Nikon Z: Macro lenses for mirrorless system cameras and views

Although Nikon quickly expanded its range of lenses for the mirrorless system cameras of the Z series, real macro optics were missing for a long time – until now. Because now the manufacturer has announced two such special lenses for the system.

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The Nikkor MC 105 mm 1: 2.8 VR S with its average telephoto focal length of 105 millimeters is a very classic representative of its kind. It achieves an image scale of 1: 1 at a working distance of 0.29 meters (from the sensor level) . That is just enough to easily illuminate subjects and also to photograph shy animals with a larger reproduction scale. The open aperture of f / 2.8 also offers great potential for exposure on the full-frame sensor. This also makes the 105 macro lens suitable for portraits.

The Nikkor Z MC 105 mm f / 2.8 VR S is a classic macro lens that is also suitable for portraits.

As befits current optics, it is internally focused – so it does not extend when focusing. The construction of 16 lenses in eleven groups has an internal image stabilization which, according to Nikon, works together with the sensor stabilization of the Z cameras. Furthermore, the manufacturer equips the lenses with a nanocrystal and its own ARNEO coating (anti-reflective coating). Above all, he wants to reduce reflections, stray light and ghosting.

The lens is part of the S series, in which Nikon brings together particularly high-quality lenses. The dust- and splash-proof Nikkor Z MC 105 mm 1: 2.8 VR S is expected to go on sale in mid-June and can cost just under 1100 euros.

The second announced macro lens is the Nikkor Z MC 50 mm 1: 2.8, which works with a standard focal length of 50 millimeters. Such macros create a very natural image effect and are particularly suitable for portraits of plants that do not mind if you get closer to them. After all, the working distance for an image scale of 1: 1 at 0.16 meters (from the sensor level, 5.6 centimeters from the lens) is already very short. With its universal focal length and the open aperture of f / 2.8, Nikon also wants to place the optics as a choice for portraits or street photography.

The Nikkor Z MC 50 mm f / 2.8 is a full-frame lens, but Nikon also wants to target photographers who work with the APS-C camera Z 50.

The construction of 10 lenses in 7 groups is not stabilized and the manufacturer does not use an anti-reflective coating. Like the 105 macro, the Nikkor Z MC 50 mm f / 2.8 will be available in stores in mid-June and then cost just under 730 euros.

The Nikkor Z 40mm 1: 2 should go on sale this year.

In addition, Nikon has announced the development of two more prime lenses aimed at the Z-series mirrorless system cameras. The Nikkor Z 28 mm f / 2.8 offers a wider-angled focal length, such as is used in landscape and street photography. The Nikkor Z 40 mm 1: 2 wants to score as a standard lens with a high aperture of f / 2.0. The market launch is planned for this year, so Nikon. The manufacturer did not provide any further details.

With the new lenses, Nikon also published a current version of the lens roadmap until 2022 and it is very ambitious. The manufacturer wants to improve especially in the tele range and is apparently planning, among other things, fixed focal lengths with 400 and 600 millimeters as well as zoom lenses with 100 to 400 millimeters and 200 to 600 millimeters.

The current roadmap shows that Nikon wants to expand its system, especially in the tele range.

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