Nikon just launched its long-awaited Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct along with the Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 and Z DX 50-250mm f/3.5-6.3 – and with it an updated lens roadmap. There are lots of interesting new models on it, and you can see the lens roadmap below with already-announced and/or released glass highlighted in blue, and newly revealed optics in yellow, the latter having no pictures.
But hang on a minute. When did lens roadmaps become such a big thing? Their releases are big news these days, but why? Is it the simple thrill of incoming optics? The exhilaration of delayed gratification? Or just that after buying into a camera system, it’s a relief to know it’s still being supported years down the line?
Given the models stretching out across Nikon’s latest roadmap, there’s clearly no lack of investment or commitment from Nikon to its mirrorless Z mount. As well as the lenses that were already listed as upcoming – the S-Line 14-24mm f/2.8, 70-200mm f/2.8, 50mm f/1.2 and 20mm f/1.8 – there are nine new ones – a mix of the top-spec S-Line lenses, non-S-Line lenses, which are presumably slower, less weather sealed versions, and another Z DX lens, specifically for the new cropped-sensor Z 50 (though also usable on the full-frame cameras in DX crop mode).
Given what’s already available or listed, the most eye catching optics are probably the S-Line 100-400mm and (non S-Line) 200-600mm, both of which will add some serious reach for sports, action and wildlife. There are also two macro lenses – or ‘Micro’ in Nikon Land – the 105mm (S-Line) and 60mm (non S-Line), which should be great to use with the Z cameras’ focus-shift modes. The 24-105mm (S-Line) and 24-200mm (non S-Line) lenses should provide some good general or travel options, and similarly there’s a DX-format 18-140mm (not S-Line). Finally, there are two non S-Line compact primes, a 28mm and 40mm, which could make great street and travel models.
It’s interesting that no Z-series teleconverters have yet been added to the range, but who knows? One might pop up alongside the new telephoto zooms. Nor is there any real detail on apertures for the new lenses, or timescale on fulfillment – and obviously models are subject to change without notice – but there’s certainly plenty for Nikon Z users to look forward to, right?