Introducing The Nikon Z Full-Frame Mirrorless System

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.

Nikon Z FTZ mount adapter

The Nikon Mount Adapter FTZ enables full compatibility with more than 90 lenses and functionality with approximately 360 existing NIKKOR F lenses.

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.

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NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S

NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S.

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.

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NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S

NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S.

NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S

NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S.

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.

Nikon Z lens roadmap

NIKKOR Z lens roadmap.

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.

Wes is the editor of Outdoor Photographer.