Nikon Announces Two Fast New Lenses for Z-Mount: 50mm f/1.2 and 14-24mm f/2.8

Nikon Announces Two Fast New Lenses for Z-Mount: 50mm f/1.2 and 14-24mm f/2.8

Nikon has announced that it will be launching two new lenses for its mirrorless full frame cameras: the NIKKOR Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S and the NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.2 S.

Nikon fans have been waiting patiently for the Z system’s first super-fast autofocus prime lens and the Japanese manufacturer will soon be delivering the 50mm f/1.2. The lens will be available to purchase from December at a price of $2,096.95.

The 50mm is billed as Nikon’s fastest and most optically impressive AF prime lens to date, offering “unrivaled sharpness, speed, and life-like clarity.” It features weather sealing, a shortcut button, and a customizable control ring, as well as an EL (electro-luminescent) Display panel, an OLED screen that can show focus distance/DOF, focal length, or aperture.

As you might expect, this is not a small lens: though not quite Noct-sized, it weighs 2.4 lb (1090 g), measures 3.6 in x 6 in (89.5mm x 150mm), and has a front filter thread of 82mm. It has 17 elements in 15 groups and 9 diaphragm blades.

The 14-24mm f/2.8 S is described as the “shortest and lightest full-frame zoom lens of its kind” and completes Nikon’s trinity of fast zoom lenses. At just 1.43 lb (650 g) it is more than a third lighter than its DSLR predecessor. It will be available to purchase in November for $2,396.95.

The front element is “nearly flat” and the lens accepts a 112 mm filter. It’s 3.5 in (89 mm) in diameter and 4.92 in (125 mm) in length. 16 elements sit in 11 groups and there are 9 diaphragm blades. Like the other trinity lenses, it features the same EL Display, shortcut button, and control ring, and has weather sealing.

The trinity.

Are you excited to see new, fast Z-mount glass from Nikon? Will you be placing a pre-order? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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I most definitely want the 14-24, this seems like a stunning lens. Can't wait.

Fascinating. The Canon RF is a bit lighter, and way shorter, also a bit thinner, but not much. Different lens design, both are expensive (the Canon has an even higher price). Cool stuff anyway.

Tried to find a bit more:
Nearest focusing distance: Nikon 0.45m vs Canon 0.40m
Maximum Reproduction Ratio: Nikon 0.15 vs. Canon 0.19
(I was curious, nothing more.)

I would have gladly given up tack sharp corners @ F1.2 if that 50mm was 30% smaller.

That 50 is reasonably priced, all things considered. A better, real-world, professionally useful optic.

the rear mounted filter slot in the 14-24mm sounds interesting.


Can get a Medium Format lens for that ... yawn

You can also get 2003 Honda Accord for that. But neither will fit on a Nikon Z.

Easy sell the Nikon and buy the medium Format. It’s the same price

I definitely want the 50!