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Nikon Unveils its new NIKKOR Z 85MM F/1.8 S with Beautiful Bokeh Characteristics



Latest in the NIKKOR Z S-Line lenses series; Fast, f/1.8 high-performance prime lens developed for achieving elaborate bokeh characteristics for portrait shooting



New Delhi – 31st July 2019: Nikon India Pvt. Ltd. 100% subsidiary of Nikon Corporation Tokyo, today announced a new addition to the S-Line lenses with the launch of the NIKKOR Z 85MM F/1.8 S. This medium-telephoto prime lens makes the most of the new Nikon Z mount system to achieve ground-breaking optimal performance along with ultra-sharp resolution and enhanced bokeh characteristics for high-quality still images and movies.

Empowered by the Z mount system that fully utilises the large mount and short flange distance to allow more entry of light, the NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S is a fast and highly practical lens for portrait photography. Unlike ordinary lenses, with the NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S, natural peripheral illumination can be retained by receiving the exact amount of light throughout the entire frame from the center, middle, to the peripheral areas.

Offering outstanding rendering capability and superior operability with a constant maximum aperture of f/1.8, this lens captures beautiful bokeh of natural depth unlike with smart devices.

The NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S lens is the perfect fit for users who:

  • Prefer to take portraits with beautiful bokeh characteristics
  • Require a quiet focusing prime lens ideal for movie recording
  • Prefer to enjoy the high image quality that the Nikon Z mount system can provide

As part of the S-Line lenses, the NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S delivers superior performance from shooting from a close-up to a far distance. The lens employs extra-low dispersion (ED) glass elements that ensure superior image quality with minimal axial chromatic aberration. The adoption of Nano Crystal Coat effectively suppresses ghost and flare, contributing to extremely clear photos and videos even in backlit portrait shooting. The lens also has a comfortable-to-operate control ring to which various functions can be assigned. With extreme dust- and drip-resistant capabilities with sealing for various parts, the lens can be reliably used in tough situations. 

NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S Primary Features

• Outstanding Optimal Performance and Exceptionally Sharp Resolution in Contrast with Beautiful Bokeh Characteristics
From jaw-dropping nature photography to in-door portraits, whether shooting droplets of rain or a wedding photoshoot by the sea. This lens assures a remarkable optimal performance along with a smooth and natural bokeh effect that allows photographers to effectively emphasize the main subject for both stills and movies. The beauty of the natural bokeh that increases gradually as the distance from the focal plane increases is best seen with portrait photography. The gentle, rounded bokeh generated when point light sources are blurred exhibits very little colour fringing and remains pleasing all the way to the edges of the frame, enabling expression of a dreamy ambiance.

Moreover, the lens employs the new multi-focusing system that drastically reduces aberrations even when shooting from close distances, and as a result, delivers superior imaging performance with detailed textures.

• Superior Movie Recording Performance
With this prime lens, photographers do not have to stress about shooting in hard-hitting environments. The NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S comes packed with an extensive range of filming capabilities. The control ring allows comfortable filming and smooth operation. Elimination of unsolicited noise during a movie filming is credited to the customisable control ring, AF mechanism with the quiet stepping motor (STM), and diaphragm mechanism.

By dint of the diaphragm blade unit with driving mechanism employed on the lens’ body, the camera can accurately control aperture via electronic signals. This delivers stable aperture control (AE) constantly, even during continuous shooting. Smooth and stable aperture control delivers natural exposure changes to movies.

• Clarity Within Reach
For ghosting and flare caused by stray light, or even when a strong light source is included in the frame, the Nano Crystal Coat, Nikon's exclusive anti-reflection coating technology, easily reduces these effects to provide sharp and clear images. Even being in the low lights of a dramatic photoshoot, the addition of two ED glass elements further provides effective compensation for axial chromatic aberration.

• Swift Control to Produce Phenomenal Results
Catching rare details such as the depth of your subject’s eyes minutely and sharply, or listening to the sound of a waterfall, as stills or movies can be captured with ease through the lens. By assigning settings on the control ring, creators can eliminate unnecessary noise when shooting a movie or portrait thereby ensuring smooth camera operation. Users have the option of rapidly changing the settings either from the control ring or through a dedicated focus mode switch that allows for manual focus operation to achieve smooth focus transitions.


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About the NIKKOR brand

NIKKOR is Nikon's brand of photographic lenses. The NIKKOR name arose from adding "r", a common practice in the naming of photographic lenses at the time the name was established, to "Nikko", the Romanized abbreviation for Nippon Kogaku K.K., the original name used when the company was established. In November 2018, Nikon announced its milestone achievement of 110 million in total production of NIKKOR lenses for Nikon interchangeable lens cameras.


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Nikon India distributes markets and services the complete range of Nikon imaging products, Nikon Sport Optics & Nikon Instruments. The Nikon Imaging includes Nikon Mirrorless series, Nikon D-SLR, the Nikon COOLPIX and range of NIKKOR lenses & accessories. Headquartered in Gurgaon, Nikon has branch offices in Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Delhi. Nikon India has total of five Nikon owned Service Centers (4 Branches and 1 Headquarter), 32 ASCs (authorized service centers), 43 Nikon Collection Centers and over 3000 dealer base for complete service & support for Nikon customers. Nikon has also set up 143 Experience zones pan India which showcases the entire range of Nikon Mirrorless series, D-SLR cameras, COOLPIX cameras and an elaborate range of NIKKOR lenses, Nikon Sport Optics and accessories.

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