October 16, 2019

Want to Know Where the NIKKOR Z Line is Headed Next?

Come take a look at Nikon's road map.

It's safe to say that Nikon has committed to Z: The new 58mm Noct lens, the fastest NIKKOR lens ever with a max aperture of f/0.95, was created for the Z mount. The newest Nikon camera announcement was for the Z line with the Z 50. And now, the NIKKOR Z Lens Roadmap provides a look at the Z lens expansion to 2021.

Highlights of the Z Lens roadmap include an investment in zoom lenses of all types as well as a pair of Microlenses. Several lenses will be part of the S-Line, NIKKOR's high-performance indicator for the Z line.

There are 7 yet to be announced zoom lenses, including a 100-400mm S-Line addition and a non-S-Line 200-600mm lens (information on the aperture is not included in the map for either lens). The roadmap also shares 2 upcoming Microlenses, the 60mm and an S-Line 105mm (NIKKOR's name for a macro lens is "Micro."). 

You'll notice there is a difference between the focal lengths listed for the FX and DX sensors, which run across the top of the roadmap. While Nikon's FX-format cameras in the Z-line, the Z 6 and Z 7 cameras, have a full-frame sensor, the DX camera, the Z 50, has a crop sensor which changes the effective focal length. This is why the lens behaves a bit differently depending on the camera it is mounted to. For example, the 85mm f/1.8 lens listed here will behave like an 85mm lens when mounted on a camera with an FX-format sensor, but, that same lens has an effective focal length of 127.5mm on the DX-format sensor camera.

All new lenses that will be announced include:

  • 20mm f/1.8 S-Line
  • 50mm f/1.2 S-Line
  • 28mm Compact Prime
  • 40mm Compact Prime
  • Micro 60mm (no aperture listed)
  • Micro 105mm S-Line (no aperture listed)
  • 14-24mm f/2.8 S-Line
  • 70-200mm f/2.8 S-Line
  • 24-105mm S-Line (no aperture listed)
  • 100-400mm S-Line (no aperture listed)
  • 18-140mm for DX (no aperture listed)
  • 24-200mm (no aperture listed)
  • 200-600mm (no aperture listed)

Check out the road map below! 

Nikkor Z RoadmapCredit: Provided by Nikon

Featured image provided by Nikon

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