What lens to get for your Nikon Z7?
Released in September 2018, the Nikon Z7 (see on Amazon.com) enters Nikon’s range of mirrorless cameras. This new hybrid camera will interest many Nikon users as a good alternative to their D750 and D850 SLRs, which are considered a little too heavy and bulky. The Z7 is the first hybrid of the Japanese company to feature a full-format 24×36 sensor and an excellent electronic viewfinder that sizes it to be the rival of the Sony Alpha 7 III and 7R III. Like the Nikon Z6, the Z7 is equipped with the brand’s new Z-mount, and Nikon has taken over many of the features of its SLR range, including its hybrid with a wide and well-designed handle.
The Z7 fits well in the hand thanks to the rubber coating and the well-proportioned thumb rest. The controls are engraved on the case for quality visual rendering. The controls and hatches are equipped with seals to protect against splashes and dust. As for the interface, the Z7’s interface is strongly inspired by the D750, with a recall LCD screen on the right shoulder and a cylinder on the left shoulder for exposure selection. Other controls are available, including exposure compensation, ISO sensitivity and video controls. Nikon’s Z7 hybrid has many features for photos.
However, it lacks Eye-Af detection and its autofocus is not as effective as that of Nikon SLRs. On the video side, some advanced features are not available, but the new Nikon hybrid range does not have many of them. However, with a Nikon FTZ adapter ring, it is possible to use SLR optics. About 300 Nikon lenses are compatible, not to mention those of Sigma and Tamron (the ring works with the full format lenses FX and APS-C DX). In the selection below, you can find the best lenses for Nikon Z7 currently available, allowing you to take beautiful pictures in any situation.
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- NIKKOR Z 24-70 f/4 S
- NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S
- NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S
- NIKKOR Z 14-30 mm f/4 S
- Comparative table
- Useful accessories
Filter size: 72 mm
The 24-70 mm f/4 S lens is the one that comes in kit form with Nikon’s Z6 and Z7 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 Z6, which offers good performance, is compact and tropicalized.
Weight: 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 Z7, 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.
Weight: 370 g
Filter size: 62 mm
The NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S was one of the first lenses released for the new Z7 and Z6. 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 Z7 for an easy grip.
Weight: 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.
All of the Nikon Z7 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!
|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|
A small selection of useful accessories to have in addition to your lenses and your Nikon Z7: