Nikon will announce three new Z lenses this month along with the Z5 mirrorless camera

Jul 2, 2020

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Nikon will announce three new Z lenses this month along with the Z5 mirrorless camera

Jul 2, 2020

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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July is turning out to be a potentially exciting month in the full-frame mirrorless world. Sony is finally expected to announce the A7S III, Canon will be announcing both the EOS R5 and EOS R6 bodies, and Nikon seems set to announce a new Z5 mirrorless camera.

But that’s not all. Sony is also getting ready to announce the 14-24mm f/2.8 GM, Canon is expected to announce a bunch of new glass for their RF system and now Nikon Rumors reports that three new Z Mount lenses are to be announced alongside the Z5 at some point this month, possibly on or around July 21st.

  • Nikkor Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3 – Most probably the new “kit lens” as part of the Z5 package
  • Nikkor Z 50mm f/1.2 S – Possibly with the NOCT moniker, but you know, an autofocus one
  • Nikkor Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S – Completing Nikon’s Z mount “Holy Trinity” lineup

Other than that, there isn’t really any other information to go on. Even the July 21st announcement date isn’t solid yet. Hopefully, though, as we get closer to the date we’ll start seeing one of those teasers Nikon usually puts out when it’s getting ready to announce something it considers to be a big deal.

And despite being their new entry-level model, the Z5 should really be treated as a big deal. It’s essentially the start of Nikon’s second generation of full-frame mirrorless camera, having released the Z6 and Z7 in 2018. They’ve had a lot of opportunity to learn in those past two years, no doubt received a lot of feedback from users. From looking at the rumoured specs, it looks like Nikon might have at least listened to some of the feedback.

  • The Z5 will have the same EVF as the Z6
  • No top panel LCD
  • Dual SD UHS-II memory card slots
  • 24MP full-frame sensor (not sure BSI or not)
  • IBIS
  • Magnesium alloy camera body
  • 1m dots LCD screen resolution
  • New battery: Nikon EN-EL15c
  • USB-C camera powering, not just charging
  • Same AF system as in the Z6
  • 1.7x video crop in 4k, no SloMo option
  • 6fps burst

Even though it’s entry-level, it kind of sets the bar in certain aspects on what features we might be able to expect as a bare minimum from future higher-end models as they are announced, too. Things like dual card slots and powering your camera directly from Type-C USB externally, for example.

Now we just have to hope they give it a flippy out LCD. They won’t because they’re Nikon, but we can still hope until they officially announce it.

[via Nikon Rumors]

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2 responses to “Nikon will announce three new Z lenses this month along with the Z5 mirrorless camera”

  1. Jolyon Ralph Avatar
    Jolyon Ralph

    Methinks Canon are going to get all the excitement this time round. Nikon really need to up their game if they want to catch up.

  2. Greg Lawson Avatar
    Greg Lawson

    Be interested to see the price point on the f1.2 at last