The new Nikon Z-mount with the 55mm diameter allows for improved lens designs for faster autofocus lenses with improved overall IQ.
As Nikon Z mount cameras grow in popularity we will see many 3rd party lens manufacturers jumping on board as well as new lenses developed from other manufacturers.
Use this guide to find Nikon Z Lenses.
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Nikon Z-Mount Lenses
Use this guide to find every Nikon Z Lens. Including all Nikon Z zoom lenses and all Nikon Z Prime lenses as well as third-party lenses made for the Z-Mount.
I will not list the Nikon F lenses as there are several hundred out there.
Nikon Z-Mount Zoom Lenses
The Nikon Z Mount zoom lenses so far do not have manual focus couplings and will be focus-by-wire. This might disappoint some landscape photographers but we will have to wait and see what Nikon does with the ultra wide Z mount zooms.
Nikkor 14-24mm f2.8 S
The Nikkor 14-24mm f2.8 is a staple for landscape photographers. A new version will be available as a Z lens in 2020.
Nikkor 14-30mm f4 S
A lighter and smaller alternative to the Nikkor 14-24, the 14-30mm f4 is slightly slower but has slightly more reach. The 14-30 will be available as a Z mount lens in 2019.
Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8 S
The 24-70mm f2.8 is one of the most versatile lenses you can buy. Great for portraits, travel and even landscape photography. The fast aperture of 2.8 helps shooting in low light conditions and while producing shallow depth of field.
Nikkor 24-70mm f4 S
The Nikkor 24-70mm f4 S is the new kit lens for the Nikon full frame Z cameras. The lens features 14 elements in 11 groups with 7 rounded aperture blades. Focus is focus-by-wire and the lens weighs 1.10lb. The Nikkor 24-70mm is a great first lens because its light weight and versatility. It’s great for travel, landscape or portrait photography.
Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8 S
The 70-200mm f2.8 is an incredible choice for nature and portrait photographers with fantastic reach and versatility.
Nikon Z-Mount Prime Lenses
The legend of Nikon lenses continues with the Z mount. Many of the new Nikon Z mount primes lenses are going to be a little different than the F mount lenses you may be use to. They will be light weight and focus-by-wire.
The Nikkor 58mm f0.98 Noct will be a manual focus lens and we still unsure if it will still have the light weight plastic feel of the other primes.
Nikkor 20mm f1.8 S
The Nikkor 20mm f1.8 is a staple among event and architecture or landscape photographers. It will be a little too wide for street and travel photography.
Nikkor 24mm f1.8 S
The Nikkor 24mm f1.8 is a very versatile lens for shooting low light street photography, landscape photography and event work where a fast wide angle is needed to shoot groups of people.
Nikkor 35mm f1.8 S
The Nikkor 35mm f1.8 is one of the most versatile prime lenses you can buy. 35mm is perfect for street and travel photography but also isn’t too wide for portrait work. The 35mm f1.8 is designed with 11 elements in 9 groups with two ED and three aspherical elements for improved corners and chromatic aberration control.
Nikkor 58mm f0.95 S Noct
The Nikkor 58mm f0.98 was engineered to fully take advantage off the new Z mount. It will be a manual focus lens and is designed primarily for portrait and low light work.
Nikkor 50mm f1.2 S
The Nikor 50mm f1.2 in the Z mount is a staple portrait lens for Nikon full frame. The 50mm f1.2 will be a little bigger overall and heavier than the 50mm f1.8 and is a great choice for low light event photography, portrait work and studio work.
Nikkor 50mm f1.8 S
The Nikkor 50mm f1.8 is consider a normal lens. It simulates the way we see the world regarding compression and focal length. Like the 34mm, a 50mm is one of the most versatile lenses you can buy. The Nikkor 50mm f1.8 is designed with 12 elements in 9 groups with 9 rounded apertures. Two ED and two aspherical elements are included for improved edge and corner performance as well as chromatic aberration control.
Nikon Z-Mount Adapters
So far we only have the official Nikon F to Z mount adapter. It will autofocus AF/AE with E, G, D Lenses.
D lenses will not be able to have autofocus.
|Nikon FTZ||F to Z||BHphoto|
There still aren’t a lot of third party options for the EOS R yet, but we are starting to see some cool lenses come out of China. Expect to see a lot more coming in 2019.
Kipon “Elegant” Lenses For Nikon Z Mount
Kipon has a new lens line of Elegant lenses for the Canon RF and Nikon Z Mount. These are essentially new Handevision lenses. Handevision is actually owned by Kipon and they make lenses with a classic style in both physical design and rendering.
Kipon is one of the few Chinese factories that has the precision gear to make this stuff properly. They have to, since they every adapter you can think of and their reputation is very good. This is also why they were able to capture the attention of some fairly prestigious lens designers out of Germany.
I’ve reviewed several of the Handevision lenses and some are really cool, some are just so-so. The 75mm f2.4 is a gem, so if you want to see what these lenses are all about, start there. I highly recommend it.
So what’s the story of the rebrand?
Kipon has expanded their network of lens designers and they now have some very good guys they work with and consult. The very initial release of Handevision lenses designed by IB/E Optics GmbH had a few minor issues with the builds that resulted in some minor reliability issues, oil on the aperture some minor wiggle that sort of thing. As to be expected with any new lens company. In early 2018 they were tuned up for improved reliability. The Kipon Elegant lenses have been completely mechanically redesigned for improved reliability and precision by Kipon’s new team of designers. Consider these IBERIT Mk II lenses since they have the same optical formulas.
Since the Handevision lenses have also been updated, you could still buy the Leica M mount versions of the Handevision lenses and adapt them to the Nikon Z. I don’t recommend adapting the M-mount 50mm f2.4 though, you’ll get some mechanical vignetting. You also lose some minimum focus distance which you’ll really notice on the 35mm when adapting the Leica M mount.
What’s the point of these Kipon lenses compared to a Nikon 50mm f1.8 or a 35mm f1.8 since the prices are similar? The main thing is size, weight and rendering. The Kipon Elegant lenses are about as small as you can make a full frame lens without any huge sacrifices to output. This means they are perfect for street photographers or casual shooters that want to keep their gear low profile and light. Since the element count is low, you also see some really nice micro-contrast and color.
|Lens Name||Elements||Filter Size||Order|
|Kipon Elegant 24mm f2.4||8/7||Ø49mm||Amazon|
|Kipon Elegant 35mm f2.4 Review||6/6||Ø49mm||Amazon|
|Kipon Elegant 50mm f2.4 Review||6/6||Ø49mm||Amazon|
|Kipon Elegant 75mm f2.4 Review||5/5||Ø49mm||Amazon|
|Kipon Elegant 90mm f2.4||4/4||Ø49mm||Amazon|
Meike Lenses For Canon RF Mount
Meike has engineered their 50mm f1.7 lens for the new Nikon mount. This was a fairly popular low budget lens for the Sony FE mount and it’s nice it has moved over to Nikon. The Meike lenses are cheap Chinese lenses but their optical formulas are actually quite nice. The APS-C 35mm f1.7 is probably my favorite cheap Chinese lens for APS-C cameras and this lens looks very similar. Review coming soon.
|Lens Name||Elements||Filter Size||Order|
|Meike 50mm f1.7||6/5||Ø52mm||Amazon|
NIKKOR Z-Mount Lens Road Map
|20mm f1.8||24mm f1.8||—|
|58mm f0.95 S Noct||50mm f1.2||—|
|24-70mm f2.8||14-24mm f2.8||—|
Nikon Z Mount Lens List Conclusions
There are lot of lenses coming from Nikon and third-party manufacturers coming 2019 and 2020. I’ll continue to update this list with everything with reviews of what I can get my hands on.