One of the biggest problems with wide angle zooms is that they often don’t let a photographer attach a lens filter–but the Nikon Z 14-30mm f4 S is looking to change that. In fact, this is the biggest thing that stands out to us in the press release. The f4 constant aperture zoom lens starts out at 14mm and at that focal length you’ll be able to attach a standard UV, Neutral Density, Polarizing, etc. type of ring filter.
Of course, the Nikon Z 14-30mm f4 S is designed for landscape, adventure and travel photographers. So it’s got dust proofing and drip resistance built in–in fact, Nikon is pretty specific on the wording used and we’re eager to take it out into the rain to see how well it performs.
Having the “Z” moniker in the name, the Nikon Z 14-30mm f4 S is designed for the photographer who bought and didn’t return a Nikon Z6 or Z7 camera. The native Z mount lens is also touted to take full advantage of the Nikon z7’s 45.7MP (megapickle) sensor.
The Nikon Z 14-30mm f4 S has 14 elements arranged in 12 different groups. There is no VR built into the lens, but the Nikon Z system has sensor based stabilization. There are 4 ED glass elements, 4 Aspherical elements, it can focus as closely as 11 inches, and it has an 82mm front filter thread. That means you’re going to need a pretty massive filter for the Nikon Z 14-30mm f4 S.
Here are some more pertinent specs from the press release:
- Lightweight and Ultra-Portable: At just 3.5-inches long when retracted, and weighing only 485g/1.07lbs, the NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S is approximately 28.6% lighter and 32% shorter than the popular AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR, and approximately 51.5% lighter and 35% shorter than the tried-and-true AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED for the F mount.
- Uncompromising Optics: Featuring a new optical formula that utilizes four Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) elements and four aspherical elements, the 14-30mm f/4 offers unparalleled control of distortion and chromatic aberration. Additionally, the use of Nikon’s anti-reflective Nano Crystal Coat effectively reduces ghosting and flare, delivering clearer images that maintain contrast in challenging lighting situations.
- Filter Attachable: For the first time on a 14mm FX-format (full-frame) lens1, photographers will be able to attach various types of screw-on filters (82mm) to the front of this ultra-wide-angle lens, infinitely expanding the creative possibilities of the NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S for landscape and cityscape photographers, videographers and more.
- Stepping Motor Technology: Featuring the latest Nikon Stepping Motor (STM) technology, the new lens provides smooth, fast and quiet AF performance—ideal for photographers shooting in sensitive environments, as well as videographers who must avoid focus noise in productions.
- Control Ring: As with the rest of the S-Line of NIKKOR Z lenses, the 14-30mm f/4 includes a customizable control ring that can be assigned to manual focusing, exposure compensation or aperture control depending on personal preference or shooting situation, maintaining different custom settings when in photo and video mode.
- Fully Compatible with In-Camera 5-Axis VR: To help ensure the sharpest possible images and most stable video, the new NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S is fully compatible with the in-body 5-axis VR found in the Nikon Z 6 and Z 7, providing up to 5 stops2 of image stabilization without adding to the size or weight of the lens itself.
- Optimized Video Performance: In addition to the speedy and near-silent stepping motor technology and customizable control ring, the lens reduces focus breathing, preventing the angle of view from changing unintentionally when adjusting focus.
- Reliability: The NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f4 S is designed with consideration to dust and drip resistance, and features a fluorine coat that effectively repels dust, water droplets, grease and dirt.
The Nikon Z 14-30mm f4 S is going to hit the market in Spring 2019 for $1,299.95. To be honest, that isn’t too bad of a price point considering what you’re getting and if you don’t need a f2.8 lens, then you’re looking at a pretty good option for travel shooting.
Check out a few image samples provided by Nikon below.