Nikon is showing off a bunch of upcoming Z mount mirrorless lens prototypes at CP+ 2019

Mar 1, 2019

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Nikon is showing off a bunch of upcoming Z mount mirrorless lens prototypes at CP+ 2019

Mar 1, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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It looks like Nikon might actually be on track with their Nikon Z mirrorless lens roadmap, judging from these photos posted to Nikon Rumors. Nikon has a cabinet on their stand at CP+ 2019 housing an array of lens prototypes that sit on the roadmap to be released during 2019 and 2020.

The lenses include the recently announced Nikon 14-30mm f/4 S, as well as six new lenses (four primes and two zooms) from the roadmap that have previously not been mentioned much at all, really, outside of the roadmap itself.

  • Nikon 24/1.8 S (2019)
  • Nikon 85/1.8 S (2019)
  • Nikon 70-200/2.8 S (2019)
  • Nikon 20/1.8 S (2020)
  • Nikon 50/1.2 S (2020)
  • Nikon 14-24/2.8 S (2020)

While there are no close-up images of it, it looks like the lens on the very far left end in the photo above is the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 S announced just two weeks ago.

Nikon 14-30mm f/4 S, Nikon 24mm f/1.8 S, Nikon 85mm f/1.8S
Nikon 24mm f/1.8 S, Nikon 85mm f/1.8 S, Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 S and Nikon 20mm f/1.8 S
Nikon 20mm f/1.8 S, Nikon 50mm f/1.2 S, Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 S

So, it looks like Nikon might be well on track to have the lenses ready by their scheduled release dates this year and next year. That being said, they may simply be mockups and non-functioning prototypes. Until those things come out of the cabinet and people get to try them on their cameras, there’s no way to know for sure.

But at least now we at least have some indication as to how they’ll all stack up against each other when it comes to their relative sizes. Hopefully, Nikon will be able to keep things on track.

You can see some more images of the new lenses over on Nikon Rumors.

[via Nikon Rumors]

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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2 responses to “Nikon is showing off a bunch of upcoming Z mount mirrorless lens prototypes at CP+ 2019”

  1. ABeagleKnots Avatar
    ABeagleKnots

    That 70-200 appears heartbreakingly big compared to the little Canon 70-200. Why won’t Nikon make compact lenses?

    1. Reggie Avatar
      Reggie

      That really appears to be basically an S-ified version of their current 70-200 f/2.8 FL lens body. Might not be finalized. I’d love if they made it an 82MM filter thread, just to match 24-70 and 14-30 threads.