Hands on with the NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S at CES 2019
Earlier today Nikon announced a new ultra-wide zoom lens for the Z-mount family and LensVid’s people at the show got a chance to play and take some pictures of the new lens.
For CES 2019 Nikon had a new lens – the NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S – which it describes as the widest FF mirrorless lens with filter support. This lens actually has a few other interesting features as well – below is a quick summary:
- Focal length – 14-30mm with full frame coverage (Z-mount).
- 14 elements in 12 groups including 4 ED and 4 Aspherical elements.
- Nano crystal & super integrated coatings and Fluorine coating.
- Stepping Motor AF System for fast & quiet operation (in video).
- Programmable control ring.
- Weather-Sealed design.
- 7 rounded diaphragm blades.
- Low weight – under 0.5kg and under 90mm in length (closed).
- Minimal focus breathing.
- Supports 82mm filters.
- Pricing and availability: $1300 coming in late April 2019.
Images of the new lens courtesy of our colleague Roy Peleg from CES 2019:
Besides the new lens, Nikon also announced that they will be releasing a firmware update for the Z6/Z7 cameras this year (no release date at this point) that will add the following features:
- CFexpress support – this will allow future CFexpress cards which will go into the existing XQD slot to reach much faster transfer speeds – CFexpress has a theoretical limit of 2000MB/s – about twice that of XQD cards.
- Eye AF – Sony (and to some extent Canon in the EOS-R) has this important feature which Nikon Z6/Z7 did not include at launch and it will be interesting to see how good it will work (you can see an official quick demo below including a cool option to choose specific eye).
- External ProRes RAW codec support – Nikon already promised us this in Photokina and it will be a continuation of their cooperation with Atomos (this will work with Ninja V and possibly other monitors with firmware updates in the future).
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