Melville, NY—Nikon released three Nikkor Z lenses for the next-generation Nikon Z-mount system’s full-frame (Nikon FX format) mirrorless cameras. Adopting a larger-diameter mount, the lenses include the Nikkor Z 24–70mm f/4 S, the Nikkor Z 35mm f/1.8 S and Nikkor Z 50mm f/1.8 S.
Nikon also introduced the Mount Adapter FTZ for Z system compatibility with the large base of existing Nikkor F-mount lenses. The adapter allows users of Nikon SLR cameras to utilize their existing Nikkor F-mount lenses with the Z-mount system. As a result, they can enjoy a wider variety of lens characteristics. In addition, Nikon announced the development of the Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct lens. Nikkor Z lenses take advantage of the design flexibility made possible by the combination of the larger Z mount, with its inner diameter of 55mm, and a short flange focal distance of 16mm. The lenses offer sharp resolution for still image and video recording. Moreover, they 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 suited for video capture.
The three new interchangeable lenses are part of Nikon’s S line, a newly designated grade of Nikkor Z lenses that adhere to a new benchmark in optical performance. They realize 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,” Nikon announced.
All three lenses employ an optical design created to suppress variations in aberrations from shooting distances of close-up to infinity, with sharp resolution even in the peripheral areas of the frame.
Nikkor Z 24–70mm f/4 S
Offering a standard focal-length range from wide-angle 24mm to medium-telephoto 70mm, it covers a variety of scenes and subjects. Nikon says it achieves “rendering performance that will change the perception of what is possible with zoom lenses with a maximum aperture of f/4.” In addition, its optical design enables fine point-image reproduction. It uses an ED glass element, an aspherical ED lens element and three aspherical lens elements. Moreover, Nano Crystal Coat suppresses ghosting and flare
Other features include: an 11.8-inch minimum focus distance; a retracting mechanism that can be set on/off without pressing a button and reduces the length for a compact lens; dust- and drip-resistance with seals on moving parts; and a fluorine protective coat on the front lens surface. SRP: $999.95.
Nikkor Z 35mm f/1.8 S
This lens also boasts suppression of sagittal coma flare for enhanced point-image reproduction when capturing point light sources in night landscapes. And, it achieves soft, natural bokeh. Its new multi-focusing system uses two AF drive units to provide driving power at high speed and high accuracy to achieve quiet, fast, accurate AF control.
The 35mm lens also utilizes two ED glass elements and three aspherical lens elements; Nano Crystal Coat to suppress ghosting/flare; and a dust- and drip-resistance seal body. SRP: $849.95.
Nikkor Z 50mm f/1.8 S
The Z 50mm offers soft, artistic bokeh characteristics at any shooting distance. Key features include: two ED glass as well as two aspherical lens elements; Nano Crystal Coat to suppress ghosting and flare; and a sealed dust- and drip-resistant body. It also adopts new, more powerful stepping motor (STM) to enable quiet, accurate AF control during both still-image capture and video recording. SRP: $599.95.
Mount Adapter FTZ
This new lightweight mount adapter allows full compatibility with more than 90 lenses and functionality with approximately 360 existing Nikkor F lenses from AI type onward. It enables the characteristics of Nikkor F-mount lenses to apply to Z-mount system image quality.
Moreover, in-camera VR (vibration reduction) with three-axis VR is available when attaching a Nikkor F lens without built-in VR, which works with still and video recording. In addition, sections of the adapter have seals for dust- and drip-resistant performance. $249.95.
Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct Lens in Development
Nikon also is currently developing the Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct, a large-aperture standard 58mm prime, manual focus lens. Nikon is positioning the lens at the top of the S line as the fastest Nikon lens ever.
It inherits the design concept of the original AI Noct-Nikkor 58mm f/1.2. Released in 1977, this standard prime lens was named for “Nocturne” (a musical composition inspired by or evocative of the night). Moreover, it was popular for its ability to finely reproduce point light sources as point images.
The new Noct lens currently in development will take advantage of the advanced design flexibility of the Z mount. The goal is to achieve an extremely fast maximum aperture of f/0.95 in a lens that offers superior detail and sharpness. In addition, it will produce bokeh blur characteristics as well as point-image reproduction capabilities for more compelling, three-dimensional imaging.