Meet Nikon's New Goodies, an Inexpensive Full-Frame Compact Zoom and 2 Teleconverters

Nikon adds new mirrorless lens options to its Z mirrorless lineup. 

Along with announcing the Z5, a new full-frame mirrorless, and future webcam capabilities for its cameras, Nikon has rolled out the NIKKOR Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3 zoom and a 1.4x and 2.0x teleconverter for the Z series.  

Z 24-50mm F4-6.3 Zoom Lens

The Z 24-50mm F4-6.3 is a low-cost kit lens that is only 3 inches long at its shortest focal length, making it a good walking-around lens. Optically, it adopts two ED glass elements to reduce chromatic aberration, a click-less control ring, and a stepping motor for quiet autofocus. The lens has a minimum focus distance of 13.7 inches (0.35 m) throughout the entire zoom range and limits focus breathing while having a smooth aperture control and reduced flicker.

The compact lens weighs approximately 195 g making it one of the lightest zoom lenses in its class. The Z 24-50mm F4-6.3 will be available in August for $400. 

Z Teleconverters

Nikon's teleconverters for Z lenses come in two flavors. The Z Teleconverter TC-1.4x and TC-2.0x. Using either model does not change the minimum focusing distance of a lens, and its optical design features Nikon's original fluorine coating on both the front and rear lens elements to offer dust and drip resistance sealing. Nikon says the teleconverters will be compatible with interchangeable lenses for Nikon Z mount mirrorless cameras and are planned for an August release. The 1.4x will be priced around $546 and the 2.0x $596 respectively. 

On top of those announcements, Nikon updated its lens roadmap, suggesting the NIKKOR Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S will be released by the end of the year. The 14-24mm will join the Z 24-70mm F2.8 S and the yet to be released Z 70-200mm F2.8 VR S, which is expected to arrive also in August.      

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