Camera companies have really already been fans of development bulletins recently! Today, alongside the particular formal statement of two Nikon Z . macro lenses , Nikon also revealed a few more information about the upcoming 28mm plus 40mm pancake primes that have been on the roadmap for some time.
Specifically, Nikon has announced that the 28mm lens will have an f/2. 8 maximum aperture, and the 40mm will be an f/2 lens. Nikon also stated that they are “scheduled for release within 2021, ” for what it’s worth.
Beyond that, most of we know is that both lenses should have a 52mm front side filter thread, as you can see if you look closely at the pictures below. It also looks like the particular 28mm f/2. 8 lens will be just a hair smaller and lighter than the 40mm f/2. Here they are:
Although it’s disappointing that this is merely a development statement and it will probably be several months prior to the lenses are actually available, I am at least encouraged to see something: The 40mm prime will be f/2 rather than f/2. almost eight. This means it’s only 1/3 of a stop darker than the Z 50mm f/1. 8, yet it looks to be about half the size. While this may come with an image quality charges, I and many other photographers were expecting an f/2. 9 lens (the usual optimum aperture of a pancake, otherwise f/4), so this is a greet surprise.
In terms of the lens size, it’s a bit difficult to tell from the item images above, but Nikon has previously released this graphic with the relative dimensions of their unannounced lenses. Though the 28mm and 40mm pancakes are shaded-in, it’s nevertheless clear that these are very little lenses compared to their colleagues. Only the 16-50mm f/3. 5-6. 3 DX and 24-50mm f/4-6. 3 are about the same size:
There is no indication yet of how expensive the two pancake primes will be. However , given their particular narrower maximum apertures as well as the fact that they are not S-series lenses, they’ll most likely cost in the low end of points for Nikon Z glass. Considering that the Nikon Z . 50mm f/1. 8 Ings has a $600 MSRP yet often goes on sale just for $500, I expect these types of new lenses to be in the $300-400 range instead, and perhaps even less. Nikon is normally clearly positioning them below the 50mm f/1. 9.
Here’s Nikon’s full press release for the two lenses:
Nikon is developing the NIKKOR Z 28mm f/2. 8 and NIKKOR Z . 40mm f/2, two small and lightweight prime lens for the Nikon Z bracket system
Summer 2, 2021
TOKYO – Nikon Corporation (Nikon) is pleased to declare development of the NIKKOR Z . 28mm f/2. 8 and NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2, two compact and light-weight prime lenses for full-frame (Nikon FX-format) mirrorless digital cameras for which the Nikon Z mount has been adopted. Both these lenses are scheduled to get release during 2021.
The NIKKOR Z 28mm f/2. 8 is being developed as a wide-angle prime lens perfect for everyday snapshots, and the NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2 as a standard best lens that will allow users to easily enjoy bokeh included in their imaging expression. These two compact and lightweight prime lenses are designed for ease of use by a broad range of users, including those new to mirrorless cameras, and will be ideal for a multitude of everyday scenes and situations.
Nikon will certainly continue to pursue a new dimension in optical performance while meeting users’ needs, contributing to the development of imaging culture, with the hope of expanding possibilities designed for imaging expression.
*The appearance of the lens may differ from the photos proven above.