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This is a brief article about the Nikon Z 85mm prime lens. I am smitten with this lens. It is sharp and the color and contrast are truly magnificent.

Photo: Zinnia One, Nikon Z7II & Z 85mm f/1.8, 1/160s, f/5.6, ISO: 64, Spot metering, Manual Mode.

The Nikon Z7II & Z 85mm (filter 67mm) is a truly professional lens. Aperture ranges from f/1.8 to f/16 and has nine blades which help produce a very appealing bokeh. This lens weighs about one pound and feels very solid in your hand. Nikon asserts that the lens is “Extensively sealed to keep dust and moisture out.”

The Z 85mm is sharp and the contrast and color is very good.

Photo: Emergency Response, Nikon Z7II & Z 85mm, 1/13s, f/4.5, ISO: 2500. We may not think of an 85mm lens as being a handy street photography lens, but it can be given the proper circumstance.

Photo: Meat Lovers Delight, Nikon Z7II & Z 85mm, 1/100s, f/14, ISO: 4000. What a difference some light makes. I was able to shoot at f/14 which gave me the DoF to capture the delicacies at close range. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 2.79 feet but at that close range, it’s best to use a higher f-number as DoF gets narrower as we approach our subject of interest.

Photo: Yet Another Zinnia!, Z7II & Z 85mm, 1/100s, f/16, ISO: 400.

Let’s flip that horizontally, shall we?

Photo: Fountain, Nikon Z7II & Z 85mm, 1/5000s, f/1.8, ISO: 100. Note how that shallow DoF comes through here at f/1.8.

Photo: Christmas parade, Nikon Z7II & Z 85mm, 1/100s, f/5, ISO: 4000. Center Weighted metering.