Last month, a rumor was going around that Sigma would expand its product lineup to include Nikon Z and Canon RF lenses. And now, it’s not a rumor anymore. Sigma’s CEO has confirmed that the company is considering adding the two new mounts to its offer.
Viltrox is reportedly due to announce a pretty affordable 85mm f/1.8 AF lens for Nikon Z today. However, the lens has already been in stock, retailing at $399 – half the price of the Nikon’s version.
A report on Nikon Rumors suggests that Sigma is looking to expand its mirrorless lens product line in 2021. And we’re not talking about adding new lenses to the lineup, but expanding the number of mounts types they offer. So far, Sigma’s mirrorless lenses have only been available in L mount for Panasonic, Leica and their own cameras and Sony E mount.
It appears that may be changing in 2021, though. A “good source” told them that Sigma is going to be making lenses for both Nikon Z and Canon RF mounts in 2021. There’s no word on exactly which lenses will come first, or how quickly they’ll start to fill up the range in other mounts, but if true, it opens up a lot more lens options for Nikon and Canon mirrorless shooters.
Megadap has announced a new MTZ-11 Leica M to Nikon Z adapter that adds autofocus capabilities to the manual focus Leica lenses when used on Nikon Z mirrorless bodies. They’re billing it as the “World’s first” such type of adapter, although that might only be half-right. Techart showed off their TZM-01 last week, although the Megadap adapter appears to be the first one to actually come to market and is already available to purchase.
Launched today, Megadap says the new adapter bypasses the focusing mechanism of the lens by incorporating it directly into the adapter. It communicates electronically with the Nikon Z cameras, allowing it to take full advantage of its phase-detection autofocus system.
It looks like we’re about to get two new Nikkor lenses for Nikon Z mirrorless cameras. According to the latest report, Nikon is about to announce Nikkor Z 50mm f/1.2 S and Nikkor Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S, and it’s rumored that they’re coming as soon as next week. So, let’s see what we know so far.
Pergear has been going a bit nuts lately on the low-budget lenses. It was only in March that they released their 35mm f/1.6 and 50mm f/1.8 lenses with the 7.5mm f/2.8 fisheye just last month. Now, they’ve sent one fo their existing focal lengths into overdrive and announced the new Pergear 35mm f/1.2 manual focus lens.
Designed for Micro Four Thirds and APS-C mirrorless cameras, it’s available in MFT, Nikon Z, Canon EF-M, Fuji X and Sony E mounts. The best bit? It’s only $109.
According to an interview on French website, Phototrend, Nikon plans to step up the speed when it comes to their Z mount lens roadmap. Nikon also talked about some of the needs and feedback they’ve received from users about the types of lenses they want.
Phototrend says that they had planned to put these questions to Nikon face to face during their visit to Japan in February. Due to COVID-19, however, this could not take place. Now they’ve received answers from Nikon’s marketing department.
Other than the D6, Nikon also has something to make Z shooters happy today: the company has just announced NIKKOR Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR and NIKKOR Z 20mm f/1.8 S. We’ve been expecting them since January and October last year. The 20mm f/1.8 was even shown off at last year’s CP+. But now they’re both out and ready for you to start shooting with them. So, let’s dive in and see what you can expect.
Seeing lenses taken apart and dismantled for the first time, or anything mechanically or electronically complex just fascinates me. I don’t know what it is about it, because it’s unlikely I’ll ever need to take one apart myself, and it serves no real educational or practical benefit. But I just find it interesting to see what makes this stuff tick.
One I’ve been particularly seeing inside is the new Nikon Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S lens, and as usual, Lens Rentals has not let us down. They’ve just posted a teardown of the Nikon Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S lens to their blog, and it shows that Nikon really seems to have stepped up their game when it comes to design and engineering.