The best lenses for Nikon Z5

What lens to get for your Nikon Z5?

Released in August 2020, the Nikon Z 5 Full-format Hybrid inherits many of the qualities of the Nikon Z 6, but is the most affordable of the Nikon Full-format Hybrid range. The Nikon Z 5 is equipped with the famous 55mm Z-mount, the largest on the market in this camera category. Thus, more light reaches the full-format CMOS sensor of 24.3 MP.

The recorded images are brighter, the low lights are repelled and the colors are vivid. The Z 5 is a compact, space-saving, full-format camera that is both strong and relatively light for this category. Its 5-axis stabilized magnesium alloy body weighs only 675 grams and measures 134 x 100.5 x 69.5 mm. Thanks to the stabilizer, the camera can be operated with one hand without fear of blur or gives the choice of a low shooting speed. The ergonomics pushed as far as possible ensures a solid grip thanks to its comfortable handle.

Perfect for RAW or JPEG photography and 4K Ultra HD movie shooting, the Nikon Z5 meets the demands of discerning amateurs. Its versatility makes it suitable for most shooting situations, from the darkest to the most high-contrast. Its ISO sensitivity from ISO 100 to 51,200 is suitable for all types of scenes, while its 273 focus collimators ensure fast response.

Autofocus is fast and eye detection is effective, even with a moving subject. The bright 3,690,000-pixel OLED electronic viewfinder displays the exact image to be recorded. The histogram available directly in the viewfinder allows quick adjustments and smart choices. To complement the Z5’s versatility, a tilting touchscreen helps you view difficult angles and allows you to focus a scene with a single long press.

The Nikon Z 5 is an excellent entry-level choice for a full-format hybrid. With two SD card slots, you’ll never be caught off guard. The Nikon Z5 is equipped with the Expeed 6 processor, the same as Nikon’s high-end hybrids.

One more advantage. One small reproach, however: the disappearance of the upper recall screen. On the connection side, nothing is missing. A USB 3.0, a mini-HDMI socket, another for the remote control, a microphone socket and a headphone socket. The quality of its Z-mount and its full format weighs heavily in its favor.

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Nikon Z 5 Camera Body, Black
  • Intensely detailed 24MP full frame images and 4K UHD videos
  • VR image stabilization built-in for sharp, stabilized photos and videos
  • Superb 273 point autofocus system that can focus near the edges, detect and follow eyes (people, cats and dogs) and track subjects

Summary

  1. NIKKOR Z 24-70 f/4 S
  2. NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S
  3. NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S
  4. NIKKOR Z 14-30 mm f/4 S
  5. Comparative table
  6. Useful accessories

NIKKOR Z 24-70 f/4 S

best lens Nikon Z6Weight: 500g
Filter size: 72 mm

The 24-70 mm f/4 S lens is the one that comes in kit form with Nikon’s Z6, Z7 and Z5 hybrids. It can also be purchased alone. Stamped S, this lens is guaranteed quality by Nikon.

This lens is part of the fairly classic ranges, with a constant aperture of only f/4 but which allows a regular exposure, regardless of the zoom setting. This provides uniform illumination over the entire focal length range. 14 lenses in 11 groups are used for the optics, which is a technical issue. These lenses include an aspherical ED glass lens, an ED glass lens, three aspherical lenses, a fluorine-treated lens to remove fingerprints, moisture or dust, and finally lenses treated with nanocrystal to limit parasitic images, to prevent moisture from infiltrating, the zoom lens has many seals spread over critical areas. No water or dust can get in.

In short, it’s a good way to start with the Nikon Z5, which offers good performance, is compact and tropicalized.

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OTHER OPTION

  • NIKKOR Z 24-70 f/2.8 S A twice as expensive and 300 g heavier alternative (805 g), more suitable for professionals.

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NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S

best lenses for Nikon Z6Weight: 415 g
Filter size: 62 mm

Nikon has chosen a fairly simple design for its Nikkor Z 50 mm f/1.8 S lens. With an aperture much larger than the kit lens of a Z5, the 24-70 mm f/4, this 50 mm f/1.8 S is large enough for a mirrorless lens, and the Nikkor Z 50 mm f/1.8 S has a manual focusing ring in its center part. Ribbed, this ring is easy to grip and handle to allow the most accurate focus possible.

This ring can also be configured to control other housing functions. Offering a great experience for those who want to play with light, the Nikkor Z 50 mm f/1.8 S lens has exceptional optical performance for bright and detailed images. On the other hand, those who like to make pretty background blurs will be delighted with this objective. Its f/1.8 aperture and nine-blade circular diaphragm produce a homogeneous and natural-looking blur.

The only thing we can blame him for: a size a little too big for a 50mm. Apart from that, it’s really a very good objective, and it’s especially the cheapest in this ranking.

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NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S

which lens for Nikon Z6Weight: 370 g
Filter size: 62 mm

The NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S was one of the first lenses released for the Z7, Z6 and Z5. Exceeding the previous fixed focal length lenses in terms of image quality, it offers an excellent depth of field. 35 mm is made for those who want to start reporting, street photography or landscape photography. Its framing captures all the details of a subject placed in a given environment.

This 35 mm lens for Nikon hybrids has a minimum aperture at f/16 and a maximum aperture at f/8. It consists of 11 lenses divided into 9 groups, including two ED glass lenses, three aspherical lenses and some nanocrystal treated lenses. This composition allows this Z 35mm f/1.8 S to reduce chromatic aberrations.

Like Sony’s lenses, this 35 mm lens does not have stabilization. With a length of 86 mm and a weight of 370 g, this lens goes well with a Z5 for an easy grip.

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NIKKOR Z 14-30 mm f/4 S

what lens for Nikon Z6Weight: 485 g
Filter size: 82 mm

This ultra-wide-angle zoom for Nikon hybrids is just out. It completes the Nikkor Z range which already includes the 24-70 mm f/4 S, 50 mm f/1.8 S and 35 mm f/1.8 S.

Design, the 14-30 mm f/4 S zoom resembles the Z 24-70 mm f/4 S. They are equipped with the same multifunction ring, have about the same weight and of course are made for Nikon Z-mounts. 14 lenses are included in this wide angle lens. 4 of these lenses are made of ED glass, 4 are aspherical and nanocrystal treated and one lens, the front one is treated with fluoride to limit fingerprints and other dirt. All of these 14 lenses are grouped into 12 groups. As for the diaphragm, it is equipped with 7 blades.

The NIKKOR Z 14-30 mm f/4 S wide-angle lens is designed for those who take landscapes or street pictures. It is also ideal for interior and architectural photos. In short, for all those who need a wide shot.

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COMPARATIVE TABLE

All of the Nikon Z5 compatible lenses mentioned above are included in this comparison chart to help you choose the right equipment. You will be able to compare them according to their price, the weight and the utility of each one to choose which will suit your budget and your style of photo.

The indicated prices change regularly, just check the links if there are bargains!

Lenses Price Weight Aperture Filter size Utility
NIKKOR Z 24-70 f/4 S $$$$$  500g  f/4  72mm  standard zoom
NIKKOR Z 24-70 f/2.8 S $$$$$  805g  f/2.8  82mm  standard zoom
NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S $$$$$  415g  f/1.8  62mm  portrait
NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S $$$$$  370g  f/1.8  62mm  fixed standard lens
NIKKOR Z 14-30 mm f/4 S $$$$$  485g  f/4  82mm  wide angle

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Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S
Nikon Z 24-70mm F/2.8 S
Nikon NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S
Nikon NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S
Nikon Z 14-30mm f/4 S
Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S
Nikon Z 24-70mm F/2.8 S
Nikon NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S
Nikon NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S
Nikon Z 14-30mm f/4 S
$996.95
$1,996.95
$496.95
$696.95
$1,096.95
Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S
Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S
$996.95
Nikon Z 24-70mm F/2.8 S
Nikon Z 24-70mm F/2.8 S
$1,996.95
Nikon NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S
Nikon NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S
$496.95
Nikon NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S
Nikon NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S
$696.95
Nikon Z 14-30mm f/4 S
Nikon Z 14-30mm f/4 S
$1,096.95

USEFUL ACCESSORIES

A small selection of useful accessories to have in addition to your lenses and your Nikon Z5:

 

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Nikon Z 5 Camera Body, Black
  • Intensely detailed 24MP full frame images and 4K UHD videos
  • VR image stabilization built-in for sharp, stabilized photos and videos
  • Superb 273 point autofocus system that can focus near the edges, detect and follow eyes (people, cats and dogs) and track subjects
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