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Nikkor Z 85mm f/1.8 S Photos and Discussions

Darin Marcus

Well-known member
I just realized I did not create a 'Photos & Discussions' thread for this lens back when I bought it, so here it is :)

I do not take photos of people usually, so I did not use the AFS Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G that much, passing it to a family member when the Z system was announced.
I did not plan to buy the Z version initially, but was intrigued by its lack of aspherical elements, as well as its behavior on the Z50 (~125mm equiv.).

Since buying it I used it a few times and found it better that the F mount version in almost every way (for the things I photograph). I have not used it since August 2020 because of the new kid on the block (the 70-200mm f/2.8 S) on which I've spent almost all my Z time :), but with the recent firmware update for this lens I mounted it on the Z6 and decided to keep it there for a little while...


Nikon Z6, Nikkor Z 85mm f/1.8 S, 1/1250, f/1.8, ISO 100 (Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, April 2021)
 
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Darin Marcus

Well-known member
I've read in several (credible) places on the Internet that this lens was actually designed by Konica-Minolta for Nikon. It does not matter to me, I like it anyway :D


Nikon Z6, Nikkor Z 85mm f/1.8 S, 1/100, f/5.6, ISO 100, -1.0 EC (Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, April 2021)
 

Jan Brittenson

Senior Subscriber Member
I like mine. Nice lens.

I wonder about Konica-Minolta though since they're Sony since a number of years, and it seems unlikely Sony would do anything of the kind... Basically, Sony cameras are Minoltas; that organization was entirely absorbed into a business unit. Sony then invested heavily for them to up their game. This makes the idea doubly unlikely IMO.
 

Darin Marcus

Well-known member
I wonder about Konica-Minolta though since they're Sony since a number of years, and it seems unlikely Sony would do anything of the kind... Basically, Sony cameras are Minoltas; that organization was entirely absorbed into a business unit. Sony then invested heavily for them to up their game. This makes the idea doubly unlikely IMO.
From what I understand, not everything from Konica-Minolta went to Sony. They kept an optical design group that offers their services independently of Sony (https://www.konicaminolta.com/opt/products/reflex/index.html). The claims on the Internet are that even some of the more recent F mount Nikkor lenses were designed by Konica-Minolta - or by them in collaboration with Nikon - (I believe that some of the mentioned lenses were the 20mm f/1.8G, the 24mm f/1.8G - which I own - and even the 28mm f/1.4E). Some of these claims are based on published patents that people associate with these lenses.

I have no first hand info to validate these claims...
 

Darin Marcus

Well-known member
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Darin Marcus

Well-known member
One more from the first session:


Nikon Z6, Nikkor Z 85mm f/1.8 S, 1/20, f/1.8, ISO 100, -0.3 EC, VR On (Freer Gallery of Art, Washington DC, February 2020)
 

Darin Marcus

Well-known member
Quick fix, or work of art?


Nikon Z6, Nikkor Z 85mm f/1.8 S, 1/25, f/8, ISO 100, VR On (Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, April 2021)
 
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