Nikon 14–24mm F2.8 S and 50mm F1.2 S for Z-mount unveiled

Nikonofficially announced two lenses for its Z-mount, full-frame mirrorless system: the Nikkor Z 14–24mm F2.8 S and 50mm F1.2 S. Both are estimate to arrive by the end of 2020.

Nikkor Z 14–24mm F2.8 S

The 14–24mm is almost 35% lighter than its AF-S 14–24mm F2.8 G predecessor for DSLRs, and thanks to a nearly-flat front element it accepts conventional threaded filters (albeit very large 112mm ones) via the included HB-97 lens hood. That’s unusual for a lens of this type, and a rear filter holder also accepts trimmed gel filters.

Overall the lens measures a relatively compact 88.5mm (3.5in) x 124.5mm (5in), and weighs 650g (1.4lb). It includes a nine-blade aperture and features Nano Crystal and ARNEO anti-reflective coatings to control ghosting, flare and coma. Like the recent Z 24–70mm and 70–200mm F2.8 zooms that this lens complements, the 14–24mm offers ‘extensive’ weather sealing and includes a small OLED display panel on the lens barrel itself.

Nikkor Z 50mm F1.2 S

The Z 14–24mm may be relatively compact for its class, but the Z 50mm F1.2 S is decidedly not. With optics one and a half times bigger than those used by the Z 50mm F1.8, it weighs in at 1090g (2.4lb) and measures 89.5mm (3.6in) x 150m (6in).

It features a ‘symmetrical’ optical design, which Nikon says improves its ability to provide edge-to-edge sharpness. The lens features two focusing groups, each with its own STM stepping motor, and its optical formula includes three aspherical elements to boost resolution and reduce distortion. Nano Crystal and ARNEO coatings are also used, and like 50mm F1.2 also includes weather-sealing and lens barrel display.

The Nikkor Z 14–24mm S F2.8 will go on sale in November for $2400; the Nikkor Z 50mm F1.2 arrives in December for $2100.

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