Nikon NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S Specifications
|* Supplied accessories may differ depending on country or area|
|Lens Type||Prime Lens|
|Mount Type||Nikon Z|
|Format||Full Frame / FX|
|Compatible Format(s)||Full Frame / APS-C|
|Compatible with Teleconverters||No|
|Maximum Reproduction Ratio||0.15x|
|Vibration Reduction (Image Stabilization)||No|
|Maximum Angle of View (APS-C or smaller format)||31°30′|
|Maximum Angle of View (Full frame or larger format)||47°00′|
|Diaphragm Blades||9 (Rounded)|
|Extra-Low Dispersion Glass Elements||2|
|Nano Crystal Coat||Yes|
|Super Integrated Coat (SIC)||Yes|
|Built-in Focus Motor||Yes|
|Stepper Motor (STM)||Yes|
|Minimum Focus Distance||0.4m|
|Accepts Filter Type||Screw-on|
|Weather / Dust Sealing||Yes|
|Dimensions||76mm x 86.5mm|
|Available in Colors||Black|
|Supplied Accessories||LC-62B 62 mm snap-on Front Lens Cap, LF-N1 Rear Lens Cap, HB-90 Bayonet Hood, CL-C1 Lens Case|
There are some clear highlights here: two aspherical elements, two ED glass elements, Nano Crystal coating, Super Integrated Coating, and a whopping 12 elements in total. The F-mount 50mm f/1.8 G, by comparison, has one aspherical element, super integrated coating, and just 7 elements.
None of this alone guarantees that the 50mm f/1.8 S would be a great lens, but it certainly shows that Nikon has gone all-out with their design choices. Nikon also advertised additional manufacturing tolerances upon the launch of the new Z system, so it should be pretty clear why the Z lens is $600 rather than $177.
Completing the list of important specifications are the 50mm f/1.8 S’s weather sealing and 9 rounded aperture blades, for potentially higher quality bokeh versus 7-blade designs.
On the next page, we will cover the Nikon Z 50mm f/1.8 S’s image quality and optical characteristics, including things like sharpness, bokeh, and focusing performance.