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Nikon announces Z-series superzoom specifically for crop-sensor mirrorless

Nikon Z DX 18-140mm f/3.5-6.3 VR
(Image credit: Nikon)

On the same day that Nikon announced the retro-styled Nikon Z fc, it also gave details of a new superzoom specifically designed for DX-sensor Z-series cameras. The NIKKOR Z DX 18-140mm f/3.5-6.3 VR offers a 7.8x zoom ratio, and taking account of the crop factor, goes from wide-angle effective focal length 24mm to a telephoto 210mm. The lens is scheduled for release later this year, and already appears on the Nikon Z Lens Roadmap.

It's not the first superzoom in Nikon's Z lineup. The Nikon Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR offers a near-identical zoom range for full-frame Z mirrorless cameras, and in our lab tests proved to be one of the sharpest superzooms we've ever had the pleasure to test; the caveat is that the zoom range is a fair deal shorter than some other Nikon-fit superzooms on the market. We can only hope that this new lens offers similar levels of image quality. 

The lens features build-in vibration reduction, which particularly useful for DX-format Nikons which don't feature in-body image stabilization. 

Being a development announcement, Nikon is remaining tight-lipped on the technical details of the lens, but it is expected to be released before the end of the year.

Adam Waring

Editor of N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine, Adam is Digital Camera World's man in the know for all things Nikon-related. A veteran of publications such as PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine, Adam brings a wealth of knowledge and photographic technique to DCW. Often found playing with the latest kit from the Big N, his personal set-up is built around the formidable Nikon D850.