October 7, 2021
If you’re looking for the best Z-mount lenses for Nikon’s Z-series cameras, this guide is for you.
If you are the proud owner of a Nikon Z-series camera, such as the full-frame Nikon Z5, Z6 II, Z7 II or the Nikon Zfc/Z50 APS-C (DX), you will find that you have a growing number of lenses to choose from. We’ve reviewed a number of Z mount lenses and can guide you on your next purchase.
Although the Z series has a number of very high quality Nikkor lenses, making it difficult to buy a “bad” lens so to speak, you may still want to weigh your options. We’ll try to guide you on why one lens might be a better choice for you than another, whether it’s so you can take a specific type of photography or you want to save money buying a lens. cheaper.
All of Nikon’s full-frame Z-series cameras feature built-in image stabilization (IBIS), which helps keep images sharp when using slower shutter speeds, but you’ll still benefit from a lens with built-in VR (vibration reduction) as this will also help, especially with longer telephoto lenses. If you have an APS-C (DX) camera, be aware that these devices (Zfc, Z50) do not have IBIS, and will therefore benefit from a VR lens.
Best Z-Mount Macro Lens: Nikon Nikkor Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S – 5 stars
The Nikon Nikkor Z MC 105mm f2.8 VR S is Nikon’s top end macro lens for the Z system, priced at £999 the lens offers excellent levels of sharpness, weather sealing and built-in vibration reduction (VR). With an aperture of f/2.8, this lens is also a good option for portrait photography. Nikon currently offers two macro lenses, this one, and the cheaper Nikkor MC 50mm f/2.8, priced at £649.
Best first Z-mount wide-angle lens: Nikkor Z 24mm f/1.8 S – 5 stars
Available for around £1049, the Nikkor Z 24mm f1.8 S lens is a compact and lightweight alternative to the 24-70mm f2.8 zoom lens, and is brighter with an f1.8 aperture, making it makes it ideal if you’re heading out to shoot in low-light conditions. The lens is an excellent choice for landscape, street and interior photography. There’s a close focusing distance of 25cm, allowing you to get close to your subject.
Best Z Mount Standard Zoom Lens – Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S – 5 stars
The Nikkor Z 24-70mm f2.8 S Lens is a premium “standard” zoom lens, offering an f2.8 aperture throughout the zoom range, weather sealing, and pro-level build quality. Nikon has managed to make a smaller and lighter lens compared to the F-Mount 24-70mm f2.8 lens, however, the F-Mount lens features VR, while the Z lens 24-70mm relies on in-body image stabilization. One thing to note is the price, which at £1999 might be too expensive for some, and Nikon also offers the 24-70mm f4 lens which is available for around £999.
Best telephoto zoom for Z mount – Nikkor Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S – 5 stars
The Nikkor Z 70-200mm f2.8 VR S telephoto zoom lens delivers stunning image quality, with fast and quiet autofocus. As a professional lens, you will also find that it is weather sealed, which protects it in bad weather. Vibration Reduction (VR) is included and works in combination with IBIS if the camera is equipped with it. Priced at £2299, the quality doesn’t come cheap, but the lens offers outstanding optical performance, which is easily justified.
Best high-end wide-angle zoom: Nikkor Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S – 4.5 stars
The Nikkor Z 14-24mm f2.8 S wide-angle zoom offers an f2.8 aperture throughout the zoom range and delivers very impressive image quality. There’s a customizable control ring and, like other high-end Z-mount lenses, a built-in display panel. There’s weather sealing, as you’d expect, as well as excellent resistance to flaring. There’s only one downside to this lens, and that’s the price, at £2389.
Best 85mm Z Mount Lens – Nikkor Z 85mm f/1.8 S – 4.5 stars
The Nikkor Z 85mm f1.8 S offers a waterproof lens and excellent focal length for portraits. With an aperture of f1.8, the lens offers pleasing background blur and bokeh. The optical quality of the images produced by the lens is impressive. The lens is available for £699.
Best compact wide-angle zoom: Nikkor Z 14-30mm f/4 S – 4.5 stars
The Nikkor Z 14-30mm f4 S is a more affordable wide-angle zoom, compared to the 14-24mm f2.8 lens, available for £1129. It’s a very compact lens for those looking to reduce the size (and weight) of their camera, with a retractable design, and offers a useful zoom range from 14mm ultra-wide zoom to 30mm. The lens is sharpest at the wide angle end of the lens, but is an excellent choice for those looking for a compact wide angle zoom lens.
If you’re looking for a different lens, here’s our handy list of all Nikon Z-mount lenses currently available:
Fixed Z mount lenses
Z mount zoom lenses
DX lenses (APS-C)
- Z Teleconverter TC-1.4x
- Z Teleconverter TC-2.0x
Future lenses indicated on the roadmap (June 2021):
- S line 24-105mm
- S-Line 85mm
- S line 100-400mm
- S line 200-600mm
- S line 400mm
- S line 600mm
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