Nikkor-Z lenses

 

With the introduction of the Nikon mirrorless camera late August 2018 Nikon introduced a new range of lenses, designed for these new cameras. The most interesting novelty of the lenses is the new lens mount, called Z-mount. The Z should be pronounced as ZEE. The old F-mount, introduced in 1959 probably did not match the needs of the new series of Z-mount lenses aka Nikkor-Z. The wider (55 mm.) mount makes it possible to produce lenses with a larger rear lens and is giving more space to electronic contacts. Also the flange focal distance (distance between the lens mount and sensor) is shorter with a mere 16 mm The F-mounf cameras have a flange focal distance of 46.5 mm. Unfortunately these lenses cannot be used on any other Nikon camera but Nikon-Z series.

An adapter (Nikon FTZ, see above), offered by Nikon, makes it possible to use all other Nikkors on the Nikkor-Z series cameras. Only AF-S-Nikkors - however - are fully compatible (AF and VR will function), all other AF- and MF Nikkors only in manual focus. In near future (see below) Nikon will introduce more lenses with the Z-mount.

Note: Nikon introduced the lenses below as the S-Line, which may suggest that in near future lenses with another identity/class may be introduced.

 

Nikkor-Z 1.8/20 mm

to be introduced in 2019

 

Nikkor-Z 1.8/24 mm

to be introduced in 2020

 

Nikkor-Z 1.8/35 mm

Introduced in August 2018 this lens has a newly designed optical formula of 11 elements (of which 2 are made of ED-glass and 3 have an aspheric shape) in 9 groups with 9 diaphragm blades, internal focusing and some elements received the nano crystal coating. It has a stepping motor for fast internal focusing down to 82 cm. Filter size is 62 cm and weighs in at 370 gram.

 

Nikkor-Z 1.8/50 mm

Introduced late August 2018 this is the 1.8/50 mm standard lens with the most sophisticated optical formula of 12 elements (of which 2 are made of ED-glass and 2 have an aspherical shape) in 9 groups and 9 diaphragm blades. On certain elements the known nano crystal coating is applied. The quiet stepping motor for fast internal focusing down to 40 cm. Filter size is 62 mm. and its weight is 415 gram.

 

Nikkor-Z 1.2/50 mm

to be introduced in 2020

 

Nikkor-Z 0.95/58 mm.

to be introduced in 2019.

In order to compete with Canon and Leitz Nikon announced the development this very fast MANUAL FOCUS (!) lens late August 2018. In the past it did produce a fast lens (Nikkor-N 1.1/5 cm.) for its Nikon rangefinder cameras, but wasn't able to compete with Canon's 'dream lens' (0.95/50 mm) and those made by Leitz (Noctilux lenses). But now Nikon shows that it is capable to produce this masterpiece. It has inherited the 'NOCT' name of the famous and still much wanted Noct-Nikkor 1.2/58 mm. The new lens has a new ARNEO coating for eliminating vertical incidental light and the nano crystal coating for eliminating diagonal incidental light. As stated it is a manual focus lens as - probably - there is no space for a built-in motor. Filter size is 82 mm. Lens hood hasn't yet been announced.

More info will follow.

 

Nikkor-Z 1.8/85 mm

to be introduced in 2019

 

Nikkor-Z 2.8/14-24 mm.

to be introduced in 2020

 

Nikkor-Z 4/14-30 mm.

to be introduced in 2019

 

Nikkor-Z 4/24-70 mm.

Introduced in August 2018 this newly developed lens has an optical formula of 14 elements (of which one is made of ED-glass and three are aspherically shaped) in 11 groups with 7 diaphragm blades. All lenses recieved the known Nikon Super Integrated Coating, some have also a nano crystal coating and the front lens has a fluorine coating to avoid scratches etc. A stepping motor is focusing the lens via an inner lens group down to 30 cm. Filter size is 72 mm. and its weight is 500 gram.

 

Nikkor-Z 2.8/70-200 mm.

to be introduced in 2019

More information will be uploaded soon.