Nikon Z 85mm f/1.8 S at the Washington State Fair in Puyallup

The Nikon Z6 is growing on me. With the most recent firmware, and the newest lenses like the 24-70mm f/2.8 S and now the 85mm f/1.8 S, this system is close to being able to replace my Sony gear. I really like the Nikon lenses – they’re better than the Sony counterparts (mostly). What Nikon really needs is a more professional body than the Z6 or Z7. I’d like a slightly longer grip (my pinky almost hangs off), better autofocus (still could be improved), and more resolution like the a7R IV. Hopefully, Nikon continues to innovate.

I like the Z6 better than my S1R for convenience sake, form factor, autofocus, video, etc. Although, when it comes to pure image quality and high end lenses – the Panasonic system takes the cake. Albeit with the weight of the whole bakery. Also, the S1R has great colors out of the camera and 4K 60p. I think they are actually better than Nikon JPEGs.

The Nikon 85mm f/1.8 S is a welcome addition to the Nikon Z system. I didn’t have a portrait lens for it yet, and I am reaching for this camera more and more. Based upon my initial outing, it’s sharp, contrasty, and a solid performer. Is it my favorite 85mm to date? I think that’s a yes, but I could still be in the honeymoon phase. It might still be the Sony 85mm f/1.4 GM, but that’s a much heavier lens, and slower to autofocus.

I took the kids to the Fair again yesterday, and these were the photos I shot. The images were processed in Lightroom with Lutify.Me and then sent to Perfectly Clear for finishing touches.

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