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Nikon Launches NIKKOR Z Mount Lenses

Nikon launches NIKKOR Z Mount lenses for Mirrorless cameras

Along with the Nikon Z7 and Nikon Z6 fullframe mirrorless cameras, Nikon announced several lenses in the new Z mount. These new lenses are 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.

Nikon has announced that its NIKKOR Z lenses pursue a new dimension in optical performance, by taking advantage of the superior design flexibility made possible by the combination of the larger Z mount with its inner diameter of 55 mm, and a short flange focal distance of 16 mm. The lenses offer sharp resolution with both still-image and movie recording capability, 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 all well suited to movie recording.

Nikkor S Line lenses

The mirrorless system necessitated a new lens mount which Nikon has named as Z lens mount. With an interior diameter of 55mm and a back flange distance of 16mm, this mount permits for the creation of new lens designs and smaller camera bodies. One of the first lenses being released is the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S. This standard zoom is both compact and versatile with a constant f/4 aperture for consistent performance. It has a button-less retractable design for getting compact when not in use and uses both aspherical and aspherical/ED glass elements to combat aberrations. There is also a Nano Crystal Coat for minimizing flare and ghosting. The lens has a minimum focus distance of 11.8” and has been designed for minimal breathing and silent operation to benefit video shooters. Additionally, a programmable control ring is available for quick access to NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S select settings.

S Line Lenses

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, creating new definitions of design principles and quality control. These lenses realize a rendering performance that surpasses that of conventional f/4 standard zoom lenses and f/1.8 wide-angle or standard prime lenses. From maximum aperture, clear and sharp resolution can be achieved as well as beautiful bokeh characteristics.

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

Nikkor Z 24-70 f4 S Lens

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
  • Price: $996.95 US dollars

NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S primary features

  • Rendering performance that redefines perceptions of what a 35 mm f/1.8 lens can do
  • Sharp resolution even in the peripheral areas of the frame from the maximum aperture, provide 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 elements, 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
  • Price: $846.95 US dollars

Nikkor 35mm f1.8 S Lens

NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S primary features

  • Superior rendering for exquisite image expression that redefines perceptions of what a 50 mm f/1.8 lens can do
  • Thorough suppression of axial chromatic aberration ensures superior resolution with faithful reproduction of the fine textures in subjects, even 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 (bright) 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
  • Price: $596.95 US Dollars

Nikkor Z 50mm f1.8 S

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 of the adapter 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
  • Price: $246.95 US Dollars

Nikon Mount adapter F to Z

Development of the new NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct lens that pursues ultimate optical performance

The NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct that Nikon is currently developing will be a large aperture, standard 58 mm prime focal-length, the fastest lens in Nikon’s history*, manual-focus lens positioned at the very top of the S-Line. It will symbolize the Nikon Z mount system’s new dimension in optical performance.

It has inherited the design concept behind the original AI Noct-Nikkor 58mm f/1.2, a standard prime lens released in 1977, named for “Nocturne” (a musical composition inspired by or evocative of the night), and popular for its ability to finely reproduce point light sources as point images. This new Noct lens that is currently in development will take advantage of advanced design flexibility, afforded by the Z mount, pursuing ultimate optical performance. Development continues with the goals of achieving an extremely fast maximum aperture of f/0.95, offering the ultimate in NIKKOR rendering performance with superior detail and sharpness. Additionally, the goal is to achieve beautiful blur characteristics, or bokeh, with good continuity, while ensuring outstanding point-image reproduction capabilities for more compelling, three-dimensional imaging.

 

Nikkor 58mm f0.95 in development

 

B&H Link for preorder: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/buy/NIKKOR_Z_Lenses/Ntt/NIKKOR%2BZ%2BLenses/N/0/kw/search/BI/19990/KBID/13252/DFF/d10-v1-t12

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Sabyasachi is an award winning Cinematographer and shoots for international broadcasters, feature films and corporates to make a living. He is a passionate wildlife filmmaker and photographer and has won awards and accolades for his documentary 'A Call in the Rainforest'. He has been striving to make his films and photographs full of life and emotion and write articles to educate and evangelise the need for conserving the last tracts of vanishing wilderness and wildlife in our country. He hopes that his wildlife films, photographs and writings force people to pause, look, ponder and ultimately take action.
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