Nikon today gave the release details about the NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2.
I think that if it stands up to the performance claims, this is a very sensible if, for many, on face value an unexciting addition to the ‘Z’ system.
I have long ago, as mentioned previously, thought a 40mm focal length and angle of view, suited how I see, and the work I do, when a ‘conventional’ view is needed with full frame cameras.
There are of course devotees of 50mm and 35mm focal lengths who prefer those across various camera systems. The good news is that all provide a good all round performance today, no matter the brand, simply as they have been refined over so many generations through the decades.
And if you shoot with a Z system DX format option, the angle of view becomes that of a 60mm focal length on full frame. So again a useful if slightly longer conventional option.
But this Nikkor Z designed around mirrorless concepts should provide good performance and very good value. Time of course will tell.
Here are the press release details.
Nikon releases the NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2 – a compact and lightweight prime lens for the Nikon Z mount system
Sales Start: 30th September 2021
NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2 – £249.00 UK | €289.00 ROI
London, United Kingdom, 14th September 2021: Today, Nikon is pleased to announce the release of the NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2, a compact and lightweight prime lens compatible with full-frame (Nikon FX-format) mirrorless cameras for which the Nikon Z mount has been adopted. The beautifully lyrical NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2 is an everyday superhero: sharp, fast, and small enough to wield discreetly, it’s great for everything from vlogs to vibrant snapshots.
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This bright, standard prime lens offers a natural angle of view that is ideal for candid portraits, interviews, and how-to videos. Without a big lens in their face, subjects will feel more comfortable, and the lens is so small and light that it’s ideal for filming engaging first-person perspectives too.
The wide Z mount combines with the lens’ wide f/2 maximum aperture to deliver great low-light performance, ideal for capturing the mood of dimly lit situations. The rounded 9-blade aperture enables soft, natural-looking bokeh: photographers and movie shooters can capture images with softly blurred, super-creamy backgrounds that really make their subject stand out.
Rob Harmon, Senior Commercial Lead, Nikon Northern Europe, says: “We are thrilled to welcome this versatile prime lens into the ever-growing Nikon Z system. This lens is a great value-for-money entry point into the world of Nikon Z. It’s so compact and lightweight that it’s ideal as a main walk-around lens or a lightweight second lens.”
Summary of key features: NIKKORZ40mmf/2
Bright f/2 standard prime lens: 40 mm angle of view on Z series full-frame cameras. 60 mm angle of view on a Z series DX-format camera.
True to life: the lens renders stills and movies with beautiful detail, depth, and colour.
Artful bokeh: putting subjects in sharp focus against beautiful, softly blurred backgrounds has never been easier.
Great up close: minimum focus distance of just 0.29 m. Sharpness is superb, even up close.
Fast, silent autofocus: powered by an ultra-quiet stepping motor and enhanced by the additional light gathered by the Z mount, focusing is fast, accurate—and silent.
Made for video: videos won’t be ruined by focusing sounds. Focus breathing is dramatically reduced so you can adjust focus without affecting the shot’s angle of view.
Pocketable: small enough to keep on the camera or slip into a coat pocket.
Adaptable: the silent control ring can be set to control focus, aperture, exposure compensation, or ISO.
Protected: sealed to protect from dust and water droplets.1