Nikon Dramatically Updates Z Lens Roadmap

Nikon just updated their Z lens roadmap, and we now know of a whopping thirteen Z lenses that will be released in the coming years. Here’s a first look at the new lenses you 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):

The nine lenses at the bottom that are both bold and italicized are the newest additions to the lens roadmap. We don’t yet know the maximum aperture values of these lenses, but hopefully Nikon will release that information soon.

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 as well, here is what we expect at the moment for Nikon’s future announcement schedule:

2020:

In 2021:

Unless Nikon deviates from the roadmap, we already know at least the focal length of every lens to be announced through 2021. However, we don’t yet know what order Nikon will release the roadmap lenses. (The new version of the roadmap doesn’t have any dates, unlike the old version.)

Analyzing the Future Lenses

A lot of Nikon’s upcoming lens lineup looks very interesting. In particular, it’s great 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 deserve 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 well-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 Announced So Far

The list below keeps track of all the Nikon Z-mount lenses that have been announced so far, in order from least to most recent:

2018

2019

2020

If you want to find out more about the Nikon Z lenses, see Nikon Z Mirrorless Lenses page at Nikon USA.