New Nikon Z Lens: Nikkor 14-30 f/4 S

Nikon's first new mirrorless system lens of 2019 is an ultra-wide zoom.

Only one week into 2019, Nikon has announced their first new mirrorless lens of the year, the Nikkor 14-30 f/4 S for Nikon Z-mount. The lens is impressively compact, weighing just a hair over a pound (1.07lbs) and only 3.5 inches long, it’s shorter and almost 30% lighter than the F-mount AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR lens for Nikon DSLRs. Additionally, the front element is small enough that the lens can use threaded 82mm filters.

Like all Z-mount lenses, the 14-30 f/4 features Nikon’s control-ring, which can be assigned to control focus, aperture, or exposure compensation. The stepping motor used for autofocus is touted to be nearly silent, and Nikon has emphasized the lens’s suitability for video work.

In fact, along with the new lens, the company has announced the Nikon Z6 Filmmaker’s Kit which includes the “Nikon Z6 body, a NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S lens, Mount Adapter FTZ, Atomos Ninja V 4K HDR 5” Monitor RecorderRode VideoMic Pro+MOZA Air 2 3-Axis Hand-Held Gimbal Stabilizer, an additional EN-EL15b battery, a coiled HDMI cable, 12-month Vimeo Pro membership, and The Art of Making Music Videos Nikon School online course featuring Nikon Ambassador Chris Hershman”, according to the Nikon Press Release.

Pricing and Availability

The new Nikon 14-30 f/4 S is sensibly priced at $1299, but won’t be available until sometime in the spring. The Filmmaker’s Kit, however, will be available as a package this month at a price of $3999. You can check them out or pre-order from Adorama now: the Nikon 14-30 f/4 S lens and the Nikon Z6 Filmmaker’s Kit.

What do You Think?

The Nikon Z system is starting to take shape. How do you like it? Are you making the switch to mirrorless, or sticking with the tried and true DSLRs? Let me know in the comments below.


NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S Lens for Z Series Mirrorless Cameras NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S Lens for Z Series Mirrorless Cameras$1296.95BUY NOWAdoramaZ6 FX-Format Mirrorless Camera Filmmaker's Kit Z6 FX-Format Mirrorless Camera Filmmaker’s Kit$3996.95BUY NOWAdorama
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