Today, Nikon has announced a new addition to its APS-C/DX line of lenses for its Z series mirrorless cameras.
Last week, we discussed the new Nikon Z8, a camera towards the upper end of the company's product line and which is priced accordingly. But for those of you, like me, who also love to pack a lot of punch into a smaller investment, Nikon offers a number of small and lightweight lenses for its Z system that will give you a lot of joy for a lot less money. I personally own both the 28mm and 40mm “muffin” lenses — not quite pancakes, but small nonetheless. I use them as my walkabout lenses when I don’t feel like marching through the city with a 24-70mm f/2.8 strapped onto the front of my camera body. Both give solid image quality in a small form factor. And they sit well on my Z6 for travel and street shooting. But both of those are full frame.
Today, Nikon shows a little love to APS-C/DX users of cameras like the Z30, Z fc, and Z50. They have introduced the brand new NIKKOR Z DX 24mm f/1.7. Not only is the lens small and well fitted to Nikon’s smaller DX bodies, it also comes with an f/1.7 aperture, which should allow it to let in a lot of light in a variety of circumstances. Cameras like the Z fc and Z30 are designed as everyday cameras and content creator cameras. The type of situations and people that can appreciate needing to be shooting in a bright field one second and a dark city night the next. So, I’d expect this lens to appeal to that buyer especially. Not to mention the f/1.7 promising some beautiful bokeh possibilities. If you are a prime lens enthusiast, this might be the only camera you would need on your DX body for most occasions.
The NIKKOR Z DX 24mm f/1.7 should hit shelves in mid-June and retail for $279.95.
So, what do you think? For DX body users, is this the type of lens you’ve been hoping to add to your collection?