Nikkor-Z lenses

 

With the introduction of the Nikon-Z 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. (BTW: 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-mount cameras have a flange focal distance of 46.5 mm. Unfortunately these Z-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 (non-Z) Nikkors on the Nikkor-Z series cameras (FX + DX). 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 for both the FX and DX versions.

Note 1: Nikon introduced the lenses below as the S-Line, which may suggest that in near future lenses with another identity/class may be introduced.

Note 2: A bit disappointing is the size of the Z-lenses. They are much bigger and heavier than their F-mount equivalents.

 

Nikkor-Z 1.8/20 mm

Mid February 2020 this fast wide-angle lens was introduced. With a complex optical formula of 14 elements (incl. 3 ED and 3 Aspherical) in 11 groups this lens can be focused down to 20 cm. Filter size is 77 mm., the best hood is the HB-95. The lens weighs 505 gram.

 

Nikkor-Z 1.8/24 mm

Early September 2019 Nikon introduced this fast wide-angle lens, featuring an optical system of 12 elements (of which one is made of ED-glass, 4 have an aspherical shape and some received the Nano Crystal coating) in 10 groups. With 9 diaphragm blades and a fast stepping motor for swift autofocus down to 25 cm., this lens offers perfect images. Its weight is 450 gram, filter size is 72 mm.and the best hood is the Nikon HB-88.

Nikkor-Z 1.8/28 mm

to be introduced in 2021

 

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 1.2/35 mm

To be introduced in 2021

 

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

Mid September 2020 this fast standard lens was introduced. It has a very complex optical system - for a standard lens - of 17 (!) elements (of which 2 are made of ED-glass and three are aspherically shaped) in 15 groups; some of them received a Nano Crystal coating and the ARNEO coating to eliminate internal reflections. 9 aperture blades will offer a nice bokeh. Minimum distance is 45 cm., filter size is 82 mm and its weight is 1090 gram, making it the second heaviest standard lens in Nikon history. The best hood is HB-94.

 

Nikkor-Z 0.95/58 mm.

 

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 series). 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 complex optical formula consists of 17 elements in 10 groups! 4 elements are made of ED-glass and 3 elements have an aspherical shape. The diaphragm has 11 blades. Closest focusing is 50 cm. The new lens has a new ARNEO coating for eliminating vertical incidental light and the nano crystal coating for eliminating diagonal incidental light. A novelty is the lens info panel, so you can read aperture etc. in the dark. As stated it is a manual focus lens as - probably - there is no space for a built-in motor. Filter size is 82 mm. The 2 kilo heavy lens comes in the CT-101 trunk case.

This relatively huge and heavy lens came available in October 2019 at a hefty price (around € 8.000). A bit odd that Nikon introduced a rather new, modern and small mirrorless system camera and a bulky lens like this Nikkor. The possibility to shoot images at high ISO would make a very fast lens obsolete. Although the bokeh of these kind of lenses is a nice element in creating images.

 

Nikkor-Z 1.8/65 mm

To be introduced in 2021

 

Nikkor-Z 1.8/85 mm.

Late July 2019 this portrait lens was introduced. It has an optical formula of 12 elements (2 ED + nano crystal coating) in 8 groups; an electromagnetic diaphragm with 9 blades; a stepper motor for swift and silent autofocus down to 80 cm. Filter size is 67 mm.; the best hood is the HB-91. The lens weighs in at 470 gram.

 

Nikkor-Z 2.8/14-24 mm.

"The world's shortest and lightest ultrawide-angle f/2.8 zoom lens" (Nikon's press release) was introduced mid September 2020. It offers an optical formula of 16 elements (of which 4 are made of ED-glass and 3 are aspherically shaped) in 11 groups. Some elements received the Nano Crystal coating and some the ARNEO coating. The frontlens has a fluorine coating for protection. A 112 mm filter can be attached at the front. Minimum distance is 28 cm, its weight is 650 gram and the best hoods are the HB-96 or the HB-97.

 

Nikkor-Z 4/14-30 mm.

Early January 2019 this sophisticated wide zoom lens was introduced (and became available 4 months later!) as 'the world's first wide zoom lens starting at 14 mm including the possibility to use filters'. This modern S-line series lens for Nikon Z-cameras has an optical formula of 14 elements (of which 4 are aspherically shaped and 4 others are made of ED-glass) in 12 groups, an internal focus and retractable mechanism, a stepping motor for fast autofocus down to 28 cm. and an electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism of 7 blades. Most lens elements received nano crystal coating and the front lens has a fluorine coating. The dust and drip proof lens weighs in at 485 gram. Filter size is 82 mm; the best hood is the HB-86.

 

Nikkor-Z DX 3.5-5.6/16-50 mm. VR

This lens, specially made for the Nikon-Z DX cameras, was introduced mid October 2019. It has 9 elements in 7 groups; 4 elements have an aspherical shape and one element is made of ED-glass. The zoom range of this lens is - in 35 mm equivalence - 24-75 mm. The only 135 gram heavy lens has 7 aperture blades and can be focused down to 20 cm. There is no info about a special hood for this lens.

 

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 received 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 2.8/24-70 mm.

In February 2019 Nikon introduced this two-ring zoomlens which is one f-stop faster than the 24-70mm/4. Its optical formula consists of 17 elements (of which 2 are made ED-glass and 4 are aspherically shaped) in 15 groups. Some elements received a nano crystal coating as well as the newly developed ARNEO-coating. The front- and rear element received a fluorine coating to protect them from scratches etc.A built-in stepping motor will focus the lens very fast down to 38 cm.. It has 9 diaphragm blades, a filter size of 82 mm. and weighs in at 805 gram. The best hood is the HB-87.

 

Nikkor-Z 4-6.3/24-50 mm

Late July 2020 together with the Nikon Z-5 Nikon introduced this kit-lens. The only 195 gram heavy lens has a nice optical formula of 11 elements (of which 2 are made of ED-glass and 3 have an aspherical shape) in 10 groups. The lens has internal focusing down to 35 cm and a filter size of the famous 52 mm. At its introduction no hood was mentioned.

 

Nikkor-Z 4-6.3/24-200 mm

This versatile reporter's lens was introduced mid February 2020. It has an optical formula of 19 elements in 15 groups. 2 elements are made of ED-glass, two have an aspherical shape and (a novelty) one additional ED-glass element in aspherical shape, too! Some elements have an ARNEO coating and the front lens has a fluorine coating to avoid scratches, etc. The only 570 gram heavy lens with built-in VR can be focused down to 50 cm. The best hood is the HB-93

 

Nikkor-Z 2.8-3.5/28-70 mm

To be introduced in 2020

 

Nikkor-Z 2.8-5.6/28-280 mm

To be introduced in 2021

 

Nikkor-Z DX 4.5-6.3/50-250 mm. VR

This lens - made for the Nikon-Z DX cameras - has 16 elements in 12 groups with 7 diaphragm blades. Just one element is made of ED glass. The 405 gram heavy lens can be focused down to 50 cm. Its equivalent focal length in 35 mm. photography is 75-375 mm. Filter size is 62 mm. Nikon did not mention a special hood for this lens.

 

Nikkor-Z 2.8/70-200 mm.

Early January 2020 this 1,440 gram heavy zoom lens was introduced. It has 21 elements in 18 groups. 6 elements are made of ED-glass, 1 of SR glass, some elements have a nano crystal and a ARNEO coating while the frontlens is fluorite coated. The lens can be focused down to a surprising 50 cm., has VR and a filter thread of 77 mm. The best hood is the HB-92.

 

Nikkor-Z 4/100-300 mm

To be introduced in 2021

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