Hands on WIth Nikon’s 105mm and 50mm Macro Lenses Expending the Nikon Z line of lenses

A few days ago Nikon made an important announcement revealing two new full-frame Macro lenses and two upcoming compact prime lenses that will be released later this year.

Nikon continues to fill important lens slots inside its Z mount line (both it and Canon now have about 20 lenses compared to 44 full-frame lenses in the Sony line) and has recently released the new NIKKOR Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S and NIKKOR Z MC 50mm f/2.8 lenses which are the first Z dedicated macro lenses.

Nikon NIKKOR Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S info and specs

The NIKKOR Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S belongs to Nikon’s advanced/pro S line and it descends from the classic Nikon 105mm F-mount macro announced back in 2006.

The lens has a small screen that can show information like aperture, focus distance, and magnification, two programable buttons as well as an AF/MF switch, and a 3 mode focus limiter.

The lens has an optical stabilizer (up to 4.5 stops), water, and dust-resistant structure a focus ring, and a programable extra ring (which can control the aperture, ISO, or exposure compensation).

The lens has 16 elements in 11 groups including 3 ED elements and a single aspherical element with Fluorine and ARNEO coatings for better flare handling (and some other benefits). It has 9 aperture blades, a minimum focus distance of 29cm, and a magnification ratio of 1:1. It weighs in at 630 grams / 22.2oz and has a filter thread of 62mm.

The NIKKOR Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S – note the top screen

Nikon NIKKOR Z MC 50mm f/2.8 info and specs

The second lens that Nikon announced is the compact NIKKOR Z MC 50mm f/2.8. This lens is tiny weighing in at 260g / 9.1oz and pretty compact although it does extend (unlike the 105mm which has an internal AF mechanism).

Nikon decided to go for a 50mm focal length with this one instead of its classic 60mm FF macro range from the F-mount line (similar to Sony’s decision). It has 9 aperture blades, water, and dust-resistant structure and an STM AF motor, and similar coatings to the new 105mm macro. It also has a 2 mode focus limiter and AF/MF switch.

The lens includes 10 elements in 7 groups including 1 ED and 1 aspherical element and has a super close focus distance of 16cm only (the Nikon 60mm macro f-mount lens has an 18.5cm close up distance from the sensor plane which is also pretty close) and of course a 1:1 magnification.

The lightweight NIKKOR Z MC 50mm f/2.8

Also worth noting, the new 50mm macro supports the Nikon ES-2 film digitizing adapter if you have some old 35mm slides that you want to digitize.

The new NIKKOR Z MC 50mm f/2.8 with the Nikon ES-2 film digitizing adapter


Nikon Nikkor Z 28mm F2.8 & Nikon Nikkor Z 40mm F2

Nikon also gave us a sneak-peek into two upcoming Z mount lenses that are going to be announced later this year – the two compact primes – Nikkor Z 28mm F2.8 and Nikkor Z 40mm F2.

The upcoming Nikkor Z 28mm F2.8

We know very little about these two lenses aside from their filter thread (46mm) and the fact that they are pretty compact with a single ring (for focus).

The upcoming Nikkor Z 40mm F2

Pricing and availability

When it comes to pricing, the new NIKKOR Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S will sell for just under $1000 and the NIKKOR Z MC 50mm f/2.8 for just under $650, both starting from June 2021.

Hands-on and first reviews

Since the announcement, there have been a number of hands-on videos released including the one that you can see above by B&H and another one (below) by Adorama as well as videos by Nikon and a handful of independent pre-production videos, one of which we shall share below.

Adorama’s look at the two new Nikon Z macro lenses

Ricci Talks channel look at the new NIKKOR Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S (pre-production unit)

Nikon official video with photographers Donna Crous and Aurélie Gonin, using both lenses for food photography demo

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