The Nikon Z Lens Roadmap Shows They’ve Got the Pro Market in Mind

Here’s the Nikon Z Lens Roadmap; the most popular lenses will be coming first.

We’re pretty confident that this image of the new Nikon Z Lens Roadmap is going to solve a lot of questions and crush any upcoming rumors. With a new camera system coming out, one of the biggest concerns that folks may have about the new Nikon Z system is lenses. Thankfully Nikon is spilling the bean here and we know what’s coming in the next few years, providing they stick to their word.

So what do we have here:

  • The 35mm f1.8, 50mm f1.8, and 24-70mm f4 this year
  • 58mm f0.95 Noct coming next year
  • 20mm f1.8 next year
  • 85mm f1.8 next year
  • 24-70mm f2.8 next year
  • 70-200mm f2.8 next year
  • 14-30mm f4 next year
  • In two years we’re getting more primes and zooms
  • In two years there will also probably be more new cameras developed

It appears Nikon is not wasting any time at all. Rightfully so, they shouldn’t be. It took them many years to even get this started and in the meantime other manufacturers have been far ahead of them. Sony is ahead in the mirrorless full frame world, Fujifilm has the GFX system and their X series system, and Micro Four Thirds has been ahead of the rest from the start.

So what’s next? Nikon will need to start working with third party manufacturers. Sigma, Tamron, Tokina, Rokinon, Zeiss, Voigtlander, and others will need to provide lenses to fully round out the system. Nikon absolutely cannot just rely on their own capabilities or else they’re going to get swallowed alive. All of these other manufacturers have already proven via DXOMark that they’re capable of making sharper and better lenses. That’s not at all a knock against Nikon’s glass; it’s more of a continued “wake up” call.