Nikon’s 2020/21 Z lens lineup roadmap has been leaked

Sep 6, 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.

Nikon’s 2020/21 Z lens lineup roadmap has been leaked

Sep 6, 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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A new Nikon roadmap for 2020/21 appears to have leaked, according to Nikon Rumors. They have no idea if it’s legitimate, but the lenses are, as they say, plausible. With, perhaps the exception of one, which seems something of an odd decision to me. Overall, though, it’s a very healthy looking list that would round out the lineup quite nicely.

2020 Lenses

  • Nikkor Z 135mm f/1.8 S
  • Nikkor Z 85mm f/1.2 S
  • Nikkor Z 28-70mm f/2.8-3.5 S
  • Nikkor Z 24-120 f/4 S

2021 Lenses

  • Nikkor Z 105mm f/1.8 S
  • Nikkor Z 28mm f/1.8 S
  • Nikkor Z 65mm f/1.8 S
  • Nikkor Z 35mm f/1.2 S
  • Nikkor Z 28-280mm f/2.8-5.6 S
  • Nikkor Z 100-300mm f/4 S

It almost tallies up with the previous official roadmap, although a leans appears to be missing from the 2021 list. Previously there were seven “TBA” items listed in the official Nikon roadmap, but only six lenses are listed in the new “leaked” roadmap.

The previously announced official roadmap from January 2019

The only thing that looks odd to me on the newly leaked roadmap, and makes me question its authenticity is the 105mm f/1.8S lens. It seems like an odd choice to me, given that for F mount, the two main 105mm lenses are either the f/2.8 for macro or f/1.4 for portraits.

Given the obvious wide aperture advantages of the Z mount, surely a 105mm f/1.4 lens would make a lot more sense than an f/1.8 given what’s already out there? Sure, they could bring out an f/1.4 option as well at some point, but that doesn’t make sense to me, either. No doubt the f/1.8 will already be priced so highly that it’ll be cutting into f/1.4 purchases as a portrait lens, and I can’t see an f/1.8 version being a macro lens, personally.

But, this is Nikon. They’re the kings of odd decisions. So, perhaps they aren’t continuing the Nikon 105mm f/1.4 into Z mount territory and the list is legit. All we can do is wait for an official update from Nikon themselves.

[via Nikon Rumors]

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3 responses to “Nikon’s 2020/21 Z lens lineup roadmap has been leaked”

  1. Kriztoper Avatar
    Kriztoper

    That’s the first, 65mm f1.8. They never made one before.

  2. Tony Hedges Avatar
    Tony Hedges

    From what I have seen in YouTube videos, Z mount f/1.8 aperture lenses appear to be sharper than their F mount equivalents. In fact they seem to be sharper than F mount 1.4’s.
    I am surprised that you think the 105mm lens was the odd one, because as an earlier poster points out, Nikon have never made a 65mm lens and I am struggling with it, what’s it for? Only thing I can suggest is that maybe it’s a macro?
    The point is you seem to have completely missed the point and focused in on the wrong lens.

  3. Paladin Avatar
    Paladin

    I’m struggling with the priorities here. While I would love to get my hands on a 50mm f/1.2 to play with I would not buy it for general use if expensive because I can generate similar images using other combinations. The 14-24mm f/2.8 should be first on the list for 2020 along with the 20mm f/1.8 as they will be most used by professionals and v-bloggers. The 85 f/1.2 and 135 f/1.8 are also enticing offerings in 2020 for portraiture but would have to heads and tales above what is already out there so I can’t see those offerings flying off the shelves initially like the 14-24mm pro lens. I would much prefer the 105 f/1.8 over the 85 /f 1.2, believe it our not, for portraits. F/1.2 will be an artsy type lense, heavy, expensive but will have its audience, albeit small.

    For me it’s a matter of prioritizing the general practitioner over art early on in the year but then I’m sure the other side see it in the reverse.