Nikon is starting to fill in the focal length gaps in their NIKKOR Z lens lineup, unveiling the first mirrorless ultra-wide option, the Z 14-30mm f/4 S. The lens is an all new optical design with 4 Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) elements and four aspherical elements for controlling distortion and chromatic aberrations. It's also surprisingly compact at under 90mm in length and weighing in at approximately 450g, a significant size and weight savings in comparison to its full size DSLR counterparts.
The front element is nearly flat and allows for an 82mm screw-on filter, a first for Nikon in a lens as wide as this one. This is a welcome change for landscape and architecture photographers who will not have to deal with specialized wide-angle filter systems.
Other features include a customizable Control Ring that can be set to adjust settings like exposure compensation, aperture control or manual focus. The 14-30mm's focusing relies on Nikon's latest stepping motor which ensures fast and smooth autofocus. It works almost silently, which will be a plus for photographers shooting in quiet conditions and videographers avoiding extra noise in their sound mix.
The lens is dust and moisture resistant while a fluorine coat on the lens repels dust, water, grease and dirt.