Nikon NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S lens report from Sicily

Nikon NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S lens report from Sicily by Max Aquila from (the new 14-30mm Z lens is expected to start shipping at the end of April):

No other superwide zoom could be compared with its focal range and luminosity but surely neither for dimension and weight (485 gr, 89 x 85mm), neither for optical scheme (14 elements in 12 groups, 4 asph. and 4 ED) that allows to have the first 14mm zoom with a frontal plane lens that can accommodate a 82mm filter:

A large flower hood, but not too deep, considering potential undesired flares and ghosts  and a not excessive barrel range, at lower focal:

comparing with the standard 24-70/4S zoom, seems even more compact:

As with other Z lenses, you can program focusing ring if desired:

A superwide lens with a 114° angle of field can be used and abused:

The strengths of this Z-Nikkor 14-30 are certainly the sharpness and the remarkable color density:

The lens is practically immune to reflections, flares, ghosts, even under the direct sun:

Virtually NO distortion:



Interiors in available light, high ISO (over 10,000):

A close-up thanks to the unusual minimum focusing distance of 28cm (i.e. 20cm from the frontal lens):

Here are my conclusions:

  • excellent color rendering and linear performance
  • very low vignetting and distortion (thanks to the automatic interview with the development sw)
  • record size and weight
  • flat front lens and possibility of mounting filters
  • precise and silent AF engine as if it did not exist
  • competitive price in relation to the yield

Additional sample photos:

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Nikkor Z 14-30mm f/4 S pre-orders now open at Adorama | B&H Photo | Amazon | WEX Photo | Park Camera | Calumet

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