At CES 2020, Nikon has announced the first full-frame tele-zoom for its Z-mount line. The lens is a new version of the Nikon 70-200mm F2.8, and it’s taking home our award for Best lens of CES 2020.
Essentially, this lens is a Z-mount version of the 70-200mm F2.8. The 70-200mm reportedly can reduce camera shake up to 5 stops. It has Vibration Reduction built into its toolkit, so that increases its shake reduction. It works in unison with the IS system in the Z 6 and Z 7.
Nikon 70-200mm for Z-mount
There’s a lot of features retained in the Z-mount version of the 70-200mm f2.8. Like the original F-mount version, the Z-mount retains both internal focus and zoom. Nikon additionally claims minimal focus breathing and that this lens is a parfocal lens. That means it should keep your subject in focus while zooming.
Looking inside, the lens is made from 21 elements, having one short-wavelength refracting element to reduce longitudinal chromatic aberration. It also includes a 6 ED, 2 aspherical and 1 fluorite elements. Additionally, there’s Nikon’s Nano Crystal and Arneo coatings to minimize both off-axis and on-axis flare.
Nikon 70-200mm focusing and zooming
The Nikon 70-200mm focuses down to 0.5m on the wide end and 1m at its telephoto end. It offers a max magnification of 0.2x.
In total, the 70-200 mm weighs 3.2 pounds. It uses 77mm filters and has a digital display and a control ring for adjusting the aperture or exposure compensation. As for its durability, the lens is weather-sealed.
Pricing and availability
The Nikkor Z 70-200 F2.8mm will be out in February for $2599.