NIKON PROMISES 12 Z MOUNT LENSES BY 2020
of a full-function adapter for fitting F mount lenses to the new Z series mirrorless camera bodies, Nikon’s challenge will be to deliver as many new Z mount lenses as it possibly can and as quickly as it can… especially if it’s to match Sony’s recent efforts.
Three lenses have been launched with the system to cover the basics, and the published roadmap will expand the range to 12 lenses by 2020, but it’s missing something that’s important to many of Nikon’s pro D-SLR users – fast prime telephotos.
The Z mount lenses have been christened “S Line” which signifies a particular standard of optical performance (it’s not clear whether there will be non-S Line Z mount lenses down the track). The launch trio comprise a 24-70mm f4.0 zoom, a 50mm f1.8 standard prime and a 35mm f1.8 wide-angle. Next up is an interesting superfast Z Nikkor 58mm f0.95 Noct prime which is made possible by the Z mount’s larger inner diameter of 55 mm. Interestingly, it’s a manual focus only lens. It’s scheduled for launch in early 2019 and will be followed by a 20mm f1.8, 85mm f1.8, 24-70mm f2.8, 70-200mm f2.8 and a 14-30mm f4.0. Slated for launch in 2020 are a 50mm f1.2, 24mm f1.8 and14-24mm f2.8.
Nikon says “Nikkor Z lenses pursue a new dimension in optical performance, by taking advantage of the superior design flexibility made possible by the combination of the larger Z mount with its inner diameter of 55 mm, and a short flange focal distance of 16 mm. The lenses offer sharp resolution with both still-image and video recording, and 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 that is well suited for video capture”.
All three of the launch lenses feature weather-sealed designs to match the protection of the Z 6 and Z 7 camera bodies, while the 24-70mm additionally had a fluorine coating on the exposed surface of the its front element to help better repel moisture and grease.
The FTZ mount adapter maintains full AF and AE functionality with 90 Nikkor F mount lenses and will support – to varying degrees – a total of 360 models from the Ai mount update (Automatic maximum aperture Indexing) from 1977 onwards. Three-axis image stabilisation is available with both non-VR (Vibration Reduction) and VR optically-stabilised lenses via the sensor-shift stabilisation in the camera bodies (which provides five-axis correction with Z mount lenses). With VR-equipped lenses which have two-axis correction, the camera’s system is provided the third-axis correction for roll. The FTZ adapter is also weather-sealed and while no local pricing is being released, we estimate it will sell locally for around $350-400. It will also be packaged with the camera bodies as a kit option (and subsequently cheaper) which is a sensible move given the vast reservoir of Nikkor F mount lenses in circulation.