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Summary

The Nikon Z 24-70mm f2.8 S is a general-purpose zoom designed for Nikon’s full-frame Z-series mirrorless cameras and aimed at professional photographers. The first native zoom in the Z series with an f2.8 focal ratio, the Z 24-70mm f2.8 S dispenses with the retracting barrel of the f4 models for a more traditional appearance, but becomes the first with a dedicated manual focusing ring in addition to a separate custom ring, as well as a customisable function button and an OLED display, the latter indicating focal length, aperture, focusing distance and depth-of-field in a similar way to the Zeiss Batis lenses. The lens itself is inevitably heftier than the f4 version in the range, but manages to be shorter and lighter than its Nikkor DSLR equivalent thanks to a new optical design. Check back soon for our full review.

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Nikon Z 24-70mm f2.8 S review – preview

The Nikon Z 24-70mm f2.8 S is a professional general-purpose zoom designed for Nikon’s full-frame Z-series mirrorless cameras. Announced in February 2019, it’s the fifth Z-mount lens, following the Z 14-30mm f4 S, Z 24-70mm f4 S, Z 35mm f1.8 S and Z 50mm f1.8 S, but crucially is the first native zoom with a fast f2.8 focal ratio.

Physically, the Z 24-70mm f2.8 S is a departure from the initial native zooms in the series. Not only is it the first with an f2.8 focal ratio, but it also dispenses with the retracting barrel mechanism of the f4 zooms. It’s also the first Z lens to feature a dedicated manual focusing ring in addition to a separate custom ring, as well as a customisable function button and an OLED display, the latter indicating focal length, aperture, focusing distance and depth-of-field in a similar way to the Zeiss Batis lenses. The Z 24-70mm f2.8 S is understandably heftier than the f4 models at 89mm in diameter, 126mm in length and weighing 805g, but it’s still shorter as well as 25% lighter than the existing DSLR version, the AF-S 24-70mm f2.8E ED VR. The filter thread measures 82mm.

Aimed at professional photographers, it’s also weather-sealed with flourine coatings on the front and rear elements making it easier to clean; it’s also the first Nikon lens to employ its new ARNEO coating which works alongside Nano Crystal coating to minimise flare and ghosting. The optical construction consists of 17 elements in 15 groups including two ED and four aspherical elements. There’s nine rounded diaphragm blades and a closest focusing distance of 38cm for a maximum magnification of 0.22x.

Expect the Z 24-70mm f2.8 S in April 2019. Check back soon for our review of this exciting new lens! In the meantime, check out our in-depth reviews of the other native Nikon Z lenses: Nikon Z 24-70mm f4 S review / Nikon Z 35mm f1.8 S review / Nikon Z 50mm f1.8 S review.

 

 

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