Nikon has released a roadmap covering current and future lenses it will produce for its new full-frame mirrorless camera system.
The published roadmap for up-coming Z-mount Nikkor lenses. (Source: Nikon.)
Scheduled for release with the Z7 are the Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/4 S, the only zoom lens in the initial release. It will be offered with both camera bodies in a standard kit. Covering a useful range of focal lengths from moderate wide-angle to portrait perspective, it features a buttonless retractable barrel, internal focusing and magnesium alloy construction with dust and drip resistance plus a rounded seven-blade iris diaphragm for attractive bokeh.
The Nikkor Z 35mm f/1.8 S and Nikkor Z 50mm f/1.8 S are fast prime lenses covering wide and standard angles of view. All three lenses are made mainly from polycarbonate plastic with an A/M switch on the outer barrel and bayonet-mounted lens hoods.
Following them in 2019 will be the 58mm f/0.95 Noct, 20mm f/1.8, 85mm f/1.8, 24-70mm f/2.8,70-200mm f/2.8 and 14-30mm f/4. The 50mm f/1.2 in 2020 will initiate a new series of f/1.2 lenses. All Z lenses are labelled Z-Nikkor and S-Line. Interestingly, there has been no hint of any mirrorless cameras or lenses designed for cropped, DX-type, sensors.
Initially the Z7 plus the 24-70mm and 35mm lenses were scheduled to ship during September, with the 50mm lens following in October and the Z 6 body in November. However, Nikon has issued an apology warning of expected delays in deliveries of the new products, stating We have so many reservations [and] cannot deliver on the day of the release date to some customers who have already made a reservation. No details have been provided about the lengths of the expected delays, although Nikon adds We will make every effort to deliver it as soon as possible to meet your expectations, so we appreciate your kind understanding. Several reports have appeared online stating that around 20,000 Z7 cameras are coming off the production lines in Nikon’s Sendai factory, where both the Z7 and Z6 cameras will be made.