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Top 5 Best Nikon Nikkor Z-Mount Lenses 2020

Here, we round up the best Nikon Z lenses we've reviewed on-site so far. From primes to wide-angle and standard zooms, which one sits at the top? Find out here.

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Nikon Z is Nikon's mirrorless mount and the native mount of the full-frame Z7 and Z6, as well as the APS-C Nikon Z50, which were released in 2018 and 2019. It's still a relatively young format and so there aren't masses of lenses available just yet - but those that are available have performed extremely well in our reviews. In fact, they've all gained Editor's Choice awards!

From primes to wide-angle and standard zooms, there's something for everyone. Here's our rundown of the best Nikkor Z lenses we've reviewed so far.

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1. Nikon Nikkor Z 24mm f/1.8S - 

Nikkor Z 24mm F1,8S Front Oblique View
This bright prime lens has no compromises. From the wide and well-damped focus ring to the optical construction and lens coatings, no expense has been spared to make this lens top in its field. The autofocus is driven by two near-silent motors and the lens offers outstanding sharpness, virtually zero CA (chromatic aberration) and excellent flare resistance. 

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2. Nikon Nikkor Z 85mm f/1.8 S - 

Nikkor Z 85mm F1,8S Front Oblique View
This mid-range prime for Nikkor Z cameras excels in its category. It features a manual focusing ring which is silent in operation and can be programmed to adjust aperture or exposure compensation, which also makes the lens an excellent choice for video applications. It's a great focal length for flattering portraits and the bright maximum aperture should give you excellent bokeh in the highlights. We love this lens' excellent flare resistance, quality manufacture and excellent sharpness.

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3. Nikon Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct - 

Nikkor Z 58mm F0,95S Front Oblique View

The manual focus Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct is something incredibly special, featuring an f/0.95 aperture for outstanding low light performance and bokeh. It's a large lens that also comes with a large price tag - it's in league with Leica lenses of a similar spec. If you're looking for the very highest quality in a full-frame lens for your Nikon Z camera then this will fit the bill. With sublime handling and no distortion, the price of over 8 grand is the only dampening factor. The lens is quite rare and can be bought from Nikon's online store when it's in stock. 

 

4. Nikon Nikkor Z 14-30mm f/4 S - 

Nikon Z 14 30mm F4 Front Oblique View
This ultra-wide to standard zoom is a great choice for landscapes and offers a compact body with smooth and ergonomic controls. The lens offers dust and moisture resistance, excellent flare resistance which is a great quality for a landscape lens and excellent handling as well as quality manufacture.

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5. Nikon Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S Pro - 

Nikon Z 24 70mm F2,8 Front Oblique View
This standard-zoom full frame lens features 3 rings - one for manual focus, one for zoom and a third near the back of the lens which can be programmed to additionally give on-lens control to aperture or exposure. It's quite a chunky lens but it's well-made and offers outstanding sharpness. There's also the added bonus of an OLED display for seeing key settings.

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Looking for more? Find a variety of lens roundups to help you choose the right optic in our 'Best Lenses' section. 

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