Nikon Z Mount Lenses
The new Z series cameras are built around an entirely new lens mount. Nikon took the opportunity in developing this new system to “start with a blank slate” as one senior Nikon representative told us. The result is the Z mount with a 55mm diameter (17 percent wider than F mount), and a flange back distance (the distance from the lens mount to the sensor focal plane) of 16mm (65 percent smaller than F mount). Nikon states that the Z mount’s large diameter allows for optical design that provides over 100 percent more light collection compared to F mount and maximum apertures as large as ƒ/0.95. Additionally, Nikon says that the lenses will be sharpest at their widest apertures.
For Nikon shooters who own a collection of NIKKOR lenses, the Mount Adapter FTZ will allow use of roughly 350 F mount lenses, and approximately 90 of the most recent lenses will be completely compatible with full functionality via the adapter. Both the Z 6 and Z 7 have in-body, 5-axis Vibration Reduction providing up to 5 stops of stabilization. When F mount lenses with built-in VR are used via the FTZ adapter, the in-body system adds roll stabilization.
Initially, three lenses will be available for the system: the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S ($999) and NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S ($849) will be the first two available in late September along with the Mount Adapter FTZ ($249), followed by the NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S in late October ($599). Nikon is also announcing the development of the NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct, an incredibly fast lens that will be especially interesting for night photography. Price and availability of this lens is not yet available.
In today’s announcement, Nikon also included a roadmap of future lens development for the system. In addition to the NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct, five more lenses are planned for 2019, and three more for 2020. The roadmap, Nikon notes, is subject to change.
For specific details on each of the three new lenses, see the press release found ahead. Click next for a comparison on the Nikon Z 7 versus Z 6.