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Press release:

Flawless & Flattering: The New Nikkor Z 85mm f/1.2 S Prime Lens
Nikon Also Announces the Ultra Slim and Lightweight NIKKOR Z 26mm f/2.8 Pancake Lens

Melville, NY (February 6 2023) –

Today, Nikon Inc. has announced the highly anticipated NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.2 S, a professional-level ultra-fast prime lens that exemplifies the powerful potential of the Nikon Z Mount for those capturing stills or video footage, whether it be studio head shots, weddings, events, high fashion, b-roll, close ups and more. This 85mm portrait lens with an incredibly fast f/1.2 aperture delivers the ultimate in image quality for the most discerning clients, plus the benefits of a flattering, compressing focal length that dissolves the background into a beautiful and intoxicating bokeh. Nikon has also released the slimmest and lightest full-frame AF NIKKOR lens ever created1, the NIKKOR Z 26mm f/2.8 “pancake” lens. This new ultra-compact lens is made for creators, offering versatility for capturing all kinds of content from street style and landscapes to everyday casual snaps.

“The NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.2 S is a lens that unquestionably exhibits the extraordinary potential of the Z mount to resolve amazing details and dimensionality, and I’m confident this lens will quickly establish itself with legendary status among its users,” said Jay Vannatter, Executive Vice President, Nikon Inc. “The NIKKOR Z line continues to expand to benefit all kinds of creators, and those who adore the idea of carrying a super slim, light, sharp and fast walk-around lens will love NIKKOR Z 26mm f/2.8.”

NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.2 S: Beautiful Bokeh and Precise AF

The view from this premium S line lens is nothing short of captivating. Ultra-high-resolution and intense sharpness renders skin texture and hair realistically, with a striking yet gradual depth of field and abundant light gathering ability that only a lens with a wide f/1.2 aperture could offer. Focus on the eyes creates a deep human connection between the viewer and the subject, with three-dimensional rendering that portrays a heightened level of emotion and depth.

What makes the new NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.2 S lens extraordinary isn’t immediately apparent; the outstanding optical performance goes beyond the impressive sharpness to create a truly unique optic, with special emphasis given to the distinct character of the bokeh and out-of-focus area. The background blur is soft and natural, while the transition from the plane of focus is subtle and gradual. Wide open, the depth is utterly astounding, and even when stopping down it’s downright dreamy and opulent with smooth and circular bokeh that drives attention to the subject to create a glamourous appearance that’s desirable for fashion, boudoir and brides.

Similar to the coveted NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 NOCT, the optical construction includes 11 rounded diaphragm blades, which work together with the fast aperture to melt away point light sources into round and soft circles. Additionally, the use of ED glass suppresses color fringing, while the position of lens elements is carefully considered to eliminate any kind of “onion-ring” characteristics.

The new NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.2 S benefits from Nikon’s advanced multi-focusing system for enhanced optical performance at close distances as well as rapid AF performance that enables precise accuracy even with the razor-thin depth of field at f/1.2. This is the precision that helps to capture what’s most important; from a model’s dynamic poses, a couple’s fleeting emotional embrace, or intricate event details. To achieve this level of performance, the NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.2 S’s multi-focusing system consists of two stepping (STM) motors to coordinate positioning of two focusing lens groups simultaneously. These small-diameter, high-torque STM’s in the AF mechanism ensure outstandingly quiet, fast, and accurate operation.

Additional Features of the new NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.2 S

  • A Nikon first, f/1.2 aperture on an 85mm lens, provides shallow depth of field, gorgeous bokeh and amazing light gathering capability.
  • A minimum focusing distance of only 2.8ft / 0.85m lets you get close to subjects for immaculate details.
  • Embrace shooting with challenging backlight thanks to a Nano Crystal Coat that suppresses ghosting and flare.
  • Videographers will appreciate the quiet operational sound and fast AF afforded by the STM motors, the minimized focus breathing2 as well as the support for manual linear focusing on select cameras.
  • The independent control ring and an additional L-Fn button are fully customizable.
  • The optical formula consists of 15 elements in 10 groups with 2 aspherical elements and one ED element. The ED lens effectively reduces chromatic aberration while the aspherical lens reduces spherical aberration, distortion, and other aberrations.
  • The lens is constructed of durable magnesium alloy, while superior dust and drip-resistance is ensured by sealing in various areas including movable parts of the lens barrel and mount.3

The NIKKOR Z 26mm f/2.8: A Premium Pancake for Every-Day Carry

The new NIKKOR Z 26mm f/2.8 is a super-thin wide angle prime for Z series mirrorless cameras, and it’s Nikon’s slimmest and lightest full-frame AF lens ever. Despite its small size, the lens packs a tremendous punch with superior sharpness and beautiful blurred backgrounds with a fast f/2.8 aperture. This is the first NIKKOR Z lens to be slender and light enough to be considered a true “pancake”, with a total length of less than one inch (23.5mm) and a weight of approximately 4.5oz (125g).

The new NIKKOR Z 26mm f/2.8 is so small and lightweight, it’s easy to take anywhere to capture photos and video with maximum impact. Whether shooting street photography, travel vlogs or landscape shots in a unique location, the NIKKOR Z 26mm f/2.8 has you covered as the perfect companion wherever the journey may lead.

Additional Features of the NIKKOR Z 26mm f/2.8

  • The slimness and lightness are achieved thanks to the adoption of an All-element focusing system, as well as three aspherical lens elements.
  • When mounted on a DX-format camera, the focal length becomes 39mm (equivalent), similar to a standard angle lens.
  • A minimum focus distance of approx. eight inches (0.2m) lets users to get close to their subjects.
  • Use of an STM motor enables a highly accurate AF drive.
  • Functions such as aperture and exposure compensation can be assigned to the control ring.
  • Includes a new lens cap and a lens hood that has been specially designed to be slim and work with 52mm filters (filters sold separately)
  • The lens is fitted with a durable metal mount, and the body is designed carefully considering dust- and drip-resistant performance enabling it to be taken anywhere with greater confidence.3

Price and availability:

The new NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.2 S will be available in late March 2023 for a suggested retail price of $2,799.95*, while the NIKKOR Z 26mm f/2.8 will be available in early March for $499.95* SRP. For more information about the latest Nikon products, including other NIKKOR Z lenses and the entire collection of Z series cameras, please visit nikonusa.com.

1. Slimmest among full-frame/FX-format AF lenses for mirrorless cameras, available as of February 7, 2023; statement based on Nikon research and lightest among NIKKOR Z lenses available as of February 7, 2023.
2. Focus breathing may be noticeable depending on the distance between the lens and the subject due to the characteristics of the lens.
3. Thorough dust- and drip-resistance is not guaranteed in all situations or under all conditions.
*SRP (Suggested Retail Price) listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time.

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Nikon Nikkor Z 85mm F1.2 S Specs

Lens type - Prime lens
Max Format size - 35mm FF
Focal length - 85 mm
Image stabilization - No
Lens mount - Nikon Z

Maximum aperture - F1.2
Minimum aperture - F16
Aperture ring - No
Number of diaphragm blades - 11

Elements - 15
Groups - 10
Special elements / coatings: Nano Crystal Coating, 1 ED element, 2 aspherical elements

Minimum focus - 0.85 m (33.46″)
Maximum magnification - 0.11×
Autofocus - Yes
Motor type - Stepper motor
Full time manual - No
Focus method - Internal
Distance scale - No
DoF scale - No

Weight - 1160 g (2.56 lb)
Diameter - 103 mm (4.06″)
Length - 142 mm (5.59″)
Materials - magnesium alloy
Sealing - Yes
Colour - Black
Filter thread - 82 mm
Hood supplied - Yes
Hood product code - HB-106
Tripod collar - No

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Nikon Nikkor Z 26mm F2.8 Specs

Lens type - Prime lens
Max Format size - 35mm FF
Focal length - 26 mm
Image stabilization - No
Lens mount - Nikon Z

Maximum aperture - F2.8
Minimum aperture - F16
Aperture ring - No
Number of diaphragm blades - 7
Aperture notes - Rounded blades

Elements - 8
Groups - 6
Special elements / coatings: 3 aspherical elements

Minimum focus - 0.20 m (7.87″)
Maximum magnification  - 0.19×
Autofocus - Yes
Motor type - Stepper motor
Full time manual - No
Focus method - Unit
Distance scale - No
DoF scale - No

Weight - 125 g (0.28 lb)
Diameter - 70 mm (2.76″)
Length - 24 mm (0.94″)
Sealing - Yes
Colour - Black
Filter thread - 52 mm
Filter notes - Filters screw on to lens hood
Hood supplied - Yes
Hood product code - HB-111
Tripod collar - No

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Nikon has officially announced a new pair of FX-format lenses for the Z-series lineup: the NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.2 S and NIKKOR Z 26mm f/2.8. The long-awaited 85mm boasts an aperture of f/1.2, with impressively smooth, quiet and fast autofocus. Equally impressive is the tiny 26mm, perfect for photographers getting started with street, architecture, and landscape photography.

  • 0:00 Intro
  • 0:31 NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.2 S
  • 3:15 NIKKOR Z 26mm f/2.8


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In the midst of swirling blizzard, Chris and Jordan took the new Nikkor Z 85mm F1.2 out to see who could take the better portrait of their co-host. Learn more about this impressive lens, and let us know in the comments who took the better photos!

  • 0:00 - Intro
  • 0:45 - Available light portraits
  • 1:59 - Design and handling
  • 2:25 - Autofocus
  • 2:50 - Bokeh
  • 3:26 - Breathing
  • 4:04 - Lit portraits
  • 5:06 - Who is it for?


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To kick off this year, yet another EPIC lens is added to the Nikon Z mount lineup.
For portrait, wedding, editorial, life style, art photography and more, along with being a deeply cinematic lens for filmmakers, Nikon delivers yet another level of optical brilliance. 

With Thanks To Eleanor, Leo, Jospeh, Edward, Wayne and Dora you guys all ROCK !!!

  • 00:00 EPIC INTRO
  • 00:40 85mm f/1.2 S Close Up
  • 01:15 First still examples shot at f/1.2 in the field
  • 01:45 85mm with Profoto strobe
  • 02:00 Sample Images
  • 02:27 Lens Introduction
  • 02:42 Even more secret sauce in the 85mm f/1.2 S
  • 02:55 Two x STM focus motors in NIKKOR 85mm f/1.2 S
  • 03:51 Using the 85mm across many use cases 
  • 04:17 Cropping on 85mm
  • 04:45 Could this be for every photographer?
  • 05:05 Allows so many options for expression
  • 05:28 THE NIKKOR 85mm f/1.2 S LOOK! With Lots of samples
  • 06:10 Auto focus, how good is it?
  • 07:11 It is a super sharp lens, all the time
  • 07:50 Every single shot in this video on the 85mm f/1.2 S is at f/1.2
  • 08:00 This lens delivers a cinematique experience with outstanding separation 
  • 08:20 Spectacular Bokeh
  • 08:50 Why do I want this lens?
  • 09:45 Great corner sharpness and no vignetting?
  • 09:56 Outstanding stabilisation
  • 10:16 The lens close up - The front element - Professional engineering
  • 11:30 Focus Ring, function button, AF switch and ‘aperture ring’
  • 12:03 What is the weight? What is the length?
  • 12:52 How does it feel on the Z 9, Z 6, Z 7?
  • 13:10 How does the 85mm f/1.2 S compare to 85mm f/1.8 S?
  • 14:05 What bodies does it work on?
  • 14:25 Summary with Images
  • 15:20 And your comments
  • 15:35 85mm Poll
  • 15:50 Goodbye !
  • 16:12 More sample images


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The 85mm 1.2 for some is a must have lens.  It is now shipping globally. Will you get one?? Come see why this is such a special lens. 

  • 00:00 Intro
  • 00:25 Seems there are good stocks out there
  • 01:00 Check out my full review
  • 01:41 Opening the Box
  • 01:51 The Retail Box
  • 02:10 Whoops hidden lens hood !!!
  • 02:52 Close up look at the lens hood
  • 03:02 SOME SPECS
  • 03:30 Lighter than the Canon 85 1.2
  • 03:50 Price $$$
  • 04:00 Check out the 85mm comparison vid
  • 04:45 The Focus is fast
  • 05:00 It is an optically fast lens
  • 05:30 Is the 85m good value?
  • 05:45 How does it look on the Z9
  • 06:25 Buttons and rings
  • 06:43 It is a cinematic lens?
  • 07:35 How good is it?
  • 08:10 So stabilised how good is the IBIS!!!
  • 08:40 ON THE ZFC
  • 09:35 Your turn to comment
  • 10:05 OUTRO


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I’ve had so much fun testing and shooting the heck out of Nikon’s new 85 1.2 S portrait lens for the past few weeks in Cuba. It’s big, heavy, expensive and creates amazing images. In this video I’ll share some pros and cons of using this lens, go through a bunch of sample images and compare it to Nikon’s cheaper, lighter 85 1.8 S and my beloved 105 1.4 F lens on the FTZ. In the end, I’ll share why, despite loving it, I'm not keeping this new lens for myself.

  • 00:00 Intro to ATS 250
  • 00:57 Testing the new 85 1.2 here in Cuba
  • 01:56 I use a Kase 3-stop ND filter to enable F1.2 in daylight
  • 03:19 85 1.2 S example images from Cuba
  • 08:38 How & why I’ve been working more in monochrome
  • 10:25 Comparing the 85 1.2 S vs the 85 1.8 S
  • 13:12 Pros / Cons of the 85 1.2 S & Who is it for?
  • 14:30 Why I’m personally not keeping it.
  • 16:01 The 85 1.2 S vs the Nikon 105 1.4 F-mount
  • 18:23 The 105 1.4 F is still a very special lens
  • 20:16 For Video the 85 1.2 S has  advantages
  • 20:47 Why my 105 1.4 remains my portrait prime
  • 22:14 Cuba has been amazing
  • 23:25 Thanks for using my links!


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