Nikon releases "compact & lightweight" 40mm f/2 standard prime for mirrorless

Nikon Z 40mm f/2
(Image credit: Nikon)

Nikon has announced the imminent release of the NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2, a compact and lightweight prime lens compatible with full-frame (Nikon FX-format) mirrorless cameras. The lens will be available from 30 September 2021, with a suggested retail price of $299.95/£249.00.

Despite being just 1/3-stop slower than lenses such as the Z 50mm f/1.8 S and Z 35mm f/1.8 S, it is considerably shorter and less bulky, weighing in at 170g extending to just 1.8in – although it is not an 'S-line' optic. While we've yet to test it in the field, Nikon claims it to be: "Sharp, fast, and small enough to wield discreetly, it’s great for everything from vlogs to vibrant snapshots."

Nikon Z 50 mirrorless camera. (Image credit: Nikon)

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Adam Waring

Adam has been the editor of N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine for almost 12 years, and as such is one of Digital Camera World's leading experts when it comes to all things Nikon-related. 

Whether it’s reviews and hands-on tests of the latest Nikon cameras and lenses, sharing his skills using filters, tripods, lighting, L brackets and other photography equipment, or trading tips and techniques on shooting landscapes, wildlife and almost any genre of photography, Adam is always on hand to provide his insights. 

Prior to his tenure on N-Photo, Adam was also a veteran of publications such as PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine, so his wealth of photographic knowledge isn’t solely limited to the Big N.