I don't care that there aren't many retro-style lenses available for the Nikon Zf

Nikon Z-series 50mm f/1.2 lens mounted on a Nikon Zf body
The Nikkor Z 50mm f/1.2 is my favororite lens option for the Nikon Zf - even though it doesn't match the retro styling of the body (Image credit: James Abbot)

Nikon has once again dipped its toe into the popular world of vintage-inspired camera design, with the release of the APS-C Nikon Z fc and the impressively-featured full-frame Nikon Zf. Both cameras are heavily inspired by the iconic Nikon FM2, offering tactile traditional camera controls alongside digital technology and functionality that sit firmly within the realm of the modern world. 

These cameras are, in a nutshell, an impressive blend of old and new that deliver a thoroughly enjoyable shooting experience and excellent image quality. But with vintage SLR design influence, both models have very little in the way of a grip on the front of the camera to make holding them more comfortable, and no thumb grip on the back of the body. This basically means that the bodies don’t balance particularly well with larger Z-series lenses.

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James Abbott

James Abbott is a landscape and portrait photographer based in Cambridge. He’s also an experienced photography journalist specializing in camera skills and Photoshop techniques. He is also a CAA-approved drone pilot and professional aerial photographer.