The final member of the F/2.8 trinity for the Nikon Z mount just launched today. Joining the general 24-70mm F/2.8S and 70-200mm F/2.8S is new Nikkor Z 14-24mm F/2.8S. This new ultra-wide zoom turns a Nikon classic for the Full-Frame F-mount into a much lighter and relatively compact lens designed from the ground up for the wide-diameter Z-mount.
The Nikon Z 14-24mm F/2.8S is covers a ultra-wide 114° field-of-view and zooms down to cover 84°, exactly where the 24-70mm F/2.8S takes over. This ultra-modern lens features an entirely new optical construction and nearly flat front element which allows it to be the only such lens that supports front-mount filters. Screw-in 112mm mount to the included lens hood, while there is also a builtin slot for gel filters at the back. Glass elements are coated with the latest nano-crystal coatings from Nikon that provide exceptional resistance to flare which can often be a problem when capturing ultra-wide scenes.
Even among the high-end of Nikon Z lenses, the new 14-24mm F/2.8S is promising to deliver among the best optical performance of the entire S-family. This lens operates internally with multiple lens groups moving to achieve focus quickly and extremely quietly using dual linear focus motors. A LED panel shows distance digitally. The lens is equipped with a customizable control-ring and function button, in addition to a standard A/M switch. The entire lens is built to last and features a weatherproof construction.
Along with the ultra-wide zoom, Nikon unveiled their highest performing lens yet. The new Nikkor Z 50mm F/1.2S is stated to represent the crowning achievement of high-end optical design with a normal lens featuring an ultra-bright F/1.2 maximum aperture. This normal prime lens provides a standard 47° angle-of-view and razor-thin depth-of-field. It joins the Z 50mm F/1.8S already in the S-series but much lighter and the enormous Manual-Focus Only Z 58mm F/0.95S Noct.
Taking advantage of the wide-diameter of the Z-mount, the new Nikkor Z 50mm F/1.2S manages to direct rays from the entire imaging area to achieve the most uniform sharpness and luminance possible. This makes the new lens capture extra-fine detail everywhere. The latest coating protect the 50mm F/1.2S against flare and other optical aberrations.
Nikon built the new Z 50mm F/1.2S to a high standard with a fully weatherproof body. Its extremely wide focus-ring allows for very precise control while the lens is fully capable of autofocus down to 45mm from the sensor plane. It comes at just over 1kg which twice the Z 50mm F/1.8S but half the Z 58mm F/0.95S Noct, showing exactly the balance reached by this exceptional lens. Like the Z 14-24mm F/2.8S also announced today, the new 50mm F/1.2S also features a customizable control-ring and function button, plus a standard A/M switch.
These two premium lens command an expected premium price. Nikon expects to ship the Nikkor Z 14-24mm F/2.8S for $2400 USD or $3400 CAD in November and the Nikkor Z 50mm F/1.2S for $2100 USD or $3000 CAD in December.