Has Nikon "banned" third-party lenses that compete with its own Z glass?

nikkor z 24-70mm f2.8
(Image credit: Future)

Buying a cheap camera and lens has almost become a thing of the past – and it looks like the latter could be getting even closer to extinction.

Even entry level models such as the Canon EOS R7 or Nikon Z50 aimed at beginners will set you back close to a grand with a lens. In days gone by, when DSLRs reigned, you could pick up a decent starter kit for 500 bucks easily. But now brands like Canon and Nikon are refusing to issue licenses to third-party lens manufacturers – which could mean bye-bye to affordable alternatives on modern mirrorless bodies. 

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.