Nikon has spent the final yr steadily filling out its Z-mount lens vary, and a handful of additional optics ought to increase the road to 9 native choices by the tip of the yr. However the Z 35mm F1.Eight S is one among a trio of optics unveiled proper on the begin of the system – and with a basic focal size and usefully vast aperture, its attraction ought to be broad.

As with the Z Nikkor 50mm F1.Eight S that was launched on the identical time, Nikon is eager to emphasize that this isn’t any atypical 35mm F1.Eight lens, however moderately one which’s been designed particularly for superior optical efficiency to match high-resolution sensors, such because the Z7’s (and presumably these of future our bodies). It’s neither the smallest lens of its sort nor the most affordable, however being a part of a brand new era of optics, we should always maybe anticipate it to deviate a little bit from what we’re used to.

That is at present the widest prime lens obtainable for the Nikon Z system, though it’ll quickly lose that standing to the Z 24mm F1.Eight S, on Nikon’s roadmap for later this yr.

All footage by Matt Golowczynski except in any other case famous.

Key specs

  • Focal size: 35mm
  • Aperture vary: 8-16 (In 1/Three EV stops)
  • Filter thread: 62mm
  • Shut focus: 0.25m (0.82ft / 9.8in)
  • Most magnification: 0.19x
  • Diaphragm blades: 9 (rounded diaphragm)
  • Hood: HB-89 petal-shaped hood (equipped)
  • Size / Diameter: approx. 86 x 73 mm (3.four x 2.9in)
  • Weight: approx. 370g (approx. 13.1oz.)
  • Optical development: 11 components in 9 teams

In distinction to Canon’s cavalcade of pro-grade, huge, dear, quick aperture L-series lenses for its new RF mount, Nikon appears intent on courting fans with a stable lineup of smallish, pretty inexpensive (all sub-$1,000 thus far) F1.Eight primes (plus the extra pro-focused Z 24-70mm F2.Eight S). With the just-announced Z Nikkor 85mm F1.Eight S becoming a member of the F1.Eight lineup, and the 24mm and 20mm F1.Eight each additionally within the pipeline (the 20mm is slated for 2020), it is clear that Nikon believes F1.Eight is a candy spot.

Nikon cites 4 components specifically that ought to make the Z Nikkor 35mm F1.Eight S’s total optical efficiency shine. The primary is excessive resolving energy, which is credited partially to the optics used but in addition to a multi-focusing system to maintain issues constant wherever you occur to be focusing within the scene.

There’s no Vibration Discount system within the lens itself, however each present Nikon Z-series our bodies provide in-camera stabilization

A pair of extra-low dispersion components assist to banish chromatic aberration, in addition to three aspherical lenses to fight spherical aberration and distortion. These low-dispersion components are additionally behind the second declare, particularly lowered axial (longitudinal) chromatic aberration, which is usually a problem with fast-aperture prime lenses of this kind.

The third declare is excellent level replica of level gentle sources at evening (ie minimal coma and spherical aberration) whereas the ultimate declare regards pure bokeh, with 9 rounded diaphragm blades within the design to assist maintain out-of-focus factors of sunshine round. By the way, these are the identical 4 claims made for the Z 50mm F1.Eight S that was developed and launched on the identical time, late final yr.

The Z 35mm F1.Eight S is sealed towards mud and moisture at a number of key factors (proven right here in yellow).

Nikon’s venerable anti-reflective Nano Crystal Coat know-how has additionally been employed with a view to enhance gentle transmission and decrease flare and ghosting, and that is joined by multi-layered Tremendous Built-in Coating that serves a lot the identical goal.

There’s no Vibration Discount system within the lens itself, however each present Z-series our bodies (and presumably most if not all future fashions) have been furnished with their very own sensor-based Vibration Discount methods. Within the absence of any VR change or programmable buttons on the lens barrel, that additionally implies that Vibration Discount is managed by the menu (you possibly can’t assign this to any operate or customizable buttons).

The lens comes with a petal-shaped hood as customary, and a lens wrap is thrown into the field too.


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