A Review of the Impressive Nikon NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.2 S Lens

The Nikon NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.2 S lens has captured attention with its radical design and potential for exceptional image quality and stunning bokeh. But does it live up to these expectations, especially with so much stiff competition out there? This detailed video review explores the sort of performance and image quality you will be able to expect from the lens in real-world usage. 

Coming to you from Christopher Frost this excellent video review takes a look at the new Nikon NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.2 S lens. Due to their status among portrait and wedding photographers, 85mm lenses with wide maximum apertures serve as a platform for manufacturers to display their top-tier features and optical craftsmanship, with Nikon's 85mm f/1.2 being a prime example. Naturally, such high-performance lenses command premium prices, yet this model's cost aligns well with comparable lenses from competing brands. It's particularly noteworthy how this lens maintains sharpness even at its widest apertures, a range where historically, lenses have struggled with clarity. Although not essential for every photographer, especially when the NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S, offers a $2,000 savings for those with less stringent demands, for those seeking peak performance, this lens is remarkably compelling. Check out the video above for Frost's full thoughts on the lens. 

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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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I love this lens for concerts!