Nikon Officially Adds 85mm f/1.2 S and 26mm f/2.8 Lenses to Z-Series02/06/2023
After teasing their development at CES earlier this month, Nikon has officially added a pair of FX-format lenses to the Z-series lineup: the NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.2 S and NIKKOR Z 26mm f/2.8. Featuring a classic focal length and exceptionally fast maximum aperture, the 85mm is sure to become a favorite among professional portrait, wedding, and fashion photographers. Balancing the release, the 26mm is a tiny, everyday prime perfect for photographers getting started with street, architecture, and landscape photography.
The latest entry into Nikon's S-Line is a substantial upgrade over the NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S, courting serious portrait photographers whose work would benefit from its advanced optics, responsive focusing and, of course, headline-grabbing f/1.2 aperture. No stranger to large-diameter lenses, Nikon's newest prime promises excellent low-light performance, razor-sharp selective focusing, and silky smooth bokeh.
Comprising fifteen elements in ten groups, with an 82mm filter thread, the new lens possesses all the heft and presence one would expect from a high-performing prime. Notable in its design is one extra-low dispersion and two aspherical elements, which compensate for aberration, keeping images clear and clean. Like previous Z-series lenses, the 85mm relies on a Nano Crystal Coat to prevent ghosting and lens flare when working with challenging lighting. It can focus as close as 34 inches with a maximum magnification ratio of 0.11x.
Dual STM motors provide focusing that is fast enough for dynamic subjects and quiet enough for video recording. Alternatively, a manual focus ring can be used to achieve the exact focus desired for a shot. Tailored on-lens control is possible, thanks to a customizable control ring and L-Fn button on the barrel of the lens. Finally, the 85mm f/1.2 S is weather sealed, making it equally at home outdoors as it is in the studio.
On the other end of the spectrum, the NIKKOR Z 26mm f/2.8 is an ultra-compact lens made for photographers wanting a wide prime to carry around daily. Measuring less than an inch in length and weighing less than 5 ounces, it has the footprint of a ghost whether on an FX or DX-series (39mm equivalent focal length) camera.
Complementing its condensed build is a specially designed hood and cap to protect without adding much bulk. It uses an all-element STM focusing system, has a 7-bladed diaphragm, and incorporates three aspherical elements for clean capture. Settings can be adjusted on-lens via a control ring, and it accepts a 52mm filter. Rounding out its everyday appeal, the 26mm is weather sealed so it can be taken virtually anywhere without worry.
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The 26 mm f 2.8 immediately jumped out at me as the perfect lens to carry with me in my job as an airline pilot. I do a considerable amount of night flying and I've seen some incredible views of the aurora. I now carry my Z6 on all my trips, and the 26 mm f 2.8 lens will be great for shooting in the confined spaces of the cockpit. It will allow me to place my camera on the glare shield and shoot out the forward window, or mount to the side window with a suction cup to capture video or time laps exposures during the flight.