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Nikon Z 24-70mm, 35mm, 50mm Lenses Announced - Hands-On Photos

Three Nikon Z mount lenses designed to go with the Z series cameras, including 24-70mm f/4, 35mm f/1.8, and 50mm f/1.8 as well as an adapter to use Nikon F mount lenses.

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35mm 50mm 24-70mm Lens Range

Nikon has announced the first three lenses that will be available for the Nikon Z series, the 24-70mm f/4, 35mm f/1.8 and 50mm f/1.8, as well as an FTZ (Nikon F to Z adapter), and development of a 58mm f/0.95 S Noct lens.

The lenses and adapter will be priced at:

  • 24-70mm f/4 - £999
  • 35mm f/1.8 - £999
  • 50mm f/1.8 - £599
  • FTZ AF Mount Adapter - £269

The lenses and adapter are all due to be available in late September, with the 50mm f/1.8 coming in late November. Nikon is planning to release further lenses, and have details in the Nikon Z lens roadmap. We had a hands-on look at these new lenses, which you can view below.


From Nikon: Nikon releases three S-line NIKKOR Z lenses, the Mount Adapter FTZ and develops 58mm f/0.95 S Noct - Designed exclusively for the Nikon Z mount system, featuring a new, larger-diameter mount

London, United Kingdom, 23rd August 2018: Nikon is pleased to announce three new lenses compatible with its Z mount system’s full-frame (Nikon FX format) mirrorless cameras, and the new Mount Adapter FTZ. The standard zoom NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S, the wide-angle prime NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S, and the standard prime NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S will operate with the system’s new larger-diameter mount.

NIKKOR Z lenses pursue a new dimension in optical performance. They take advantage of the superior design flexibility made possible by the combination of the larger Z mount with its 55 mm inner diameter, and a short flange focal distance of 16 mm. The lenses offer sharp resolution with both still-images and movie recording, and are equipped with functions that include: compensation for focus breathing (the shifting of the angle of view when focus is adjusted), quiet operation, smooth exposure control, a control ring, and performance that are well suited to movie recording.

The NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S, NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S, and NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S are S-Line interchangeable lenses. The S-Line is a newly designated grade of NIKKOR Z lenses that adhere to a new benchmark in optical performance, while creating new definitions of quality and design. These lenses realise rendering performance that surpasses that of conventional f/4 and f/1.8 lenses.

Additionally, the Mount Adapter FTZ has been designed to allow users of Nikon SLR cameras to utilise their existing NIKKOR F mount lenses with the Z mount system and enjoy taking advantage of a wide variety of lens characteristics with their photography.



NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S primary features

  • Standard focal-length range from wide-angle 24 mm to medium-telephoto 70 mm can effectively cover a wide variety of scenes and subjects with rendering performance that will change the perception of zoom lenses with a maximum aperture of f/4
  • Optical design that suppresses variations in aberrations from shooting distances of close-up to infinity, demonstrating sharp resolution even in the peripheral areas of the frame from the maximum aperture; and fine point-image reproduction
  • Achieved a minimum focus distance of just 0.3 m across the zoom range,
  • Adoption of an ED glass element, an aspherical ED lens element, and three aspherical lens elements,
  • Nano Crystal Coat adopted to suppress ghost and flare
  • Has the size needed to deliver an extremely high standard of optical performance, yet provides outstanding portability; employs a retracting mechanism that can be set on/off without pressing a button and reduces total length for a compact lens that can easily be taken anywhere
  • In consideration to a dust- and drip-resistance, the entire lens, including moving parts, has been sealed
  • Fluorine coat applied to front lens surface


Nikon Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/4 S Hands-On Photos of Equipment



NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S primary features

  • Rendering performance that overturns the perception of an f/1.8 lens
  • Sharp resolution even in the peripheral areas of the frame from the maximum aperture. Effective suppression of sagittal coma flare that enables superb point-image reproduction when capturing point light sources in night landscapes, and the soft and natural bokeh characteristics expected of a fast (bright) lens
  • Adoption of a new multi-focusing system achieves quiet, fast, and accurate AF control, as well as high image-forming performance at any focus distance
  • Adoption of two ED glass, and three aspherical lens elements
  • Nano Crystal Coat adopted to suppress ghost and flare
  • In consideration to a dust- and drip-resistance, the entire lens, including moving parts, has been sealed


Nikon Nikkor Z 35mm f/1.8 S Hands-On Photos of Equipment



NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S primary features

  • Superior rendering for exquisite image expression that redefines perceptions of what a 50mm f/1.8 lens can do
  • Thorough suppression of axial chromatic aberration ensures superior resolution with faithful reproduction of the fine textures in subjects from maximum aperture
  • Sharp and clear rendering of details from the center of the frame to the peripheral edges, regardless of the shooting distance
  • The soft and beautiful bokeh characteristics at any shooting distance possible only with a fast lens
  • Adoption of two ED glass elements, and two aspherical lens elements
  • Nano Crystal Coat adopted to suppress ghost and flare
  • Adoption of a new, powerful stepping motor (STM) enables quiet and accurate AF control with both still-image and movie recording
  • In consideration to a dust- and drip-resistance, the entire lens, including moving parts, has been sealed


Nikon Nikkor Z 50mm f/1.8 S Hands-On Photos of Equipment


Mount Adapter FTZ primary features

  • Shooting with AE, or AF/AE, is available with approximately 360 NIKKOR F lenses from AI type onwards*
  • The unique characteristics of NIKKOR F mount lenses can be applied to Z mount system image quality
  • In-camera VR (Vibration Reduction) available when attaching a NIKKOR F lens without built-in VR; in-camera VR also performs well with movie recording
  • When attaching a NIKKOR F lens with built-in VR, lens VR and in-camera VR effectively work together to compensate for camera shake by enabling three-axis VR
  • Various sections are effectively sealed to ensure dust- and drip-resistant performance equivalent to that of NIKKOR F lenses
  • Designed to be lightweight yet tough with consideration for superior operability as a part of a complete system

* Shooting with AF/AE is not possible with some lenses


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