Nikon is making its Z series cameras more powerful. At CES 2019, Nikon announced a new powerful Ultra-wide 14-30mm, f/4 wide-angle lenses for its Z6 and Z7 cameras. The 14-30mm f/4 S joins the 24-70mm f/4, 35mm f/1.8 S, and 50mm f/1.8 S, which were announced last year alongside the Z6 and Z7.
This new lens is made to give Ultra-wide shots to photographers with a combination of great performance and portability. Photographers and filmmakers can use this lens for travel, architecture, landscape, and, event photography.
Jay Vannatter (Executive Vice President, Nikon Inc) said about an Ultra-wide lens while announcing that the Nikkor Z 14-30mm lens demonstrates the optical superiority of the Z system, taking advantage of the newest high-performance lens technologies while maximizing compactness and portability.
The new Ultra-wide 14-30mm f/4 lens is just 89mm (3.5-inches) when retracted. The weight of the lens is 485g (1.07Ibs). This makes it roughly 28% lighter and 32% shorter than Nikon’s own AF-S 16-35mm f/4G ED VR wide-angle zoom lens designed for its DSLR range. There are four Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) elements and four aspherical elements that offer unparalleled control of distortion and chromatic aberration.
This powerful Ultra-wide 14-30mm f/4 lens uses Nikon’s anti-reflective Nano Crystal Coat. This coating effectively reduces ghosting and flare. Hence it delivers clearer images that maintain good contrast in challenging lighting situations. The lens features an 82mm filter thread. Therefore you can attach a range of filters on your lens. The new Ultra-wide 14-30mm f/4 lens also uses Nikon’s latest Stepping Motor (STM) technology for smooth, fast and quiet AF performance.
Similar to Nikon’s Z lenses, the ultra-wide 14-30mm f/4 includes a customizable control ring. This ring can be assigned to exposure compensation, manual focusing, or aperture controlling depending on personal preference or the shooting situation, maintaining different custom settings when in photo and video mode.
Nikon’s powerful Ultra-wide 14-30mm f/4 lens is dust and ‘drip’-resistant and features a fluorine coating on the front element that effectively repels dust, water droplets, grease, and dirt.
This lens will be available in March/May month. It will cost around $1,300.