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Yongnuo YN 85mm f/1.8Z DF DSM Lens for Nikon Z Cameras Announced

Yongnuo has just announced a new prime lens for Nikon Z mirrorless cameras: the Yongnuo YN 85mm f/1.8Z DF DSM. This compact and lightweight lens covers full-frame sensors and is the third f/1.8 prime lens with a Nikon Z-Mount. Let’s take a closer look at it!

Chinese manufacturer Yongnuo is well-known for creating affordable lenses like their 35mm f/2 for Sony E-mount cameras. After the YN 20 mm and YN 50mm f/1.8Z DF DSM, the company has just introduced the Yongnuo YN 85mm f/1.8Z DF DSM for Nikon Z-mount cameras.

Yongnuo YN 85mm f/1.8Z DF DSM: overview

The YN 85mm f/1.8Z DF DSM is a compact and lightweight prime lens with a length of only 89mm for a diameter of 68mm and a weight of 405g/14.2oz.

This autofocus lens covers full-frame sensors, so it is compatible with every Nikon Z camera, including the latest Nikon Z 9 we reviewed here.

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On the lens body, you’ll find a significant focus ring, an AF/MF selector switch, and a user-assignable Function button.

The lens barrel features a USB-C port for firmware updates. Also, there is a rubber ring as the lens is dust and drip-proof.

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Lens design

The optical design of the YN 85mm f/1.8Z DF DSM consists of 9 elements in 8 groups. The aperture diaphragm features 7 circular aperture blades. The front filter thread is 58mm, while the minimum focus distance is 80cm/31.5in.

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Price and availability

The YN 85mm f/1.8Z DF DSM will be available at the end of this month for $398. In the box, you’ll find the lens, front and back caps, and a lens hood. As a direct comparison, the Nikon NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S is $796.

For more information, please visit Yongnuo’s website here.

What do you think about this new Yongnuo lens for Nikon Z mirrorless cameras? What is your favorite portrait lens for Nikon Z cameras? Have you ever shot with Yongnuo lenses? Don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments down below!

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