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)
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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