Best Z Mount Lenses for Nikon
October 7, 2021
If you’re looking for the best Z Mount lenses for Nikon’s Z series cameras, then this guide is for you.
If you’re the lucky owner of a Nikon Z series camera, such as the full-frame Nikon Z5, Z6 II, Z7 II, or the APS-C (DX) Nikon Zfc / Z50, then you’ll find you’ve got a growing number of lenses to choose from. We’ve reviewed a number of Z-Mount lenses, and can help guide you on your next purchase.
Whilst the Z series has a number of very high-quality Nikkor lenses available, making it difficult to buy a “bad” lens so-to-speak, you may still want to weigh up your options. We’ll try and help guide you on why one lens might be a better choice for you than another, whether that’s so you can shoot a specific type of photography, or whether you want to save some money buy buying a cheaper lens.
All of Nikon’s full-frame Z series cameras feature in-body image stabilisation (IBIS), and this helps keep images sharp when using slower shutter speeds, but you’ll still benefit from a lens with built-in VR (Vibration Reduction), as this will also help, particularly with longer telephoto lenses. If you own an APS-C (DX) camera, then it’s worth noting that these cameras (Zfc, Z50) don’t have IBIS, and will therefore benefit from a VR lens.
Best Z Mount Macro lens: Nikon Nikkor Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S – 5 stars
The Nikon Nikkor Z MC 105mm f2.8 VR S is Nikon’s premium macro lens for the Z system, priced at £999, the lens offers excellent levels of sharpness, weather-sealing, and built-in Vibration Reduction (VR). With an aperture of f/2.8 this lens also makes a good option for portrait photography. Nikon currently offer two macro lenses, this one, and the cheaper Nikkor MC 50mm f/2.8, priced at £649.
Best Z Mount wide-angle prime: Nikkor Z 24mm f/1.8 S – 5 stars
Available for around £1049, the Nikkor Z 24mm f1.8 S lens is a compact, and lightweight alternative to the 24-70mm f2.8 zoom lens, and is brighter with an f1.8 aperture, making it great if you are going to be shooting in low-light conditions. The lens is a great choice for landscape, street, and interior photography. There’s a close focusing distance of 25cm, so you can get nice and close to your subject.
Best Standard Zoom Lens for Z Mount – Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S – 5 stars
The Nikkor Z 24-70mm f2.8 S lens is a premium “standard” zoom lens, giving an f2.8 aperture throughout the zoom range, weather sealing, and professional level build quality. Nikon has managed to make a smaller and lighter lens when compared to the F-Mount 24-70mm f2.8 lens, however, the F-Mount lens features VR, whereas the Z 24-70mm lens relies on in-body image stabilisation. One thing to note, is the price, which at £1999 could be too expensive for some, and Nikon also offer the 24-70mm f4 lens which is available for around £999.
Best Telephoto Zoom for Z Mount – Nikkor Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S – 5 stars
The Nikkor Z 70-200mm f2.8 VR S telephoto zoom lens offers stunning image quality, with fast and quiet autofocus. As a pro lens, you’ll also find that it is weather sealed, keeping it safe in inclement weather conditions. Vibration Reduction (VR) is included and works in combination with IBIS if the camera has it. Being priced at £2299, quality doesn’t come cheap, but the lens does deliver exceptional optical performance, so is easily justified.
Best premium wide-angle zoom: Nikkor Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S – 4.5 stars
The Nikkor Z 14-24mm f2.8 S wide-angle zoom offers an f2.8 aperture throughout the zoom range, and gives highly impressive image quality. There’s a customisable control ring, and like other premium Z mount lenses features a built-in display panel. There’s weather sealing, as you’d expect, as well as excellent flare resistance. There’s only one downside to this lens, and that’s the price, at £2389.
Best Z-Mount 85mm Lens – Nikkor Z 85mm f/1.8 S – 4.5 stars
The Nikkor Z 85mm f1.8 S offers a weather-sealed lens, and a great focal length for portraits. With an aperture of f1.8, the lens gives pleasing background blur, and bokeh. Optical quality of the images produced by the lens is impressive. The lens is available for £699.
Best compact, wide-angle zoom: Nikkor Z 14-30mm f/4 S – 4.5 stars
The Nikkor Z 14-30mm f4 S is a more affordable wide-angle zoom, compared to the 14-24mm f2.8 lens, being available for £1129. It’s a very compact lens for those looking to keep the size (and weight) of their camera down, with a retractable design, and provides a useful zoom range from the ultra-wide 14mm zooming to 30mm. The lens is sharpest at the wide-angle end of the lens, but makes a great choice for those looking for a compact wide-angle zoom lens.
If you’re looking for a different lens, then here is our handly list of all the Nikon Z-Mount lenses currently available:
Z Mount Prime Lenses
- 20mm f1.8
- 24mm f1.8
- 28mm f2.8 / and SE version
- 35mm f1.8
- 40mm f/2 – New!
- 50mm f1.2
- 50mm f1.8
- 50mm f2.8 Macro
- 58mm f0.95 Noct (MF)
- 85mm f1.8
- 105mm f2.8 VR Macro
Z Mount Zoom Lenses
DX (APS-C) Lenses
- 16-50mm f3.5-6.3 VR
- 18-140mm f3.5-6.3 VR – New!
- 50-250mm f4.5-6.3 VR
- Z Teleconverter TC-1.4x
- Z Teleconverter TC-2.0x
Future lenses shown on the roadmap (June 2021):
- 24-105mm S-Line
- 85mm S-Line
- 100-400mm S-Line
- 200-600mm S-Line
- 400mm S-Line
- 600mm S-Line
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