Nikon Developing a Pair of Fast Z-Mount Prime Lenses

Nikon has announced the development of a pair of Z-mount prime lenses, and they couldn’t be more different from themselves. But one thing they do have in common is that they’re fairly quick.

“Nikon engineers have been busy – the extensive NIKKOR Z lineup is getting bigger! Introducing the development of two new NIKKOR Z mirrorless prime lenses.” – NikonUSA on Instagram


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The lenses include the Nikkor 26mm F/2.8 Z-mount pancake lens and the Nikkor 85mm F/1.2 S Z-mount lens.

The development of both lenses was announced on the company’s Instagram page, and the company says that they will be a “must-have” for any Nikon Z series owner to capture portraits or simply for everyday situations.

Image Credit – Nikon USA

The Nikkor 26mm F/2.8 pancake is described as being very slim and light, though the company does stop short of using the term “pancake,” preferring to stay “compact prime.”

Nikon does say, however, that the wide-angle lens is powerful enough for everyday use. Outside of that, Nikon does not include any specific details.

The Nikkor Z 85mm F1.2 S is considered a fast-mid-telephoto prime lens, which Nikon states that shooters will want for weddings, events, and even fashion photography.

“Everything you capture with this lens will look elegant and glamorous,” the Instagram post boasts.

Image Credit – Nikon USA

Like the 26mm pancake, there are no other specifics for the 85mm prime listed, but the lens is mentioned in Nikon’s fall roadmap announcement from last September of 2022.

Looking at the image above, however, users can divine that the 85mm has a magnification factor of 1:1.2 and an 82mm filter thread.

That September Roadmap announcement also included mention of 135mm and 35mm prime lenses, as well as the 600mm lens which was released to the market in November.

And while the 26mm F/2.8 wasn’t specifically mentioned in the roadmap, there was a promise of two new “compact primes”, which we now know includes the 26mm pancake.

The other one isn’t specifically mentioned, but the speculation is that Nikon will release a slightly wider 24mm prime later.

And, according to PetaPixel, Nikon is also working on a trio of zoom lenses, including a 70-180mm lens, a 200-600mm lens, and a 12-28mm power zoom.

Though only mentioned as “coming soon,” all these lenses are expected to hit the market throughout the year in 2023.

[source: Nikon]

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