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Check out the image quality from Nikon’s new Z 40mm f/2 lens

Impressive and lightweight prime won’t break the bank...

Nikon photographers can now finally get their hands on the latest optic for the brand’s mirrorless cameras with the release of the Nikkor Z 40mm f/2, a lightweight prime lens that combines tiny dimensions with a fast f/2 maximum aperture.

Image by Nikon, taken with Nikkor Z 40mm f/2.

Designed for use on full-frame (FX) sensor cameras such as the Z 7 II, the lens can also be used on Nikon’s crop-sensor cameras like the Z 50 / Zfc, where the 40mm focal length switches up to 60mm. The versatile focal length will make the Z 40mm a perfect choice for portraiture and street photography.

The Z 40 F/2 tips the scales at just 170g.

Built around a ‘6 elements in 4 groups’ design that includes 2 aspherical elements, the dimensions of the 40mm are incredibly diminutive, with the lens tipping the scales at only 170g and measuring just 45mm in length. Because the lens is so small, it will also be of interest to videographers who may want to use the Z 40mm F/2 when filming with a gimbal.

Image by Nikon, taken with Nikkor Z 40mm f/2.

The video credentials are further enhanced as the Z 40mm features an ultra-quiet stepping motor and Nikon says that focus breathing is dramatically reduced so you can adjust focus without noticeably affecting the shot’s angle of view.

Image by Nikon, taken with Nikkor Z 40mm f/2.

However, it’s likely to be portrait work that this lens becomes best known for and the combination of that fast f/2 maximum aperture and a rounded 9-blade aperture should deliver some impressive bokeh. For those wanting to capture closer portraits, the Z 40mm features a minimum focusing distance of just 29cm.

Image by Nikon, taken with Nikkor Z 40mm f/2.

With seals to protect against dust and moisture, the Z 40mm f/2 also offers a silent control ring that can be used to control focus, aperture, exposure compensation, or ISO. These are all impressive features when you consider that this is a value-for-money lens that may well be one of the most affordable optics in Nikons Z series.

Image by Nikon, taken with Nikkor Z 40mm f/2.

For those new to photography who don’t have the budget for a more expensive lens, or for those needing a lightweight optic for video use, the Z 40mm f/2 looks set to be a popular lens. Available from the end of September, the lens is expected to cost around £250 / $295.

Image by Nikon, taken with Nikkor Z 40mm f/2.