here are the next lenses that Nikon could announce in 2023

In parallel with the announcement of the objective 17-28mm f/2.8 Z mountNikon unveiled its 5th version of the roadmap for its Nikkor Z lenses. At the end of the day, we discover 3 new objectives which could be announced in the course of 2023, as well as an additional detail on a DX zoom. Here’s how Nikon plans to further develop its Z mount.

35 mm S-Line: a new ultra bright fixed focal length

After the Z 35mm f/1.8 S, Nikon plans to announce a new 35mm for full-frame mirrorless cameras in the S-Line. Given the presentation in the roadmap, we can say that it will not be a 35mm f/2.8, but rather a brighter focal length, f/1.4 or even f/1.2which could come alongside the Z 50 mm f / 1.2 unveiled in September 2020.

This very bright portrait lens, which wanted to “push the boundaries of bokeh” was a way for Nikon to show its optical know-howwithout sacrificing ergonomics.

No doubt that a Z 35mm f/1.2S could delight lovers of bokeh bubbles and well-detached subjects, as well as night owls.

135mm, reviving a portrait focal length with the S-Line

Nikon and the 135mm focal length is a love story that goes back a bit. We thus think of DC-Nikkor 135mm f/2Dlaunched in 1995. It is a bright telephoto lens with a defocus control to vary the blur behind or in front of the subject.

DC-Nikkor 135mm f/2D

Nikon also had more classic optics, such as the Nikkor AI 135mm f/2.8. However, for full-frame F-mount cameras, the manufacturer has never offered 135mm lenses. This lens, whose technical specifications are still unknown, could thus allow Nikon to return with a fixed focal length optics for native Z-mount portraiture.

70-180 mm, a familiar focal range… at Tamron

Finally, the last objective unveiled thanks to this new roadmap is none other than a 70-180mm (not S-Line). Suffice to say that this lens makes us think directly of Tamron. After the Z 28-75mm f/2.8 and Z 17-28mm f/2.8, a 70-180mm makes sense to complete the trio and offer a 28-180mm f/2.8 aperture with more affordable and compact optics than the S-Line.

Here again, Nikon could hypothetically rely on a partnership with Tamron – partnership which exists for the moment only in our spirit, neither Nikon nor Tamron having confirmed this. However, Tamron offers the Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD, a lightweight, compact and affordable Sony E-mount telephoto zoom.

From there to think that this 70-180 mm resumes its technical characteristics, for example an optical construction of 19 elements divided into 14 groupsa weight of 815g for a length of 149mm and a minimum MAP of only 27cm to 70mm in manual focus, there is only one step. We’ll see what the next announcements have in store for us.

The 12-28mm (DX) will have a motorized zoom – and why not an APS-C body cut out for video?

Finally, small easter eggs : Nikon has added PZ designation alongside the 12-28mm wide-angle lens DX already present in the roadmap. For insiders, this means Power-Zoom, or motorized zoom. Here again, these two letters may suggest a rather video orientation for this lens. If this is confirmed, it will be the Nikon’s first motorized zoom lenseven if Sony already offers its 10-20mm f/4 version in E-mount.

But she could give us more information about a Nikon’s next APS-C body which would have a zoom lever, as is the case with the Sony ZV-E10 for example. In short, an APS-C video box cut for vlogging or video.

The other expected objectives

Already present in the previous roadmap, 5 other objectives are still awaited and could be unveiled shortly. This is a 85mm S-Linea 600mm S-Linea 26mm compacta 24mm DX compact and a telephoto zoom 200-600 mm.

The article is in French

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