Melville, NY—Nikon Inc. unveiled two additions to its Nikkor Z lens lineup. The new full-frame S-line lenses showcase the optical performance and capabilities of the Nikon Z mount. Moreover, Nikon says the ultrawide–angle Nikkor Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S is now “the world’s shortest and lightest full-frame f/2.8 zoom lens” with a 14mm field of view. This enables the lens to capture expansive views like cityscapes, landscapes and astrophotography. In addition, the Nikkor Z 50mm f/1.2 S is a fast-aperture prime lens engineered for exceptional sharpness and show-stopping bokeh.
“This is an exciting time for Nikon lens technology as we lead the way in providing the most incredible optics available today,” said Jay Vannatter, executive vice president, Nikon Inc. “The highly anticipated Nikkor Z 14–24mm f/2.8 and the powerful Nikkor Z 50mm f/1.2 lenses demonstrate the incredible innovation behind the Z series and the limitless possibilities of what our engineers are capable of achieving.”
Nikkor Z 14–24mm f/2.8 S
The Nikkor Z 14–24mm f/2.8 S is the shortest and lightest full-frame zoom lens of its kind. Moreover, it offers incredible rendering capabilities across the wide zoom range, Vannatter added. Joining the previously announced Nikkor Z 24–70mm f/2.8 S and Nikkor Z 70–200mm f/2.8 VR S lenses, it completes the trinity of fast-aperture Z series zooms.
The versatile lens leverages the Nikon Z mount, producing edge-to-edge sharpness and minimal distortion for photo and video creators. Furthermore, a new optical design allows for a significantly shorter lens that is nearly 35% lighter than its predecessor, the AF-S Nikkor 14–24mm f/2.8. Meanwhile, its wide-angle zoom range offers video content creators a new option for capturing sharp establishing shots, interiors or PoV angles.
What’s more, its modernized lens design features a nearly flat front lens element; this permits the attachment of a threaded filter to the included lens hood (HB-97). Users can also attach a neutral density (ND) filter, as well as the new neutral color NC filter 112mm or circular polarizing filter II 112mm. A rear filter holder also accepts a trimmable filter gel. As a result of supporting multiple filter types, the lens permits users to capture landscapes with greater versatility and flexibility in more lighting conditions than before.
In addition, the 14–24mm lens is a solution for photographing nighttime views, with low-light performance and a constant f/2.8 aperture. It also boasts stellar point light reproduction capabilities that suppress sagittal coma and flare for sharp stars and city lights.
The lens also has custom controls, including a one-touch shortcut button; EL display panel; and custom control ring. Its optical formula comprises four ED lens elements to control chromatic aberrations and capture details, including colors and lines. This is a benefit to those shooting interiors and architecture.
Moreover, flare, ghosting and coma are suppressed, even with harsh backlight, thanks to Nano Crystal (N) and antireflective ARNEO coatings. Additionally, fluorine coating and weather sealing allow Nikon Z series users to shoot in rugged environments. As an added benefit to videographers, the lens also features an electro-magnetic diaphragm, to help maintain smooth exposures as light changes.
Nikkor Z 50mm f/1.2 S
This is Nikon’s fastest and most optically impressive AF prime lens; it balances the combination of sharpness and artistic bokeh. For pro-level creators, the 50mm f/1.2 delivers a standard focal length with sharpness, speed and clarity. With a bright f/1.2 aperture and premium S-line engineering, this lens is an option for a range of photography styles, including portraiture, street photography, landscapes as well as nightscapes.
Moreover, the lens achieves a soft bokeh, with a circular background blur that is smooth and gradual when focusing for a natural falloff. The bright f/1.2 aperture additionally affords a shallow depth of field with subject isolation for portraiture; it also offers low-light performance.
Further, the 50mm f/1.2 lens adopts stepping motors (STM) and a multi-focusing system that enables multiple lens elements to focus simultaneously for fast, precise autofocusing. What’s more, its ability to maintain stable exposure in changing lighting conditions, combined with quiet operation and minimal focus breathing, makes it a tool for video creators.
In addition, the lens’s symmetrical optical design prevents light from being bent or distorted as it passes through. Consequently, a pure, sharp image reaches the camera sensor without added distortion or aberration. The lens design also includes three aspherical elements to help eliminate distortion, for point light reproduction and three-dimensional clarity.
Other features are weather sealing; a customizable control ring and shortcut button; an EL display panel to enhance workflow; and Nikon’s Nano Crystal and ARNEO coatings to minimize flare, ghosting and coma.
The Nikkor Z 14–24mm f/2.8 S lens ships in November 2020 for a suggested retail price of $2,399.95. The Nikkor Z 50mm f/1.2 S lens will reach retail in December 2020 with an SRP of $2,099.95.