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Nikon Canada Inc. has launched the Nikkor Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S and Z MC 50mm f/2.8, the latest additions to its Nikkor Z lens lineup for high-performance Z series mirrorless cameras.
The premium NIKKOR Z MC 105mm and the compact NIKKOR Z MC 50mm are the first Nikkor Z lenses to feature a 1:1 reproduction ratio, allowing you to get close to your subjects and fill the frame with edge-to-edge sharpness and details, says Nikon. The new macro lenses are ideal for photographs of things like wildlife, wedding details, food, and jewelry or portraits with bokeh.
The new Nikkor Z lenses benefit from the Nikon Z mount, which features a large diameter and short flange focal distance. The lenses render sharp images from edge-to-edge, suppress chromatic aberrations across the focusing range, and virtually eliminate colour bleeding and fringing typical of macro lenses, explains Nikon. Users of either new lens can also take advantage of the focus peaking feature in the Z series cameras to easily acquire and maintain focus for macro shots with “incredible depth of field.”
The Nikkor Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S is an S-line lens with a 1:1 reproduction ratio, mid-telephoto focal length, and fast f/2.8 maximum aperture.
Constructed with an optical formula designed for macro photography, the Nikkor Z MC 105mm features a larger rear aspherical lens element to reduce field curvature from infinity to close-up. Additionally, the lens’s short minimum focusing distance of 0.96 feet (0.29m) allows for sharp images with a heavily blurred background, drawing in the viewers’ attention and adding scale when photographing small details.
The Nikkor Z MC 105mm’s Multi-Focus STM system affords smooth, silent, and accurate focus due to the customized autofocus algorithm, which accounts for minute distance changes that alter the effective aperture. The lens also includes a limiter switch to reduce the working range to a maximum 1.6 feet (0.5m), to acquire focus efficiently and quickly. Furthermore, with a near silent AF performance, the lens allows users to capture high-quality still images and videos without disturbing small creatures in the field.
Equipped with 4.52 stops of Vibration Reduction, the Nikkor Z MC 105mm makes it easy to shoot handheld, allowing you to confidently capture sharp images or videos of products, food or animals. The lens is also compatible with the in-body stabilization feature in the full-frame Z series mirrorless cameras, providing 5-axis VR.
As part of the premium S-line, the Nikkor Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S includes NANO Crystal and ARNEO Coatings to limit flare and ghosting effects, even with backlighting. This new lens combines useful controls, including a manual focus ring, lens function shortcut button, control ring and lens info panel with robust weather sealing for reliable performance in adverse conditions.
The Nikkor Z MC 50mm f/2.8is a small and lightweight micro lens designed for spontaneous street snapshots and capturing small details. The lens sports a 1:1 reproduction ratio, and a compact and lightweight design of merely 9.2 oz., making it a portable and comfortable option to carry around for all-day shooting.
With a natural 50mm focal length, the Nikkor Z MC 50mm f/2.8 takes advantage of ambient light to deliver images with a wider field of view, ideal for photographing up close scenes of food, flowers, or everyday snapshots. The 0.53 ft (0.16m) minimum focusing distance enables you to get closer to the action and amplify the separation between the subject, background, and foreground. Meanwhile the Nikkor Z MC 50mm’s f/2.8 aperture affords gorgeous bokeh, fast shutter speeds and superior flexibility for shooting handheld, especially when paired with full-frame Nikon Z series cameras that feature IBIS, says Nikon. Equipped with stepping motors (STM) and a focus limiter switch, the Nikkor Z MC 50mm delivers fast and reliable autofocus when shooting photos or videos in the field, such as capturing butterflies or the petals of a flower blowing in the wind.
The Nikkor Z MC 50mm f/2.8sports a modern design with a variety of intuitive controls, including a lens barrel that integrates helpful visual indicators for focus distance and reproduction ratio. The lens also features a focus limiter switch to limit the AF search range for effortless capture, while the control ring can be assigned to a variety of functions. The lens is augmented with a fluorine-coated front element to resist dirt and smudges, as well as a dust and drip resistant build for rugged reliability, making it the ideal travel lens to take everywhere.
Furthermore, the Nikkor Z MC 50mm is compatible with the ES-2 film digitizing adapter set, which can be screwed onto the front of the lens for film and digitizing to expand the creativity possibilities of the lens.
The Nikkor Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S and NIKKOR Z MC 50mm f/2.8 will be available in July 2021 for MSRPs $1,349.95 and $879.95, respectively.