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Nikon Announces Three S-line NIKKOR Z lenses

Simon Skinner - 2 years ago

These new lenses are the first off the production line, made exclusively for the new Z-Mount system’s full-frame [Nikon FX format] mirrorless system from Nikon. Introducing the standard zoom NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S, wide-angle prime NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S, and standard prime NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S-Line interchangeable lenses.

Nikon has developed the new NIKKOR Z lenses with the promise of ‘pursuit of a new dimension in optical performance’ and make for the perfect partners for their new full-frame mirrorless cameras. They take advantage of the design versatility that’s only made possible by the incorporation of the larger Z mount with a 55mm inner diameter, and short flange focal distance of just 16mm.

The lenses promise razor-sharp resolution when shooting either still images or video, and are equipped with functions, including compensation for focus breathing [the shifting of the angle of view when the focus is adjusted], quiet operation, smooth exposure control, control ring, and performance that are intentionally suited to video production.

The NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S is the lens that you’ll find in the camera kits that are available for pre-order offering constant f4 zoom, Nano Crystal Coating to suppress ghosting and flare, along with dust- and drip-resistance for shooting in all conditions.

The new NIKKOR Z 24-70mmmm f/4 S-line Zoom lens


The NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S
 promises to overturn the perception of an f/1.8 lens, giving sharp resolution and with a new multi-focusing system, gives fast AF control.

The new NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S-line Zoom lens


The NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S
is a great lens for videographers as it counters movements on board, and, working together with the Z system camera’s native 5 axis stabilisation, should provide silky smooth footage. Also, there’s a new stepping motor [STM] which offers silent and sharp AF control when shooting either stills or video.

The new NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S-line Zoom lens



Nikon’s S-Line Lens roadmap 

New FTZ adapter

Along with the two new cameras and three new Z-mount lenses; Nikon has added a brand new FTZ lens adapter so that current Nikon users can utilise their collection of Nikkor glass without the need to invest in a whole new set of lenses. We can see many Nikon users heaving a sigh of relief and becoming a little more open to getting out their wallets, safe in the knowledge that they can automatically and seamlessly use [up to] 93 existing lenses, along with the partial use, i.e. no AE/AF, with up to 360 F-mount lenses.

Pricing and availability

35mm f/1.8 Wide £849 [RRP]
24-70mm f/4 Zoom £999 [RRP]
FTZ AF Lens Adapter £269 [RRP]
All available late September

50mm f/1.8 Standard £599 [RRP]
Available late November

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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.