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first Nikon Z f/2.8 Pro Lens Announced: NIKKOR Z 24–70mm f/2.8 S

Simon Skinner - 5 months ago

Nikon has unveiled the very first of their f/2.8 pro lenses for the Nikon Z series of full-frame mirrorless cameras; the NIKKOR Z 24–70mm f/2.8 S.
A pro lens with a compact frame, high-level optics, and comprehensive weather sealing throughout.

Nikon Z f/2.8 Pro Lens - the fast NIKKOR Z 24–70mm f/2.8 S
The new Nikon Z f/2.8 Pro Lens – the fast NIKKOR Z 24–70mm f/2.8 S ‘Workhorse’ lens from Nikon.

Designed to perform well for shooting both stills or video, this lens promises exceptional sharpness across the frame with close-up performance surpassing that of any full-frame 24–70 mm lens available today. Bold words, indeed.

The new NIKKOR Z 24–70mm f/2.8 S is fully weather-sealed and Nikon state that it’s ready to withstand the rigours of daily professional use. Zoom and focus rings are said to adjust with just the right amount of torque, with more shooting parameters being able to be controlled directly from the lens than at any time before.

Tim Carter, Senior Product Manager, Nikon UK, told PhotoBite: “If you can only take one lens with you, the NIKKOR Z 24–70mm f/2.8 S offers the ideal combination of compact build and pro performance. Every component of a scene is rendered with lifelike clarity, and the full weather-sealing readies this lens for any location.”

Summary of key features [from Nikon official press release]

  • Ultra-sharp: superb edge-to-edge performance. Exceptional close-up performance (minimum focus distance of 0.38 m).
  • Advanced optical design: 17 elements in 15 groups with anti-reflective ARNEO and Nano Crystal coatings.
  • Customisable control ring: manual focusing (default), silent aperture control (great for iris transitions during video recording), or exposure compensation.
  • L-Fn (lens function) button: assign up to 21 different functions. From AF lock to metering, bracketing, and more.
  • OLED information display panel: quickly confirm aperture, focus distance, exact focal length, and depth of field.
  • Workhorse: tough, compact build with extensive sealing to protect from dust and moisture.

Pricing and availability

Sales are expected to start in April 2019 with an RRP price of £2,199.00

Head to Nikon’s website for more info from the brand.

About the author

Read first Nikon Z f/2.8 Pro Lens Announced: NIKKOR Z 24–70mm f/2.8 S

Simon Skinner

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Having spent many years working in various pockets of the music industry, and always with a camera in hand, Simon has worked with organisations such as Warner/Chappell, Food Records and ultimately, co-founding the innovative independent record label, Izumi Records before moving fully into the world of publishing in 2007. Amongst numerous other projects in the last decade, he has been responsible for a number of specialist photo trade magazines and journals for the filmmaking and photography communities, along with a coffee table book entitled, "Great Britons of Photography' which he produced with Peter Dench and Leica. Now heading up PhotoBite, Simon and the team have set themselves a task of delivering informative and inspirational content for photographers of all levels, from the beginner, shooting with smartphones, to the seasoned photographer and filmmaker.

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