Parallel to the announcement of the destination 17-28mm f/2.8 Z mountNikon reveals its 5th version of the roadmap for its Nikkor Z lenses. At the end of the day we discover 3 new goals that could be announced later in 2023, as well as an additional detail on a DX zoom. This is how Nikon plans to further develop its Z mount.
35 mm S-Line: a new ultra-bright prime lens
After the Z 35mm f/1.8 S, Nikon plans to announce a new 35mm for mirrorless full-frame cameras of the S-Line. Given the vision in the roadmap, we can say it won’t be a 35mm f/2.8, but more like a brighter focal length, f/1.4 or even f/1.2which could appear together with the Z 50 mm f/1.2, which will be presented in September 2020.
This very fast portrait lens, the “Expand the boundaries of bokeh” was a way for Nikon to show that Optical know-howwithout sacrificing ergonomics.
No doubt that a Z 35mm f/1.2 S could delight lovers of bokeh bubbles and well-distant subjects as well as night owls.
135mm, reviving a portrait focal length with the S-Line
Nikon and the 135mm focal length is a love story that goes back a little. So we’re thinking DC Nikkor 135mm f/2Dwhich came onto the market in 1995. It is a fast telephoto lens with a defocus control to vary the blur behind or in front of the subject.
Nikon also had more classic optics, like that Nikkor AI 135mm f/2.8. However, the manufacturer has never offered 135mm lenses for full-frame F-mount cameras. So this lens, whose specifications are still unknown, could enable Nikon with a return Fixed focal length optics for native Z-mount portraits.
70-180mm, a well-known focal length range… at Tamron
Finally, the last objective revealed thanks to this new roadmap is none other than a 70-180mm (not S Line). Suffice it to say that this lens makes us think of Tamron directly. After the Z 28-75mm f/2.8 and the Z 17-28mm f/2.8 a 70-180mm makes sense to complete the trio and offer a 28-180mm f/2.8 aperture with a more affordable and compact optic than the S-Line.
Again, hypothetically, Nikon could rely on one Partnership with Tamron – Partnership that is only in our spirit at the moment, neither Nikon nor Tamron have confirmed this. However, Tamron does offer the Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD, a lightweight, compact and affordable Sony E-mount telephoto zoom.
From there to think that this 70-180 mm resumes its technical characteristics, for example an optical construction 19 elements divided into 14 groupsa weight of 815g for a length of 149mm and a minimal MAP of only 27cm to 70mm With manual focus, there is only one step. Let’s see what the next announcements have in store for us.
The 12-28mm (DX) will have a motorized zoom – and why not an APS-C body suitable for video?
Finally small easter eggs : Nikon added the PZ designation alongside the 12-28mm wide-angle lens DX already included in the roadmap. That means for insiders power zoom, or motorized zoom. Again, these two letters may indicate more of a video orientation for this lens. If this is confirmed, it will be the Nikon’s first motorized zoom lenseven if Sony already offers its 10-20mm f/4 version in E-mount.
But she could give us more information about a Nikon’s next APS-C body what would a zoom lever, as is the case with the Sony ZV-E10, for example. In short, an APS-C video box cut for vlogging or video.
The other expected targets
5 other destinations already included in the previous roadmap are still pending and could be announced shortly. That is a 85mm S linea 600mm S linea 26mm compacta 24mm DX compact and a Telephoto zoom 200-600mm.
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