Nikon has always been synonymous with efficiency when it comes to lenses, and one of the company’s newest additions to its lineup is no different. The Nikon Intros Nikkor Z 14-30mm is part of Nikon’s three-year lens roadmap and the first to come out of a range of six lenses this year.
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When Nikon Japan released a statement confirming that the Z 14-30mm will start shipping on April 19, 2019, photographers and photography enthusiasts scrambled to get first dibs on Nikon’s newest product. Here’s why:
It brings many firsts into the table
The Nikon Intros Nikon Z 14-30mm was designed to fit the Nikon mirrorless system. It is the first of its kind to use the 14mm full-frame lens with regular screw-in filters and the first collapsing ultrawide lens in the market making it small for its capabilities.
The Z 14-30mm is also lighter than expected. It’s as heavy as the 24-70mm f/4 S and is half the weight of the 14-24mm f/2.8. Nikon also says that this lens is the first ultrawide zoom for full frame bodies and it has a flat front element that can accommodate 82mm filters.
It is perfect for a wide variety of applications
Versatility is key when investing in a camera lens and the Nikon Z 14-30mm doesn’t disappoint. Whether you’re shooting indoors or outdoors, you can guarantee excellent quality photos because of its broad focal range and better reach.
Photographers also love the chance to zoom up to 300mm, which make this lens one of the top in the market for wideangle zooms. But the Nikon Z 14-30mm offers more with its 14mm wideangle, which allows for better coverage within a frame then the Nikkor AF-S 16-35mm.
It is made with precision technology
When you’re buying Nikon lenses, you know you’re buying quality. The Z 14-30mm is made with the same precision technology that made Nikon a popular choice for photographers around the world. The lens’ optical construction arranges 14 elements into 12 groups.
This includes for aspherical elements and four extra-low dispersion elements. Some of these elements also feature a Nano Crystal Coat, Nikon’s signature feature that helps eliminate internal reflections and reduce flare and ghosting. The lens’ front element also as seven diaphragm blades instead of the usual nine.
The Nikon Z 14-30mm also boasts of an internal focusing system and a quiet autofocus operation through a stepping monitor where a photographer can adjust exposure compensation or aperture on the fly.
And while the Z 14-30mm doesn’t have optical image stabilization, which is common in wideangle zooms, photographers can still achieve superb images through the in-camera vibration reduction feature built into the Z7/Z6 cameras.
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For its efficiency and useful features, the Nikon Z 14-30mm is definitely recommended for both professional photographers and enthusiasts.
It also has a good price point at $1,299, which is why it’s been getting good reception from consumers since Nikon started shipping the lenses last April 19, 2019. And with more lenses lined up for the next two years from Nikon, we can surely look forward to better photographs in the future.