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Prime time for Nikon Nikkor Z series

Posted on Apr 4, 2023

Travelling creatives and professional portrait shooters have gained new Z mount options for Nikkor Z mirrorless series

As predicted in issue 103 of PN, Nikon has added two lenses – the 26mm f/2.8 and 85mm f/1.2 S – to its Nikkor Z mirrorless series.

The 26mm f/2.8 is a wide-angle ‘pancake’ prime lens, and is Nikon’s smallest to date. Weighing just 125g and at only 23.5mm long, yet benefiting from metal construction and sealed against dust and water, this little lens will be a companion for on-the-go creatives. 

The 26mm focal length suits a range of subjects and styles, including street, landscape, architecture and interiors – and with a minimum focus distance of 20cm, it’s also appropriate for close-ups.

Promises of high image quality even in low-light environments, minimal focus breathing and a silent control ring mean the 26mm f/2.8 should attract interest from photographers and videographers alike.

The 85mm f/1.2 S sits within the premium S-Line of Nikkor Z lenses. It’s targeted at pro portrait photographers, with its wide f/1.2 maximum aperture and Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat, designed to prevent reflections and flare even in direct sunlight.

The 85mm f/1.2 S features fast and quiet autofocus with responsive tracking and easily customisable controls for speedier operation. The lens is weather sealed to provide extra protection when shooting on location. 

The 26mm f/2.8 costs £529, while the 85mm f/1.2 S is priced at £2999. Both will be available in early March 2023.

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Originally featured in Issue 105 of Photography News.

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