The Nikon Z 85mm f1.8 is an exceptional lens held back by only one problem.
Portrait photographers that work in a studio are going to adore the Nikon Z 85mm f1.8. I must admit, every time a Nikon unit came in for review, I sighed. We often get these great lenses that are stellar all around but limited by a questionably archaic and perplexing camera system. Why were we given only a single CFast card slot? Why did they make their lenses turn the opposite way on a camera than every other lens? Most importantly, why can’t the autofocus system be what it is with their DSLRs? At least with the Nikon Z 85mm f1.8 it won’t matter much if you’re using it for portraits. It exhibits exceptional image quality in every way imaginable. And, it has the build quality to back it up. So, while Nikon has worked incredibly hard on these nearly class-leading lenses, they can only go so far.