Nikon just updated their Z lens roadmap with a whopping nine new lenses, in addition to two DX lenses announced today with the Z50. Here’s a first look at the new lenses we can expect to see.
The Updated Nikon Z Lens Roadmap
Here’s the roadmap it replaces:
In total, every Nikon Z lens we know about is as follows (with lenses that have not yet been formally announced marked in bold):
- 24-70mm f/4 S
- 35mm f/1.8 S
- 50mm f/1.8 S
- 24-70mm f/2.8 S
- 14-30mm f/4 S
- 24mm f/1.8 S
- 85mm f/1.8 S
- 58mm f/0.95 S
- 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 DX
- 50-250mm f/4.5-5.6 DX
- 70-200mm f/2.8 S
- 20mm f/1.8 S
- 50mm f/1.2 S
- 14-24mm f/2.8 S
Nikon has not stated the maximum aperture value for the following nine lenses (the newest additions to the roadmap):
- 28mm pancake lens
- 40mm pancake lens
- 60mm macro lens
- 105mm macro lens
- 18-140mm (DX)
- 24-200mm (non-S lineup)
- 200-600mm (non-S lineup)
When Are These Lenses Coming Out?
The new roadmap doesn’t list any date projections for when the nine new Z lenses will go on sale. So, taking the old information into account, here’s all we know right now about the upcoming announcement schedule:
- 70-200mm f/2.8
- 50mm f/1.2
- 20mm f/1.8
- 14-24mm f/2.8
- Two (or four?) additional Nikon Z lenses TBA
- Seven Nikon Z lenses TBA
There’s a bit of confusion about whether Nikon has 9 or 11 TBA lenses planned at the moment. The reason? Nikon released two DX zooms for the Z50 (the 16-50mm and 50-250mm) in 2019, even though those lenses hadn’t previously appeared on the roadmap. Given that there were 11 TBA spots initially, the question is whether those lenses took up two spots or not.
Until I hear anything further, I’m going to assume that there’s been no change in the total number of lenses that Nikon plans to release through 2021, and every one of those lenses is currently listed on the new roadmap. That means Nikon was a bit ahead of schedule with the 16-50mm and 50-250mm DX lenses, and we will get 9 rather than 11 other TBA lenses through 2021.
Analyzing the Future Lenses
A lot of Nikon’s upcoming lens lineup looks very interesting. In particular, it’s exciting to see a company put specific effort into releasing pancake lenses – a 28mm and a 40mm lens. Personally, as someone who’s been pushing for more pancake lenses from major companies, I am very excited to see this!
It’s also nice to see not one, but two dedicated macro lenses on their way for the Z system. I’d have preferred a 150mm+ macro lens rather than a 60mm and a 105mm, but I’m not complaining. The Z cameras are great for close-up photography for a few reasons – focus stacking, in-viewfinder magnification, focus peaking – and they deserved more than an adapted lens.
The 100-400mm also seems interesting to me. The biggest gap in the entire Z lens lineup was – and still is – a small aperture telephoto lens. Heck, I’d be first in line to buy the Nikon Z 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3… if it weren’t DX only. Most likely, the 100-400mm will still be too heavy to be ideal (with a 70-200mm f/4 or 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 preferable for travel photography) but at least it’s something. Still, you’ve got to wonder why Nikon continues to hold out and not release a lightweight telephoto zoom for what is, ostensibly, a travel-friendly camera system.
We also get the first supertelephoto Z lens – the 200-600mm, though no word on its maximum aperture – which very well could win fans for wildlife and sports photography. Seeing as though it’s not an “S” series lens, chances are good that it will mimic something like Nikon’s 200-500mm f/5.6, a very highly regarded budget supertelephoto lens.
Lastly, Nikon rounds out their new lens set with three wide-to-telephoto zooms: a 24-105mm S, 24-200mm non-S, and 18-140mm DX. A number of photographers complained when the Z6 and Z7 were announced that the kit 24-70mm f/4 didn’t zoom far enough; for those photographers, the 24-105mm S might be just the ticket. (I also wouldn’t be surprised if it’s the new kit lens to go with Nikon’s upcoming high-end Z full-frame camera). The 24-200mm should make a good superzoom for travel, although don’t expect its image quality to be at the same standard as Nikon’s other lenses. Same goes for the DX 18-140mm.
Nikon Z Lenses Shipped So Far
The list below keeps track of all the Nikon Z-mount lenses that have shipped so far, in order from least to most recent. I am omitting lenses that have been announced but have not yet shipped:
If you want to find out more about the Nikon Z lenses, see Nikon Z Mirrorless Lenses page at Nikon USA.