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Nikon brings some serious glass to its Z cameras…

New NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.2 S and NIKKOR Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S fast aperture lenses expand Z-shooter options…

Nikon has announced two new lenses to its Z-mount line-up and the new optics are sure to be hits with professional photographers who earn their living by creating stills and video. Both the NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.2 S and NIKKOR Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S are fast aperture lenses and offer some attractive features to prospective buyers.

First up, let’s take a look at the NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.2 S, is a full-frame lens compatible with Nikon’s Z 5/Z 6 and Z 7 cameras, but also works with the APS-C sensor Z50 (where the focal length jumps to 75mm). The Z 50mm f/1.2 S is actually Nikon’s fastest Z-mount lens with autofocus to date (the NOCT is manual focus) the f/1.2 maximum aperture is sure to deliver both incredibly shallow depths of field and impressive bokeh. This means the lens will be suitable not only for portraiture, but also for genres such as wedding photography, street shooting and general reportage, too. 

Inside the Z 50mm f/1.2 S you’ll find a 17 lens elements in 15 groups design that includes two ED glass elements and three aspherical elements along with stepping motors (STM), which aim to provide fast and quiet autofocus and there’s also Nikon’s Nano Crystal and ARNEO Coating technology, which the brand says is there to minimise flare and ghosting. 

Check out the new Z 50mm f1/.2 S….
Sample image captured with the NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.2 S/ Image by Nikon

Inside the Z 50mm f/1.2 S you’ll find a 17 lens elements in 15 groups design that includes two ED glass elements and three aspherical elements along with stepping motors (STM), which aim to provide fast and quiet autofocus and there’s also Nikon’s Nano Crystal and ARNEO Coating technology, which the brand says is there to minimise flare and ghosting.  Along with being a useful lens for stills, the 50mm f/1.2 would find a good home in a videographer’s bag, too thanks to the wide aperture and quiet focusing. As you’d expect from a pro lens, the 50mm is weather sealed and also features an OLED information panel that enables users to view shooting data.

Sample image captured with the NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.2 S/ Image by Nikon

Next up we’re going from portrait photographer to landscapers by taking a look at the second of Nikon’s new lenses – the NIKKOR Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S, which completes the ‘holy trinity’, joining the already released 24-70mm and 70-200mm f/2.8 optics.

Sample image captured with the NIKKOR Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S/ Image by Nikon

The ultra-wide focal length of 14mm (21mm when used with the Z50) will help photographers not only capture a vast view, but also stretch the perspective of foreground interest. Featuring an aluminium-alloy mount that Nikon explains reduces weight while increasing durability, the 14-24mm features extensive sealing around all moving parts of the lens barrel keeps dust and moisture out. Along with landscapes, the 14-24mm will also be suitable for astrophotography and architecture, too.

Also featuring Nikon’s Nano Crystal and ARNEO Coat technology to reduce ghosting and flare, the NIKKOR Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S can take 112 mm screw-on filters together with the included lens hood or, alternatively, a rear filter slot allows use of gel colour filters.

Go behind the scenes with the 14-24mm f/2.8 S…
Sample image captured with the NIKKOR Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S/ Image by Nikon

The NIKKOR Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S lens will be available in November 2020 for $2,399/£2,499, while photographers wanting to grab the NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.2 S will have to wait a little longer as this lens will ship in December 2020 for $2,099/£2,299.

Sample image captured with the NIKKOR Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S/ Image by Nikon