness and lightness, as well as high rendering performance, making it an ideal lens for advanced amateur photographers who take their camera everywhere so as not to miss a moment.

Nikon will continue to pursue a new dimension in optical performance while meeting users' needs, contributing to the development of imaging culture, with the hope of expanding possibilities for imaging expression.

These lenses will be displayed at Nikon’s booth (Central Hall #17914) at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas from January 5-8, 2023.

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Nikon has development announced the 85mm f/1.2 S and 26mm f/2.8 pancake, personally I am very excited, what do you think?

  • 00:00 Intro
  • 00:17 85mm 1.2 is on its way.
  • 00:59 Why should we be so excited about the 85mm f/1.2 S?
  • 01:57 The 50mm f/1.2 S and how it informs the 85mm 1.2
  • 02:30 85mm 1.2 is over two years younger than 50mm 1.2
  • 02:55 Will the 85mm 1.2 be the best mid-tele prime ever made?
  • 03:20 It must be coming soon?
  • 03:45 Nikon Press Release for the 85mm 1.2
  • 04:20 What creative opportunities will the 85mm 1.2 allow for?
  • 05:19 What can we expect when we crop the 85mm?
  • 06:31 85mm 1.2 can give a lot of creative potential to a photographers kit
  • 07:15 26mm f/2.8 Overview
  • 07:55 Where do these type of ‘pancakes’ fit in?
  • 08:25 What might it look like compared to the 28mm f/2.8
  • 09:15 Please comment!
  • 09:35 Outro


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  • 00:00 Try On Intro
  • 00:45 Sneak Peak 85mm Review
  • 01:20 Z 9 and 85mm f/1.2 S
  • 01:55 Z 30 and 85mm f/1.2 S
  • 03:00 Z 30 - how does it look with the 85?
  • 03:38 Z fc Z and 85mm f/1.2 S
  • 04:59 Z 50 and 85mm f/1.2 S
  • 05:45 Z 6 and 85mm f/1.2 S
  • 06:17 Z 6 II and 85mm f/1.2 S
  • 06:30 85mm f/1.2 S can focus fast on any camera?
  • 07:05 Z 7 and 85mm f/1.2 S
  • 08:28 Summation of the 85mm f/1.2 S across a range of Z cameras
  • 09:10 And it is your turn to comment 🙂
  • 09:20 Outro


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With the release of the all new Nikkor Z 85mm f1.2 S Line lens, Nikon has brought to market arguably the bet 85mm lens available.  Beautiful bokeh, sharp, great colors and blazing fast autofocusing paired with the Nikon Z9.  The Nikkor Z 85mm f1.2 S lens will be ideal for many who are looking for a portraiture lens, or even for product photography.

  • 00:00 Intro and Video Sample
  • 00:30 Sample Images
  • 01:22 Lightroom 
  • 06:36 Autofocus Comparison
  • 07:23 Conclusion


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85’s are for almost everybody, which one is for you?
We test a lot of optical performance in this video, hopefully it'll help you choose 🙂

  • 00:00 Intro
  • 00:20 Introducing the video
  • 01:00 Introducing the 4 lens 
  • 01:36 Lots of 85mm options for Z mount across the price range
  • 02:10 Capture One now shows HE* and HE in the ‘Format’ TAB
  • 02:24 I now shoot completely in High Efficiency *
  • 02:45 The range of lenses
  • 03:32 Looking closely at aberrations / fringing in Capture One
  • 05:14 Close look at bokeh across the 4 lenses in Capture One
  • 05:56 NIKKOR Z 1.8 primes are in general better than F mount 1.4’s  
  • 07:00 Looking at bokeh balls towards the edge
  • 07:45 Centre sharpness
  • 09:20 Sharpness towards the corners
  • 10:52 ISO’s on the Z 9 are great in video
  • 12:17 Focus breathing
  • 13:30 Bokeh ball shapes across the 4 lens in video
  • 14:15 Bokeh balls NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8 S
  • 15:28 Bokeh balls Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 Z - struggles changing apertures whilst videoing
  • 16:45 Bokeh balls NIKKOR AF-S 85mm f/1.4 G
  • 17:30 Capture One looking closely at flaring, sharpness and aberrations
  • 18:25 Sharpness
  • 18:40 Flaring
  • 19:05 How do out of focus areas look?
  • 19:32 More images from the 85mm 1.2 S
  • 20:15 So which one should you buy, what is best?
  • 22:20 What do you think? Please comment! 
  • 22:30 Outro


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Joe and I hit the street with the 85mm 1.2 x 2 the Z8 and Z9 to see what we can capture in a few hours.  Here we can see the importance of good cinematic B-Roll, how much extra it brings to a piece, the beautiful bokeh in every image, and why actually demonstrating this masterpiece lens, is so much better than talking about it. 

  • 00:00 video spec
  • 00:10 Amazing Joe intro
  • 00:53 Video Intro
  • 01:35 What is B-Roll?
  • 02:10 Stills and video has fully merged in the mirrorless age
  • 02:39 The ease of swapping between video and stills
  • 02:55 UFO points !?!
  • 03:12 The Importance of B-Roll
  • 04:10 Joe loves his 85 1.2
  • 04:20 You can shoot in any conditions with the 85mm 1.2
  • 05:10 When did they start designing the 85mm 1.2?
  • 05:45 How many lenses have been thought about so far?
  • 07:05 Lets Talk 85mm 1.4 G
  • 07:50 Filming Speed Skating on the 85mm 1.2 S
  • 08:55 B-Roll interlude
  • 09:15 Can you get every shot on the 85mm?
  • 10:00 Can you always get the shot?
  • 11:15 Is it outstanding? Is it about bragging?
  • 13:03 The WRAP, What an awesome night.
  • 13:55 Closing B-Roll
  • 14:15 Count Matt …. ?


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