Nikon Z 85mm f/1.8 S

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For a local restaurant's holiday drink menu. A little "Dramatic" added in Luminar 3 to give it a touch of vintage to match their other materials. From the jpg because it'll never print bigger than 2"x3" on a small menu printed in-house.

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That's an excellent photo, Steven. Lighting is near ideal to my eye. Initially I was going to object to the bright lights in the upper right, but I now think they help to place the scene in a bar, which is appropriate. The lens obviously did a great job.

I cringe to see what they did to that wonderful whisky to make that unappetizing-looking drink, however (my opinion).
 
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That's an excellent photo, Steven. Lighting is near ideal to my eye. Initially I was going to object to the bright lights in the upper right, but I now think they help to place the scene in a bar, which is appropriate. The lens obviously did a great job.

I cringe to see what they did to that wonderful whisky to make that unappetizing-looking drink, however (my opinion).
I remember a business trip to Las Vegas and an evening with a couple of customers. One offered to buy a round. I ordered a rather expensive single malt scotch, double please. The bartender asked how I wanted it. In a glass, I replied, preferably clean. Ah, neat, he replied.
 
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That's an excellent photo, Steven. Lighting is near ideal to my eye. Initially I was going to object to the bright lights in the upper right, but I now think they help to place the scene in a bar, which is appropriate. The lens obviously did a great job.

I cringe to see what they did to that wonderful whisky to make that unappetizing-looking drink, however (my opinion).
Excellent observation Jim. I had the same initial impression, but reading your comment made me think differently.
 
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Had a lovely christmas styled setup and used the 85 on it.

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This client wants their photos to be done on site and as authentic as possible. Food can be slightly styled but must accurately represent what is served. So, I shoot drinks on the bar or at a table. To them, the experience is part of the product, and I like that. I also design the actual printed pieces and have had large purveyors use my designs/photos over theirs.
 
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Getting to know the lens, very pleased with close focus performance and OOF highlights, lots to be said about absence of aspheric elements providing clear light balls.

Shot with Z7 at max F stop.
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Save your pennies, Z 85 is pretty good deal.
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Previous one was at f2.8, this one at f1.8 close distance. Both on Z7.

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I've had mine for about three weeks and it is quite good.

1. Renders OOF areas beautifully
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2. Tack sharp
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3. Extremely accurate color rendition
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4. Hit or miss when trying to lock on to an eye with the Animal Eye-AF feature, however still quite usable
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I needed a copy of the plat of survey for my house, so I thought I would see how the 85mm f/1.8 S does in a copy stand application. While I was at it, I wanted to satisfy my curiosity regarding corner sharpness. To my eye, the lens is just as sharp at f/1.8 in the corners as it is at f/8. These are 100% crops.
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I've come close to selling this glass because i never use it. So I'm trying to find subjects to shoot with it. Sometimes he's elusive, sometimes he's cooperative. Depends on the level in his food dish lol

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I had an 85 f1.4 D lens that I recently sold. I didn't use that lens often, but some of my best photos came from it. I'm very tempted to buy the 85 f1.8 S lens for my Z6.
That mirrors my experience too. Recently I've been doing a lot of copying of old photos for my wife and that seems to be the magic focal length — using my 24-120 or 70-200. I must admit temptation is sneaking in—85 or the 14-30? Sell my D850 and F lenses; trade for a Z7. Life is good when you have choices :)
 
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I needed a copy of the plat of survey for my house, so I thought I would see how the 85mm f/1.8 S does in a copy stand application. While I was at it, I wanted to satisfy my curiosity regarding corner sharpness. To my eye, the lens is just as sharp at f/1.8 in the corners as it is at f/8. These are 100% crops.
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Yes, it is so sharp wide open that it can start improving even forther from a very high level at f/1.8 towards smaller apertures. At f/8, it's already getting "less sharp" (technically spoken)...

Going by the results found by https://photographylife.com/reviews/nikon-z-85mm-f1-8-s/3 one can see:
- peaks sharpness in the center at f/4
- in the corners, f/5.6 should be the best aperture

Going by your findings, one can see.
- all these things are "technical" findings at its best

The measured differences dissapear mostly in real life use. From your images, I'd consider both equally usable! (Of course stopping down helps with non-flat subjects, due to depth-of-field.)
 
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(Of course stopping down helps with non-flat subjects, due to depth-of-field.)
Excellent point. And since I usually shoot with strobes for portraiture, apertures between f/5.6 and f/11 are my most frequently used for this lens.

To this end, my trusty 85mm f/1.8G always got the job done just as well, as far as I can tell. So, as much as I liked the idea of having a native 85 for the Z body, I could not justify keeping the newer and higher priced glass. Maybe I'll buy it again in the future when the used market price drops.
 
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Eastern Screen Owl, after being released back into the wild after rehab.

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