The long-rumored 85mm f/1.8 for L-mount will launch in Japan on Thursday, according to Nokishita. The lens appears to be a relatively large one for its aperture size, boasting a 67mm filter thread and 9 elements in 8 groups.

[UPDATE: We now have pricing, with a Nokishita report of $599 for U.S. retail. We also have an image…]