At CES 2019, Nikon has announced its Z series range of lenses for its new full-frame mirrorless cameras with presenting the Nikkor Z 14-30mm f/4 S ultra-wide zoom lens. The 14-30mm f/4 S joins the 24-70mm f/4, 35mm f/1.8 S and 50mm f/1.8 S, announced in 2018 alongside the Z6 and Z7. The new lens is designed to offer the ideal combination of efficient performance and portability. Nikon expects it to be popular with landscape, travel, event and architecture photographers. The Executive Vice President of Nikon Inc, Jay Vannatter announced, “The Nikkor Z 14-30mm lens demonstrates the optical superiority of the Z system, taking advantage of the newest high-performance lens technologies while maximizing compactness and portability”.
The new lens is just 89mm lens when retracted, and weighs just 485g, making it roughly 28% lighter and 32% shorter than Nikon’s own AF-S 16-35mm f/4G ED VR wide-angle zoom lens designed for its DSLR range. The new lenses optically feature 4 Extra-Low Dispersion elements and 4 aspherical elements. Nikon said that it will offer unparalleled control of distortion and chromatic aberration. Moreover, the 14-30mm uses Nikon’s anti-reflective Nano Crystal Coat effectively reduces ghosting and flare, delivering clearer images maintaining good contrast in challenging lighting situations.
The 14-30mm f/4 S also features an 82mm filter thread in order to make it possible to easily attach a range of filters, while the new lens also uses Nikon’s latest STM (Stepping Motor) technology for smooth, fast and efficient AF performance. The new lenses are dust and ‘drip’-resistant and feature a fluorine coating on the front element that effectively repels dust, water droplets, grease, and dirt. The Nikkor Z 14-30mm f/4 S lens will be available in the March 2019 at an expected price of $1,299.95.