Nikkor Z 85mm f/1.8 S (FX) - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
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Sample Shots

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Focal Length85.0mm
Aperture:f/2.8
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Focal Length85.0mm
Aperture:f/2.2
Exposure1/2500s

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Focal Length85.0mm
Aperture:f/5.6
Exposure1/400s

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Focal Length85.0mm
Aperture:f/2.2
Exposure1/2500s

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ISO Speed100
Focal Length85.0mm
Aperture:f/5.6
Exposure1/320s

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ISO Speed100
Focal Length85.0mm
Aperture:f/7.1
Exposure1/400s

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Focal Length85.0mm
Aperture:f/7.1
Exposure1/640s

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Focal Length85.0mm
Aperture:f/2.2
Exposure1/5000s

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Focal Length85.0mm
Aperture:f/2.2
Exposure1/800s

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Focal Length85.0mm
Aperture:f/2.8
Exposure1/400s

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Focal Length85.0mm
Aperture:f/1.8
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Focal Length85.0mm
Aperture:f/3.5
Exposure1/1000s

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Focal Length85.0mm
Aperture:f/3.5
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Focal Length85.0mm
Aperture:f/3.2
Exposure1/2500s

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ISO Speed100
Focal Length85.0mm
Aperture:f/6.3
Exposure1/500s

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ISO Speed100
Focal Length85.0mm
Aperture:f/2.8
Exposure1/5000s

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ISO Speed100
Focal Length85.0mm
Aperture:f/5.6
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Focal Length85.0mm
Aperture:f/2.8
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Focal Length85.0mm
Aperture:f/5.6
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Focal Length85.0mm
Aperture:f/5.6
Exposure1/500s

Verdict

The Nikkor Z 85mm f/1.8 S performs on a very high level, delivering very high resolution across the whole frame straight from the maximum aperture.

Background blur is very soft and smooth with evenly filled highlights without visible outlining. Bokeh fringing is on a typical level for this lens class.

CAs are very well controlled and no issue at all. Distortion is fairly low natively, even though a tad higher than it used to be on the F-mount lens that was available for the last decade.

Vignetting is moderate at large apertures and no issue at medim apertures and beyond. Software correction can take care of it completely, if required.

The build quality of the lens is on a very high level. There are some plastic parts on the lens body, but most of it is made from aluminum and feels sturdy and solid. Controls on the lens are reduced to a minimum, just the AF/M switch and the focus ring. The latter works electronically though with variable speed and can be customized to control a (small) selection of other functions.

Thanks to a stepping motor, autofocus is very fast and silent.

Performing on such a high level, the lens easily deserves our "Highly Recommended" badge.

Optical Quality:    
★★★★★
Mechanical Quality:
★★★★★
Price/Performance:
★★★★★

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