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on Sep 16, 2019 in Field Reports

Amazing New Nikkor Z85f1.8

“The General”
captured by Z6 / Z85f1.8

I had the good fortune to spend the morning at the Combat Air Museum shooting with the new Nikkor Nikon Z85f1.8 and man, was it fun! I shot the entire time at f/1.8 cause, way buy a fast lens if you’re not going to shoot fast?! It’s small, lightweight and a blast to shoot with cause of its very narrow DoF with it’s very crispy sharpness, it makes things snap in the viewfinder. All the great detail at the Combat Air Museum was the perfect proving grounds for me to determine real fast this is one helluva lens!

“The General”
captured by Z6 / Z85f1.8

The Nikon Z85f1.8 is a lens most think of as a portrait lens (though it’s much, much more) so I wanted to shoot a portrait or two with it. At the Combat Air Museum there is Stu, a great model, reenactor who looks like an Air Force General so I placed him in front of the museum’s F-84 Thunderstreak for his portrait. Because I was shooting with the Z6 I could easily make a dramatic portrait going against the odds. Shooting in full sunlight, I backlit “The General” with the sun to make him visually pop while easily lighting him with a SB-5000 in a Westcott Rapid 26″ Octa on a painters pole. High Speed Sync shooting at 1/5000, f1.8 ISO Lo1 with flash on Manual 1/2, the Z6 via the WR-R10 made quick work of the exposure. And the Nikon Z85f1.8 wrapped up all the goodness in delecatble sharpness. All I really needed to make the shot was a little imagination, Nikon Z did the rest.

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