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Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 lens for Nikon Z to be announced soon – according to report

Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 Z
(Image credit: Viltrox)

Viltrox is set to announce a brand-new mirrorless 85mm f/1.8 Z optic for Nikon Z mount mirrorless cameras.

The company already has established a firm footing in producing optics for mirrorless cameras including a trio of fast primes for Canon's EOS M cameras and an 85mm f/1.8 optic for Sony's mirrorless full frame E-mount. So the new Z mount 85mm addition seems like a natural progression.

According to Nikon Rumors, while no specific release date is confirmed, it comes just moment before Nikon's Nikkor 85mm f/1.2 Z is due to hit the shelves on 11 December, so we'd imagine it would be available around this time to compete with Nikon, offering Nikon Z users a more affordable short telephoto options with a slightly 'slower' maximum aperture.

The Sony-fit Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 retails for $399.

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Dan Mold

Technique editor on PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine, Dan brings his technical wizardry to DCW from from Practical Photography and Digital Photo. A Photoshop guru, Dan is also a beast at post-processing, making him the perfect person to share tips and tricks both in-camera and in post. Able to shoot all genres, he's a particularly keen wildlife photographer –  and unsurprisingly, he's definitely a Canon man!