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Nikon Z 24mm F1.8 S Announcement: 4 Aspherical Elements, $1000

There’s a lot to like in Nikon’s newest wide-angle mirrorless lens.

Nikon Z7 with 20mm f1.8 S lens

Nikon just announced its seventh lens for the Nikon Z mirrorless cameras, the Z 24mm f/1.8 S. Although we already knew this lens would arrive in 2019 thanks to Nikon’s roadmap, today’s announcement sheds much more light on its features. The 24mm f/1.8 ships in October for an MSRP of $1000.

The first point a lot of photographers will notice is the Z 24mm f/1.8 S’s price. At $1000, this isn’t a cheap lens – in fact, it’s the most expensive prime in Nikon’s Z lineup to date (though the 58mm f/0.95 will soon own that title). By comparison, the F-mount 24mm f/1.8 AF-S retails for $750, though a current promotion has brought its price down to just $677. Does the new lens live up to its cost? We’ll find out soon when we test it later this year.

Other than that, here are the specifications for the 24mm f/1.8 S:

  • Focal Length: 24mm
  • Maximum Aperture: f/1.8
  • Minimum Aperture: f/16
  • Aperture Blades: 9 rounded
  • Lens Construction: 12 elements, 10 groups
  • Aspherical Elements: Four
  • UD Glass Elements: One
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 0.25 meter (0.82 feet)
  • Maximum Magnification: 0.15×
  • Focusing Motor: STM (stepping motor)
  • Internal Focusing: Yes
  • Filter Thread: 72mm
  • Weather Sealing: Yes
  • Size (Diameter × Length): 78 × 97 mm (3.1 × 3.8 inches)
  • Weight: 450 g (0.99 lb)
Nikon Z 24mm f1.8 S

A few points stand out to me in this list of specifications.

To start, this is the fourth Nikon Z lens so far to cover the 24mm focal length. This is personally one of my favorite focal lengths for landscape photography, but it does strike me as an odd balance when there currently is not a single Z-mount lens that goes beyond 85mm. However, we should see the 70-200mm f/2.8 S later in 2019, and rumors suggest that one of Nikon’s TBA lenses for late 2020 is going to be a 70-200mm f/4 S.

Beyond that, you might notice the 24mm f/1.8 S’s weight and wonder how it compares to the F-mount version. The Z lens is heavier, but not drastically so – 450 grams versus 355 grams (0.99 vs 0.78 pounds). Especially in combination with the lightweight Z camera bodies, this lens will be a very good walk-around kit for travel and landscape photographers looking to lighten their pack. However, note that the kit 24-70mm f/4 S is not that much heavier at 500 grams (1.1 pounds).

Lastly, I want to point out that the Nikon Z 24mm f/1.8 S has a whopping four aspherical elements. That’s a lot for a prime lens – more than any other Nikon Z prime so far, and tied with all three zooms. By comparison, the F-mount 24mm f/1.8G has two aspherical elements. Although it doesn’t automatically mean this lens’s image quality will be good, it certainly suggests a high degree of optical correction. Given the very impressive performance of Nikon’s Z lens lineup so far, I am very optimistic about the quality we will see when the 24mm f/1.8 S arrives to market.

Here is the 24mm f/1.8 S’s lens construction diagram and MTF chart:

Nikon-Z-24mm-f1.8-S-lens-design-chart
Blue = aspherical elements; yellow = ED glass elements
Nikon-Z-24mm-f1.8-S-MTF-chart

Nikon has released a number of sample images for this lens, which I’ve included below:

Nikon Z 24mm f/1.8 S Sample Photos

Nikon Z 24 1.8 S Sample Image 1
This nighttime photo shows the 24mm f/1.8 S’s seemingly very good starburst/sunstar performance, despite the nine-blade rounded aperture. No f-stop was given here.
Nikon Z 24 1.8 S Sample Image 2
Surprisingly nice bokeh for a 24mm lens with four aspherical elements.
Nikon Z 24 1.8 S Sample Image 3
NIKON Z 7 + NIKKOR Z 24mm f/1.8 S @ 24mm, ISO 100, 1/2000, f/1.8
One wonders why the photographer for this shot used ISO 100 rather than the Z7’s base ISO 64, given plenty of shutter speed room to spare.
Nikon Z 24 1.8 S Sample Image 4
NIKON Z 7 + NIKKOR Z 24mm f/1.8 S @ 24mm, ISO 100, 1/640, f/1.8
Same question!
Nikon Z 24 1.8 S Sample Image 5
NIKON Z 7 + NIKKOR Z 24mm f/1.8 S @ 24mm, ISO 100, 0.8 seconds, f/1.8
Given the f/1.8 aperture, I’m guessing this shot was handheld (or leaning against a rail of some kind) – a testament to Nikon’s IBIS, which we’ve tested at Photography Life with sharp results (though not perfect) at 1 second shutter speed, given proper technique.
Nikon Z 24 1.8 S Sample Image 6
Nikon is clearly pushing a wide-angle portraiture angle with the 24mm f/1.8 S. No doubt it would be a good lens for documentary work, travel photography, and similar.
Nikon Z 24 1.8 S Sample Image 7
A third low-light photo shows one of the 24mm f/1.8 S’s big strengths – that f/1.8 aperture. In combination with the 5-axis IBIS on the Z cameras, this looks to be a pretty killer combo in dark environments.

First Impressions Promotional Video

Press Release

Nikon Expands Its High-Performance S-Line With The New NIKKOR Z 24mm F/1.8 S – A Fast, Wide-Angle Prime Lens

The Versatile NIKKOR Z 24mm f/1.8 S Delivers Superior Optical Performance, Equipping Nikon Z Series Creators with an Incredibly Sharp, High-Resolution Lens to Explore Wide-Angle Perspectives

MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the fast, wide- angle NIKKOR Z 24mm f/1.8 S, the latest addition to the ever-expanding NIKKOR Z lineup of lenses. The 24mm f/1.8 S is optimized for capturing everything from cityscapes to environmental portraits and is built to take advantage of Nikon’s large Z-mount, delivering the ultimate combination of fast, bright and sharp performance in nearly all lighting conditions.“The NIKKOR Z 24mm f/1.8 S continues our commitment to offering exciting prime lenses to Nikon Z 7 and Z 6 users, while also providing exceptional level of quality achieved by the S-Line of NIKKOR Z lenses,” said Jay Vannatter, Executive Vice President, Nikon Inc. “The combination of wide-angle perspective and a fast f/1.8 aperture is optimal for all types of photography including landscapes, making the NIKKOR Z 24mm f/1.8 S a must-have lens to unleash the full potential of the Nikon Z series.”

The NIKKOR Z 24mm f/1.8 S – A Storyteller’s Dream Lens:

The NIKKOR Z 24mm f/1.8 S joins the S-Line of high-performance NIKKOR Z lenses, giving creators an essential focal length to add to their kit of fast prime Z-mount lenses. The lens takes advantage of the most advanced NIKKOR technologies to deliver optical superiority, exceptional sharpness, beautiful bokeh and high-resolution across the entire frame, even at maximum aperture.

The new NIKKOR Z 24mm f/1.8 S was designed for photographers and videographers looking to capture gorgeous wide-angle landscapes or vivid street photography, a travel adventure or a stunning starscape. For videographers and content creators, this popular focal length is a staple for production due to its natural perspective. Thanks to the advantages of the lens’ bright and fast f/1.8 maximum aperture along with the wider Z-mount, Nikon Z series users can capture exceptionally sharp images in dimly lit settings, with a lens that’s ideal for nighttime shooting and astrophotography.

The NIKKOR Z 24mm f/1.8 S features 9 rounded aperture blades, allowing users to capture beautifully circular bokeh that adds a level of dimensionality to help capture compelling content. Users can confidently explore their creative potential in nearly any landscape thanks to the lens’ reliable dust and drip resistant design, ideal for tough weather conditions. The lens construction also consists of four Aspherical Lens Elements and one Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass element to combat aberration, while Nikon’s patented Nano Crystal Coat helps eliminate ghosting and flare. The 24mm f/1.8 S is further equipped with Nikon’s Multi-Focusing System, which uses two AF drives in tandem to deliver superior resolving power and achieve fast and accurate autofocus, even at minimum focus distance.

In addition to achieving the top-notch image quality that storytellers and content creators have come to expect from the S-Line of NIKKOR Z lenses, the NIKKOR Z 24mm f/1.8 S is also optimized for video capture. As a popular cinematic focal length, the 24mm f/1.8 S will be a welcome addition to Z series shooters’ arsenals, boasting near-silent stepping motors for ultra-quiet performance, reduced focus breathing, a customizable control ring for smooth control of aperture and exposure compensation and the ability to take advantage of the in-camera 5-axis VR + eVR of the Nikon Z series cameras.

Price and Availability

The NIKKOR Z 24mm f/1.8 S will be available in mid to late October 2019 at a suggested retail price (SRP) of $999.95. For more information on the latest Nikon products, including the new NIKKOR Z 24mm f/1.8 S and the full Nikon Z mount system, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

About Nikon

Nikon Inc. is a world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo and video capture technologies; globally recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance for an award-winning array of equipment that enable visual storytelling and content creation. Nikon Inc. distributes consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, NIKKOR optics, Speedlights and system accessories, Nikon COOLPIX® compact digital cameras and Nikon software products, as well as the revolutionary Nikon Z series of mirrorless cameras and NIKKOR Z lenses, which achieve a new dimension in optical performance. In 2018, Nikon Corporation, the parent company of Nikon Inc., announced the production of 110 million NIKKOR lenses, creating a new milestone in Nikon’s heritage of superior optics. For more information, dial (800) NIKON-US or visit www.nikonusa.com, which links all levels of photographers and visual storytellers to the Web’s most comprehensive learning and sharing communities. Connect with Nikon on FacebookTwitterYouTubeInstagramVimeo and Flickr.

*SRP (Suggested Retail Price) listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time.

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