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Looking for fast primes? Look no further than NIKKOR Z f/1.8 lenses

Look in the camera bag of a seasoned filmmaker or photographer and you’ll likely see f/1.8 prime lenses in a range of popular focal lengths for Nikon Z series mirrorless cameras. Nikon’s line of f/1.8 lenses give you a variety of focal lengths featuring fast, wide apertures with beautiful, soft, rounded bokeh to separate your subjects from the background. The transition from tack-sharp foreground to dreamy background is smooth and natural—placing emphasis where you want it.

Each of the f/1.8 lenses in the NIKKOR Z line feature the S-Line designation which signifies NIKKOR quality at its absolute best. S-Line lenses push Nikon’s tradition of optical excellence and innovation to unprecedented new heights with superior performance and resolution and specialized technologies—all while taking full advantage of the large Nikon Z mount.

S series lenses adhere to the strictest image quality and build standards, so whichever f/1.8 lens you choose, you’ll find richly detailed image expression delivering a sense of reality in both stills and video.

Ong Ying Sin photo of flowers, taken using the NIKKOR Z 24mm f/1.8 S lens

© Ong Ying Sin

NIKKOR Z 24mm f/1.8 S

Portrait of a male model, taken in low light, with a green gel, using the NIKKOR Z 24mm f/1.8 S lens

© Drew Gurian

NIKKOR Z 24mm f/1.8 S

While some photographers and videographers want lenses with as wide apertures as possible—think f/1.4 or even f/1.2, the NIKKOR Z line of f/1.8 lenses gives you fast lenses at affordable price points. For most purposes f/1.8 lenses will suit your needs just fine, and if you find yourself in a really low-light situation, just bump up your ISO.

NIKKOR Z lenses utilize the large Z mount which offers enormous flexibility in optical design, giving the Z mount system huge potential to exceed photographers’ demands and expectations not just for the present day, but also well into the future.

Chloé Lapeyssonnie photo of a female model taken using the NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S lens

© Chloé Lapeyssonnie

NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S

NIKKOR Z f/1.8 lenses are available in these popular focal lengths:

NIKKOR Z 20mm f/1.8 S

With an ultra-wide 20mm field of view and a brilliant f/1.8 maximum aperture, so much more of a scene can be captured with exceptional point-light clarity and minimal distortion. The ultra-wide perspective of a 20mm prime excels at landscape and wide interior shooting, while its speed makes it superb for environmental portraits with lush, soft backgrounds, and for low light shots that are sharp and clean with faithful point light reproduction. And the NIKKOR Z 20mm f/1.8 S is truly cinematic with video enhancements that ensure silent autofocusing without breathing, and smooth aperture and ISO control.

Taylor Gray photo of a flamingo in low light, taken using the NIKKOR Z 20mm f/1.8 S lens

© Taylor Gray

NIKKOR Z 20mm f/1.8 S

NIKKOR Z 24mm f/1.8 S 

Tell incredible immersive stories and capture the serenity of a scenic vista or a beautiful environmental portrait. The NIKKOR Z 24mm f/1.8 S is ideal for landscapes, cityscapes, environmental portraits, architecture and group shots. The 24mm focal length is a staple for video, covering essential establishing shots and much more.

NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S

Wide enough to nail the view, shallow enough to draw out subjects and fast enough to make the impossible possible. The 35mm focal length is the jack of all situations. Few lenses are as versatile as a fast 35mm prime. Ideal for landscapes, street photography, weddings, environmental portraits and more. This focal length is a favorite among filmmakers for its human-eye perspective. 

Ong Ying Sin photo of architecture in low light, taken using the NIKKOR Z 24mm f/1.8 S lens

© Ong Ying Sin

NIKKOR Z 24mm f/1.8 S

NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S

The iconic go-to lens has been reimagined for Nikon mirrorless. The definition of a "go to" lens. This lens is capable of delivering striking, decisive images in nearly any light. Ideal for all manner of videos. Redefine your notion of what a 50mm f/1.8 lens can do. The 50mm focal length is ideal for capturing iconic portraits, street scenes, close-ups of food, video interviews, how-to videos and more. 

NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S 

The NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S blends optical ingenuity and artistic nuance, ideal for creating captivating portraits with its flattering perspective. This is an 85mm prime lens that will thrill and inspire those who shoot portraits, headshots, fashion, weddings, tight video shots, street photography or any situation that highlights the human form. The 85mm’s perspective is within the sweet spot for portraits and fashion, rendering faces naturally and beautifully, free of distortion.

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