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Nikon’s first Z-Mount f/2.8 – The Camera Crowd

Nikon’s first Z-Mount f/2.8

By February 15, 2019 No Comments

NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f2.8 S

Straight after Canon has announced its SIX new RF lenses, Nikon is fighting back with the release of arguably the most important lens a company can have.


  • Z-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • ARNEO Coat
  • Programmable Control Ring
  • Manual focus ring
  • Information Panel and L.Fn Button
  • Weather-Sealed Design

The lens features 17 elements in 15 groups (including 2 ED elements, 4 aspherical elements, elements with Nano Crystal and ARNEO coats, and fluorine-coated front and rear lens elements). It has a 9-blade aperture and is the first lens to feature the new ARNEO & Nano Crystal coat which claims to deliver minimal aberrations, minimise reflections, less ghosting, and sharper images.

This lens weighs in at 805g, making it lighter than Nikon’s F-mount (900g), Sony’s E-Mount 24-70 F2.8 GM and much lighter than the astonishingly quick Canon RF 24-70 F2 (1430g).

With this new lens release comes a new stepping motor which allows fast and quiet autofocus with a reduction in focus breathing or ‘hunting’. For video shooters, it means that the aperture can be declicked for smooth changes.

EL Display

Similarly to what we have seen before on the Zeiss Batis lenses, this NIKKOR lens features what they are calling an EL (electro-luminescent) display. This means that instead of having focus markings on the lens, they is a small OLED display. By pressing the ‘disp’ button, the screen will cycle between focus distance, focal length or aperture.

Extra Functions

Almost identical to the new RF lenses from Canon, this lens features three rings; focus, zoom and a third control ring whose function can be assigned to things such as aperture exposure compensation. Similarly to the custom buttons on cameras, the L-fn button on the side of the lens can also be assigned.


The NIKKOR Z 24-70 f/2.8 S lens is available for pre-order and retails for $2,299.95. It comes with the lens hood, cap & soft pouch. The lens is expected to start shipping at the end of April 2019.

As a comparison, the NIKKOR Z 24-70 f/4 S lens retails for $999.95 USD.

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