Nikon Canada Inc. has introduced the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S, a fast-aperture zoom lens that's ideal for professional and advanced photographers who capture portraits, landscapes, weddings and events, as well as content creators who shoot video using Nikon's new Z Mount System.
Designed to take advantage of the wider, brighter, and faster Z Mount, this new S-Line lens delivers sharpness all the way to the corners of the frame, even when used at its maximum aperture.
The 24-70mm f/2.8 S is the first Nikkor lens to use the new Nikon-designed ARNEO coat, which is used in conjunction with Nikon's Nano Crystal Coat to minimize flare and ghosting. The lens also includes Nikon's new Multi-Focus System to help ensure fast and accurate autofocus even when shooting close-up subjects. Additionally, the 24-70mm f/2.8 S is the first Nikkor Z lens to feature a dedicated manual focus ring independent of the customizable control ring, a Function (L-Fn) button, and an Organic EL Lens Information Panel for quick reference of key settings such as focus distance, depth-of-field, aperture, and focal length.
The lens is approximately 24.7% lighter and 18.4% shorter than the popular AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR lens. It features an optical construction of 17 elements in 15 groups, including two ED glass elements and four aspherical elements.
To help ensure fast, accurate, and silent autofocus, the lens combines a stepping motor (STM) with Nikon's new Multi-Focus System. This system uses two actuators to move two focus groups at once, enabling the 24-70mm f/2.8 S to achieve critical focus rapidly from nearly any distance, including close-up shooting.
As the most customizable Nikkor Z lens to date, it features an Organic EL Lens Information Panel that allows for quick confirmation of aperture and focal length or focus distance and depth-of-field without looking at the viewfinder. An L-Fn button allows you to set over 20 custom functions when shooting stills. The lens is also the first to feature an independent focus ring in addition to the customizable control ring found on all S-Line lenses.
For capturing video, the design minimizes focus breathing, preventing the angle of view from changing when the focus is adjusted. The stepping motor and Multi-Focus System ensure fast, accurate and quiet focusing. Full compatibility with the built-in 5-axis VR of the Nikon Z System ensures users can capture super-smooth video hand-held; and the customizable control ring, independent focus ring and Organic EL panel give filmmakers even more control over the lens on-set.
Nikon's Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 S will be available in spring 2019 for an MSRP of $3,199.95.