The Nikon Z lens roadmap looks exciting, but are there enough lenses in the pipeline? So far, the Z-mount lenses that Nikon has released so far just scratch the surface of the company’s plans for its upcoming mirrorless offerings. Indeed, at the same time that Nikon announced the Z6, Z7, and three initial lenses, they also created a roadmap of lenses for 2018 and 2019. This is the first time Nikon has ever done such a thing, but it is pretty exciting – not least because of all the new other lenses we know about now.
The Updated Nikon Z Lens Roadmap
As you can see, Nikon is planning a number of releases in the coming year and a half:
- 58mm f/0.95
- 24mm f/1.8
- 85mm f/1.8
- 24-70mm f/2.8
- 70-200mm f/2.8
- 14-30mm f/4
- 50mm f/1.2
- 20mm f/1.8
- 14-24mm f/2.8
- Four additional Nikon Z lenses (as yet unnamed)
- Seven Nikon Z lenses (as yet unnamed)
Nikon has also stated that they are developing non-S series lenses in the future. Whether these lenses represent some of the unnamed lenses in 2020 and 2021, or whether they are separate from this roadmap altogether, has yet to be confirmed.
Nikon 58mm f/0.95 S
A source of frustration for Nikon DSLR users for years (and SLR users for decades) has been the lack of any autofocus lenses with an aperture wider than f/1.4, and any lenses at all wider than f/1.2. Although there has been some debate about the theoretical maximum aperture an F-mount lens could have, while still focusing automatically, the simple fact is that we’ve been using f/1.4 lenses and smaller for years. That looks like it is about to change.
Nikon, not content with just doing one crazy thing like releasing an f/1.2 autofocus lens (which it is doing, starting with a 50mm f/1.2 in 2020), just announced that they’re planning to release a 58mm f/0.95 lens, the likes of which have never existed before for Nikon mount. This lens will not have autofocus, but the Nikon Z6 and Z7 both have focus peaking, and the 5-stop IBIS system with each camera will work fully with this new lens. The only comparable lens for Nikon or Canon at the moment is the Canon 50mm f/1.0 lens, which technically has autofocus, although it is famously slow. Nikon’s 58mm f/1.2 Noct lens is currently the fastest in the Nikon lineup (costing $3000+ used), and the company’s only other 58mm lens is the relatively new 58mm f/1.4.
If this lens comes out with the image quality that Nikon is advertising – “the pinnacle of S-line” – it will immediately be a big hit for video users, many of whom will be willing to pay the doubtlessly high price for something as unique as a 58mm f/0.95 lens for a camera with 5-axis stabilization, 10-bit 4:2:2 output, and focus peaking (and RAW video coming in a future firmware update). A combo like that will be exceptional for video.
And, of course, stills shooters will find it equally spectacular, with countless applications for portraiture, street photography, and close-up studio work. But expect an exhorbitant price.
Nikon S Lenses Released So Far
This list below keeps track of all the Nikon Z-mount lenses that have been announced so far, in the order that they shipped. Although it is a short list so far, we plan to update this article continually as new Z-mount lenses are released.
- 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
If you want to find out more about the Nikon Z lenses, see Nikon Z Mirrorless Lenses page at Nikon USA.