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Nikon unveils Z 50mm f1.2, 14-24mm f2.8

Nikon will add some welcome new glass to the Z full-frame mirrorless lens lineup towards the end of the year. The Nikkor Z 50mm f1.2 S high-performance prime lens will be available in December, and the Nikkor Z 12-24mm f2.8 S ultra wide-angle zoom lens will ship in October.

No local pricing is provided, however the global RRP for the 50mm is US$2100, and the 12-24mm is US$2400.

Nikkor Z 50mm f1.2 S
This fast prime lens is an ideal fit for professional portraiture, whether that be fashion, weddings and family, or pet photos.
Nikon says the lens achieves ‘minimal colour fringing around the edge of the frame, precise point-image reproduction, effective control of sagittal coma flare, and excellent resolution as light bends naturally through the lens’.

The lens achieves a ‘new level of true symmetry’, thanks to the position of the symmetrical lens groups both in front of, and behind, the aperture. Ghosting and flaring is also minimised thanks to Nikon’s Nano Crystal and ARNEO Coat.

The lens includes a multi-focusing system that incorporates two stepping motors, which work together to control the position of multiple focus lens groups to provide fast, accurate, and quiet AF. It weighs a hefty 1090 grams.

Other features include:
– Control ring to switch between stills and video;
– Lens information panel;
– customisable operation feature with lens function (L-Fn) button;
– Aperture control (AE) for continuous shooting;
– Dust and drip resistant, with rubber sealing.

Nikkor Z 14-24mm f2.8 S
This is apparently the world’s shortest and lightest ultra wide-angle 14-24mm f2.8 lens, weighing just 650 grams – almost 35 percent lighter than the FX predecessor. This is partly due to the short flange distance of the Z mount.

The optical design features four ED elements, along with the aforementioned coatings that minimise ghosting and flaring.

The lens has a nine blade aperture, and a stepping motor ensures quiet operation. The rest of the press release covers minor details, including features such as:
– Lens information panel;
– Support for screw-on filters and rear gel filters;
– Aperture Control (AE);
– Dust and drip resistant, with fluorine coating on front lens element.

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