Nikon has expanded its Nikkor Z lens line-up to include two new models: the ultra-wide Nikkor Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S and the Nikkor Z 50mm f/1.2 S s-line lenses.
Nikon says the ultra-wide angle Nikkor Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S is the “world’s shortest and lightest” full-frame f/2.8 zoom lens with a 14mm field of view, enabling photographers to capture expansive views like cityscapes, landscapes, astrophotography, and more. Meanwhile, the Nikkor Z 50mm f/1.2 S is a fast-aperture prime lens for capturing sharp photos and great bokeh effects.
Joining the previously announced Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S and Nikkor Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S lenses, the Z 14-24mm lens has a shorter lens that is nearly 35% lighter than its predecessor, and offers wide-angle zoom range. It features a nearly flat front lens element, which allows the attachment of a threaded filter to the included additional lens hood (HB-97). This design provides the ability to attach a Neutral density (ND) filter, as well as the new Neutral Colour NC Filter 112mm or Circular Polarizing Filter II 112mm, while a rear filter holder also accepts a trimmable filter gel.
Custom controls include a customizable one-touch shortcut button, EL Display panel, and custom control ring. The optical formula includes four ED lens elements, helping to control chromatic aberrations, and capture fine details, including colours and lines, with consistent accuracy. Additionally, flare, ghosting and coma are suppressed, even with harsh backlight, thanks to the lens’s Nano Crystal Coat (N) and anti-reflective ARNEO Coat, while the fluorine coating and weather sealing allow Nikon Z series users to shoot confidently in rugged and unpredictable environments. For videographers, the lens also features an electro-magnetic diaphragm to help maintain smooth exposures as light changes.
Nikon says its new Nikkor Z 50mm f/1.2 S is the company’s “fastest and most optically impressive AF prime lens yet.” It achieves soft bokeh, with a circular background blur that is smooth and gradual when focusing for a natural “fall-off.” The bright f/1.2 aperture affords a shallow depth of field with subject isolation for stunning portraiture, says Nikon, while it also offers low-light performance.
The 50mm f/1.2 lens adopts stepping motors (STM) as well as a multi-focusing system, enabling multiple lens elements to focus simultaneously for fast and precise autofocusing, even when shooting close-up or wide open. The lens can maintain stable exposure in changing lighting conditions, combined with quiet operation and minimal focus breathing.
The Nikkor Z 50mm is a balanced lens constructed with robust weather sealing, a customizable control ring and shortcut button, as well as an EL Display panel to enhance workflow. Meanwhile, the lens is engineered with Nikon’s Nano Crystal and ARNEO Coating to minimize flare, ghosting and coma, allowing Z series users to confidently shoot in a variety of lighting scenarios, including harsh backlighting, to capture scenes with isharpness and clarity.
The Nikon Nikkor Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S lens will be available in November 2020 for an MSRP of $3,399.95 and the Nikkor Z 50mm f/1.2 S lens will be available in December for an MSRP of $2,999.95.