A Look at the Nikon NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.2 S Lens

Nikon's impressive new NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.2 S lens is here, and along with it comes some of the best image quality and optical performance ever seen from Nikon, at least on paper. How does it perform in the real world, though? This great video takes a look at the lens and how it balances and feels on some of Nikon's most popular mirrorless cameras. 

Coming to you from Matt Irwin Photography, this excellent video review takes a look at the new Nikon NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.2 S lens, including a preview of its image quality and how it balances on some of Nikon's most popular bodies. For those of you considering the lens for DX format cameras, remember that it becomes a 127.5mm focal length on such bodies. The 85mm lens is the classic choice for wedding and portrait photographers, and it is often where manufacturers will show off some of their most extreme and uncompromising optical design. Of course, with that extreme design comes a high price, though not out of line with such lenses. Altogether, it looks like for those who desire uncompromising performance, the 85mm f/1.2 is going to be quite a heavy hitter. Check out the video above for more from Irwin. 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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Love Matt's content. His enthusiasm is infectious. Just incredibly positive and kind. Like the anti-polin. His b roll videos make me miss Australia so much.

No his enthusiasm is not infectious. It came across as fake. A Polin review review video at least has a point to it. This is the most pointless video review I have watched in some time.

This lens looks so awesome and interesting, but at $2800 it's hard for me to justify the creative output I make make owning one of these. Truth is these days I find myself shooting less and less wide open and more stopped down maybe because it's kind of out of fashion and crazy bokeh is starting to look like the "photographer's photo" if you know what I mean. But glad Nikon has released this for sure.

What a waste of time. Just an aesthetic jerkathon. Seriously Matt?

What a complete waste of time that video was. Comes across as a paid advert.