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Nikon Debuts the NIKKOR Z FULL-FRAME ULTRA-WIDE-ANGLE ZOOM

Simon Skinner
4 months ago

Nikon has announced the arrival of the NIKKOR Z 14–30mm f/4 lens to their range of new full-frame S-Line lenses, which have been designed for Nikon Z mirrorless cameras.

Nikkor Z 14-30mm f/4 key features

  • Filter-ready: Takes 82 mm filters without the need for filter holders
  • NIKKOR Z: designed around the wide Nikon Z mount, this new lens promises to capture more light across the whole frame
  • S-Line design: Anti-reflective Nano Crystal Coat. Smooth, silent multi-focusing system
  • Customisable control ring: For manual focusing [default], aperture control [ideal for iris transitions when shooting video], or exposure compensation
  • Videography in mind: Silent aperture adjustment. Reduced focus breathing and
    focus-shift while zooming
  • Compact & weather resistant: Takes up minimal space when not in use. Extensive sealing protects from dust and moisture
NIKKOR Z 14–30mm f/4

With a compact frame and completely flat front element, this new retractable ultra-wide-angle zoom should come as big news for Nikon Z photographers as Nikon assures us that it’s excellent for stills photography and even better for videography.

All of the new lens’s attributes, i.e. compact build, retractable lens mechanism, and extensive weather sealing, should lend this lens for photographers and videographers on the move. This, plus that fact that newly developed NIKKOR Z optical formulas, along with speedy communication between the lens and camera, assure that any distortion, [which can be quite normal in wide-angle photography] is reduced.

The new NIKKOR Z 14–30mm f/4 lens is the world’s first full-frame ultra-wide-angle lens that has been built with a completely flat front element. This design feature enables the application of 82mm filters without the need to use a filter holder.

Tim Carter, Senior Product Manager, Nikon UK, told PhotoBite: “This ultra-wide NIKKOR Z zoom will let Nikon Z owners capture creative stills and movies anywhere. The compact, retractable and lightweight build mean you can slip this lens into smaller bags; perfect for travel. The chance to use filters so easily is a great opportunity to gain more creative control.”

Pricing and availability

The new Nikkor Z Full-Frame Ultra-Wide Angle Zoom lens will be available from April 2019 and will cost a cool £1349 [RRP].

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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.