Nikon Z 24mm f/1.8 S becomes seventh lens for Nikon full-frame Z6 and Z7

Nikon Nikkor Z 24mm f/1.8 S
(Image credit: Nikon)

As well as announcing the development of a new flagship Nikon D6 DSLR, Nikon has also announced a new lens for its fast-expanding Z-mount full-frame mirrorless camera system today. The Nikkor Z 24mm f/1.8 becomes the seventh lens to be officially launched for the  Z 6 and Z 7 – and the fourth f/1.8 prime in the range.

“The Nikkor Z 24mm f/1.8 S continues our commitment to offering exciting prime lenses to Nikon Z 7 and Z 6 users, while also providing exceptional level of quality achieved by the S-Line of Nikkor Z lenses,” said Jay Vannatter, Executive Vice President, Nikon Inc. “The combination of wide-angle perspective and a fast f/1.8 aperture is optimal for all types of photography including landscapes, making the Nikkor Z 24mm f/1.8 S a must-have lens to unleash the full potential of the Nikon Z series.”

The lens features 9 rounded aperture blades, and has a dust and drip resistant design, to cater for tough weather conditions. The lens is constructed of 12 elements in 10 groups and includes four aspherical elements and one Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass element to combat aberration; it also benefits from Nikon’s patented Nano Crystal Coat helps eliminate ghosting and flare. 

The 24mm f/1.8 S is equipped with Nikon’s Multi-Focusing System, which uses two AF drives in tandem to deliver superior resolving power and achieve fast and accurate autofocus, even at minimum focus distance.  A wide, knurled control ring can be used for silent aperture control or exposure compensation, and as a focus ring when shooting in Manual Focus.

The fast wide-angle prime will be of particular interest to landscape, documentary, and street photographers – but will also be a strong candidate as one of the best lenses for astrophotography.

Nikkor Z 24mm f/1.8: specification

Lens mount: Nikon Z
Format: full-frame FX
Focal length: 24mm
Maximum aperture: f/1.8
Minimum aperture: f/16
Construction: 12 elements in 10 groups
Angle of view: FX format: 84°, DX format: 61°
Minimum focus: 0.25m (0.82 ft)
Number of aperture blades: 9
Filter ring: 72mm
Dimensions: 78 x 96.5mm (3.1 x 3.8 in)
Weight: 450g (15.9 oz)

(Image credit: Nikon)

Nikkor Z 24mm f/1.8: Price and availability

The Nikon Z 24mm f/1.8 S will start shipping on October 17. The recommended retail price for this fast prime will be $999.95 / £1,049.

Two further lenses are promised in the Nikon Z lens roadmap for this year – the Nikon Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 Noct S and the Nikkor Z 70-200mm f/2.8 S, with a further three already sheduled for 2020. 

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 

His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 11 Pro.

He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.