Nikon releases their first f/2.8 lens in Z-mount

Things are really heating up in the full-frame mirrorless space with Nikon announcing the new NIKKOR Z 24-70 F2.8 S lens. Many would consider this lens a staple focal range so it’s no coincidence that this the first of the faster aperture lenses to be released.

 

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We can expect even more news as we get closer to CP+ Show 2019 which starts on the 28th in Japan.

Specifications

  • Z-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • ARNEO Coat
  • Programmable Control Ring
  • Manual focus ring
  • Information Panel and L.Fn Button
  • Weather-Sealed Design

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The lens features 17 elements in 15 groups (including 2 ED elements, 4 aspherical elements, elements with Nano Crystal and ARNEO coats, and fluorine-coated front and rear lens elements). It has a 9-blade aperture and is the first lens to feature the new ARNEO & Nano Crystal coat which claims to deliver minimal aberrations, minimise reflections, less ghosting, and sharper images.

Weighing in at 805g (1 lb 12.4 oz), it’s lighter than the NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Lens (900g), Sony 24-70 F2.8 GM (886g) and much lighter than Canon’s heavyweight RF 24-70 F2 (1430g).

With this new release, Nikon has gone with a new stepping motor which provides fast and quiet autofocus and focus-breathing reduction. When you are recording video, you can also set lens to be de-clicked for smooth aperture changes.

EL Display

This is something we have seen on the Zeiss Batis lenses. Instead of focus range markings on the lens, they are displayed on a small OLED screen. Nikon is calling this the electro-luminescent (EL) display. By pressing the DISP. button, you can toggle between focus distance/DOF, focal length or aperture.

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Three rings and a function button

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The lens has three rings. One for zoom, one for focus and a third control ring which can be customised in the camera to adjust settings like the aperture or exposure compensation. Similar,y the L-fn button can be set to a function that suits your style.

NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S.

Pricing & Availability

The NIKKOR Z 24-70 f/2.8 S lens is available for pre-order and retails for $2,299.95. It comes with the lens hood, cap & soft pouch. The lens is expected to start shipping at the end of April 2019.

As a comparison, the NIKKOR Z 24-70 f/4 S lens retails for $999.95 USD.

 

 

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