Lens Review: Nikon NIKKOR Z 14-30mm F4 S (Nikon Z Mount)

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If you are in the market for an ultra-wide angle for your Nikon Z6 or Z7, the 14-30mm f4 S may well be at the top of your wish list.

The Nikon NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f4 S is an ultra-wide angle zoom designed for Nikon’s mirrorless Z mount cameras. It is both lightweight and compact and, at press time, the 14-30mm f4 is the widest autofocus Nikon Z mount lens available on the market. The Nikon Z 14-30mm f4 S is a welcome addition to the nascent Z mount lens lineup, which is about to celebrate its first birthday. One of the lens’ biggest selling points is its ability to accommodate threaded filters up front. This feature is extremely rare to find on an ultra-wide lens which typically includes bulbous front elements and thus requires the use of specialty filter mounting brackets. We got to spend some time with the 14-30mm earlier this year in Las Vegas during WPPI and were eager to get our review unit so we could put it through its paces and thoroughly test it in the wild. Head on after the jump to see if the Nikon NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f4 S is the right lens for you.

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Canon’s Going Super Wide Angle with the 11-24mm f4 L USM

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Canon’s got a bevy of new products in the pipeline, and one of them is the lens you see here. The 11-24mm f4 L USM joins a family of f4 L glass, and it’ll be the lens of choice for many architectural and event photographers. While this lens will work with any EOS camera, it’s been designed to work best on full-frame cameras, particularly Canon’s new behemoths: the 5DS and 5DS R.

The 11-24mm f4 has a minimum focusing distance of 11 inches, and it sports 16 elements in 11 groups, four of which are aspherical to help reduce distortion throughout the zoom range. It also has a Super-UD (Ultra-low dispersion) element and an UD element to knock out chromatic aberration.

The lens also comes with a 9-blade aperture, and while it’s hard to get any bokeh worth writing home about with a lens this wide, we’re sure that you’ll get something good if you can get close enough. The 11-24mm also comes with improved autofocus, which’ll be a boon for anyone photographing events, concerts and the like.

This lens will arrive later this month for $2,999.00.