The Nikkor Z 85mm f/1.8 S is now available for pre-order

(Image credit: Nikon)

Nikon continues to build its full frame mirrorless Nikon Z system, with its fifth native lens for the Z mount. The Nikkor Z 85mm f/1.8 S is a comparatively light and affordable prime portrait lens that Nikon says can nevertheless ‘outshine’ previous f/1.4 lenses. 

We knew this was on the Nikon Z lens roadmap, but now we have a delivery date. You can already use Nikon’s regular DSLR lenses with the Nikon Z 6 and Nikon Z 7 via the Nikon FTZ Mount Adaptor, but the native Nikkor Z lenses are smaller, lighter and optimised for Nikon’s mirrorless cameras.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at