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Viltrox AF 85mm f/1.8 Z Lens for Nikon Z

BH #VIAF8518Z • MFR #AF 85/1.8 Z
Viltrox AF 85mm f/1.8 Z Lens for Nikon Z
Key Features
  • Z-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/16
  • One Extra-Low Dispersion Element
  • Four High-Transparency Elements
Distinguished by its sleek design and advanced optics, the Viltrox AF 85mm f/1.8 Z is a portrait-length prime designed for Nikon Z-mount mirrorless cameras. The lens's short-telephoto focal length pairs with the bright f/1.8 design to suit working in a variety of lighting conditions and also for controlling depth of field and isolating subject matter. The optical design comprises one extra-low dispersion element and four elements made from short wavelength, highly transparent glass, which help to reduce chromatic aberrations in order to realize high clarity and accurate colors. An HD Nano multi-layer coating has also been applied to suppress flare and ghosting for improved contrast when working in strong lighting conditions. Additionally, the lens features an STM motor for quick, quiet autofocus performance along with a minimum focusing distance of 2.6' for working with close-up subjects.
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Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 STM II Overview

Distinguished by its sleek design and advanced optics, the Viltrox AF 85mm f/1.8 Z is a portrait-length prime designed for Nikon Z-mount mirrorless cameras. The lens's short-telephoto focal length pairs with the bright f/1.8 design to suit working in a variety of lighting conditions and also for controlling depth of field and isolating subject matter. The optical design comprises one extra-low dispersion element and four elements made from short wavelength, highly transparent glass, which help to reduce chromatic aberrations in order to realize high clarity and accurate colors. An HD Nano multi-layer coating has also been applied to suppress flare and ghosting for improved contrast when working in strong lighting conditions. Additionally, the lens features an STM motor for quick, quiet autofocus performance along with a minimum focusing distance of 2.6' for working with close-up subjects.

Portrait-length prime is designed for FX-format Nikon Z-mount mirrorless cameras, however can also be used with DX models where it provides a 127.5mm equivalent focal length.
Bright f/1.8 maximum aperture benefits working in difficult lighting conditions and also offers a wealth of control over focus position when using shallow depth of field techniques.
One extra-low dispersion element and four elements made from highly transparent glass contribute to reducing a variety of aberrations in order to produce well-corrected imagery with accurate color and no color fringing.
HD Nano multi-layer coating has been applied to individual elements to reduce flare and ghosting for improved contrast. Also, this coating is water-resistant to help protect the exposed surfaces from moisture.
STM autofocus motor delivers quiet and precise focusing performance along with a minimum focusing distance of 2.6'.
Electronic contacts convey Exif data as well as permit camera-based aperture selection. Additionally, an integrated USB port permits updating the lens's firmware.
Nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality.
Included lens hood shades the front element from flare-causing stray light and also offers some additional physical protection.
UPC: 778469115442

Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 STM II Specs

Focal Length85mm
Maximum Aperturef/1.8
Minimum Aperturef/16
Lens MountNikon Z
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View28° 46'
Minimum Focus Distance2.62' / 80 cm
Maximum Magnification0.13x
Optical Design10 Elements in 7 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size72 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)3.15 x 3.62" / 80 x 92 mm
Weight1.2 lb / 540 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.045 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)5.6 x 5 x 4.7"

Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 STM II Reviews

Just bought this used

By Jordan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-13

Over all super excited to have an 85mm in my collection, went out today took some photos and I'm amazing at the sharpness of it ! Only draw back is since I purchased it used the lens hood has been damaged and it was a pain to get off the lens. I did inspect it once I got it off and it look likes someone didn't put it on correctly and kept trying to force it on, trying to see what I can do to get another one but over all lens looked brand new and performs amazingly

Love this lens

By Renea
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-18

Very sharp, fast, quite and well built. Great lens for the price. Absolutely love it!

Lens itself is fine, but the hood is absolute GARBAGE.

By Nicholas
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-10

Read plenty of reviews mentioning the hood can be sticky, but went for it anyway. Oops. Sticky is an understatement. It's currently reversed and is locked on to the point it feels like someone covered it in red Loctite. I hate to spend twice as much on Nikon's 85mm, but the Viltrox lens hood is so horribly engineered its unusable.

I like it.

By Sheryl
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-31

Focuses fast, sharp, quiet, lightweight, build quality is very good. However, it doesn't fit on my x-t2.

Good lens, lousy lens hood mount

By Brian
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-13

I am happy with the quality of the lens and the images it produces. But when I unboxed it I wasn't sure I'd be able to loosen the lens hood to put it in orientation for use. Viltrox needs to fix the design for the lens hood mounting. As it is I won't put it in the reversed position for storage since it is so difficult to get off again.

Great lens!

By Amanda
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-19

This lens produces beautiful images! The quality is spectacular, especially for the price!

Incredibly UNDERRATED!!!

By Adam
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-27

I watched a ton of YouTube videos on the best RF 85mm lenses. You can have an 85 f1.4 if you want but it's 200 dollars more (that's Canadian) my copy is VERY sharp at f1.8 and has minimal chromatic aberration and fast autofocus. If you are doing photos mostly this is a sweet lens to get into a good prime 85. If you are doing video and photos you might want a lens with stabilization instead. I have put this on my R and RSC 2 and it's a sweet combo for beautiful shots. Highly recommend. I did notice some flaring when shooting with car headlights at night but it was pretty harsh so ill let it pass. Check out some sample photos too

Best budget lens

By Gary
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-23

Awesome portrait lens & the bokah effect is stunning.

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The Viltrox AF 85mm f/1.8 Z Lens for Nikon Z currently comes with a Limited 1-Year B&H Warranty. Additional information on this warranty can be found at the link here. https://bhpho.to/3rQ6yUN
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Asked by: Carl
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Date published: 2021-03-12

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