Nikon’s mirrorless cameras now have access to a lens that doesn’t have an equal for DSLR shooters. On September 16, Nikon unveiled the Nikkor Z 50mm f/1.2 S and the Nikkor Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S. As part of the company’s previously shared lens road map, neither lens is a complete surprise, but both offer a set of hard-to-find features from the f/1.2 aperture to a filter-friendly hood on the ultra-wide zoom.
Let’s have look at both o them one at a time:
1. NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.2 S
While Nikon has manual focus F-mount f/1.2 lenses, the Nikkor Z 50mm f/1.2 uses a stepping autofocus motor with two motors, one for each lens group. Nikon says the lens is also the first f/1.2 with an STM autofocus engine, a type of autofocus that the company says tends to be quieter than ultrasonic systems.
Developing an f/1.2 lens in the F-mount with autofocus would likely have been too hefty a lens to wield. The new f/1.2 is twice the weight of the earlier Z-mount nifty fifty, with 1.2x larger optics. The lens, however, can be better balanced by moving some of the bigger optics towards the back, a change that the F-mount would not have supported.
2. NIKKOR Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S
Today’s announcement also completes the company’s f/2.8 zoom trilogy with the Nikkor Z 14-24mm f/2.8, which joins the earlier 24-70mm and 70-200mm mirrorless lenses. Nikon says the lens is the shortest and lightest 14-24mm f/2.8 lens yet, at 1.43 pounds, while it takes a similar design approach in moving heavier zoom lens elements towards the back for better balance. The wider Z-mount allows the 14-24mm to reduce the extreme curve found on the similar F-mount lens, which gave Nikon the opportunity for the zoom lens to accept filters. Filters attach to the lens hood, which is designed with openings to allow photographers to tweak a polarizing filter with the zoom lens hood still attached. Both a compatible polarizing filtration system and protective filter will be available at a later date, Nikon states. A filtration system slot for colored gels is also located at the rear of the camera lens. A zoom lens hood without a filter spot is also included, as well as two lens caps, one that allows the zoom lens to be stored with the hood and filter in place.
As part of the S series, both the 14-24mm and the 50mm f/1.2 have Nikon’s highest level of weather-sealing. Both house a digital lens info panel, custom control ring, and two shortcut buttons.
The 14-24mm will go on sale in November, listing at about $2,400. The 50mm f/1.2 doesn’t yet have a ship date but is expected to retail for about $2,100.