The Phoblographer’s Definitive Guide To Nikon Z Mount Lenses

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Nikon’s Z mount cameras have been around for a little while now. Nikon, while a little slower than others have been steadily building up their Z mount library. We have been working hard to bring you real-world reviews of all Nikon Z mount lenses when they hit the streets. In the coming weeks, months, and years there will be an explosion of Nikon Z mount lenses, and we’ll review all of them too. This is why we have decided to make a guide for Z mount lenses. Here you’ll find all of our Nikon Z mount lens reviews in one place so that you can get the information you need in a hurry.

There’s not a significant number of Z mount lenses on the market currently, but we know this will change soon. As soon as we have our hands on new lenses, and as soon as we’ve completed our real-world reviews, we will add them to this guide immediately. If you’ve been looking for a one-stop-shop for your Nikon Z mount needs, you’ve found it right here. Check out the Nikon Z mount lenses we’ve reviewed below.

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Nikon 20mm f1.8 Z

In our review, we state:

I’ve been impressed by the sharpness of every Z series lens that I’ve shot with so far, and the 20mm is no exception. Even wide open, the center is perfectly sharp. The corners are a little soft at f1.8. But, the sharpness covers enough of the frame that you can place the subject nearly anywhere.

Buy Now: $1,050

Nikon 24mm F1.8 Z

Nikon Z Mount

In our review, we said:

The Nikon 24mm f1.8 Z is a great lens. Not only can it handle a lot of rain, but it’s got great image quality. We found it to be sharp with excellent colors and bokeh to boot. It’s also lightweight, so you’ll never want to take it off the camera.

Buy now: $996.95

Nikon NIKKOR Z 35mm F1.8 S

Nikon Z Mount

In our review, we said:

“Overall, we found the image quality of the lens to be damn good. It’s sharp, has creamy bokeh, and doesn’t really give you any sort of issues when it comes to the image quality. Couple this with the lens being very compact and you’ve got a great product.”

Buy now: $846.95

Nikon 40mm f2 Z

In our review, we state:

“Can you tell that the Nikon 40mm f2 Z isn’t an S series lens? Well, it’s kind of tough to do that. The S series lenses seem to have this extraordinary aesthetic beauty that I can’t really put my finger on. But so too does the Nikon 40mm f2 Z. With that said, the lens is still pretty clinically well developed.”

Buy Now: $299.99

Nikon 50mm F1.8 Z S

Nikon Z Mount

In our review, we said:

“We subjected the lens through a slew of inclement weather conditions in and around New York City. The lens never let us down. Even with gloves on, we were still able to operate the Customizable control ring as well as toggle the Autofocus/Manual Focus switch. All things considered, the Nikon NIKKOR Z 35mm f1.8 S is a workhorse lens that can handle quite a bit of abuse.”

Buy now: $596.95

Nikon 50mm f2.8 Z

In our review, we state:

The Nikon 50mm f2.8 Z lens is very sharp throughout most of the frame when shooting wide open. Only the corners fade away. The sharpness naturally extends to the full-frame when stopping down. It is also very sharp when utilizing its macro functionality.

Buy Now: $649.95

Nikon 50mm f1.2 Z

In our review, we state:

“The Z 50mm f1.2 S uses nine aperture blades to capture smooth, rounded bokeh. The lens quickly yet smoothly moves from incredibly sharp to softly blurred. The blur softens lines and edges and draws the eye to the subject.”

Buy Now: $2,296.95

Nikon Z 85mm F1.8

Nikon Z Mount

In our review, we said:

“They’re also built well and built small. They’re great for a variety of photographers. There isn’t a single bad thing to be said about the Nikon Z 85mm f1.8. It has exceptional image quality, build quality, it’s priced right, and it’s portable.”

Buy now: $796.95

Nikon 14-24mm f2.8 S

In our review, we state:

It’s one of the first Nikon Z lenses that has made me say wow. You’ll find that this lens is crazy sharp. It controls chromatic aberrations and flares very well. The colors the lens renders are natural, which will delight landscape photographers. You can even create some nice, and at times, incredibly interesting bokeh with the NIKKOR 14-24mm f2.8 S.

Buy Now: $2,396.95

Nikon NIKKOR Z 14-30mm F4 S

nikon z mount lenses 14-30mm

In our review, we said:

“The 14-30mm f4 S for Nikon Z cameras produces remarkable images with outstanding sharpness and little to no distracting aberrations. It’s constructed to withstand the elements while maintaining a diminutive footprint.”

Buy now: $1,296.95

NIKKOR Z 24-70mm F4 S

In our review, we said:

“The Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f4 S covers a popular zoom range and will do a fine job as a walk around lens thanks to its compact size.”

Buy now: $996.95

NIKKOR Z 24-70mm F2.8 S

In our review, we said:

“The Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-70 f2.8 S’s hefty price is further justified by the lens’ ability to produce vibrant yet color-accurate images. The consistent sharpness throughout its focal range, and its ability to minimize chromatic aberrations and distortions. For many photographers who have made the switch to Nikon’s mirrorless Z mount, their wait for a fast and reliable workhorse zoom lens is finally over.”

Buy now: $2,296.95

Nikon Z 24-200mm f4-6.3 VR

In our review, we state:

As an f4-6.3, the aperture isn’t crazy wide. As a result, most of the bokeh is created from the telephoto end or getting in close to the subject. Still, when you get those bokeh balls, they are soft and without onion ringing. Most appear circular, though sometimes a few spots would have a slight octagon look to them. At 200mm, backgrounds can be nicely blurred, giving the subject some good pop.

Buy Now: $896.95

Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VR Z

In our review, we state:

The lenses are the reason to consider the Z system, and the Nikon Z 70-200mm f2.8 VR S does not disappoint. Sharpness is only a touch removed from a Z mount prime, bokeh is spectacular, and colors are excellent.

Buy Now: $2,596.95

Brett Day

Brett Day is the Gear Editor at The Phoblographer and has been a photographer for as long as he can remember. Brett has his own photography business that focuses on corporate events and portraiture. In his spare time, Brett loves to practice landscape and wildlife photography. When he's not behind a camera, he's enjoying life with his wife and two kids, or he's playing video games, drinking coffee, and eating Cheetos.