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Nikon NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S Lens

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Nikon NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S Lens
Key Features
  • Z-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Constant f/4 Maximum Aperture
  • Four ED and Four Aspherical Elements
  • Nano Crystal & Super Integrated Coatings
Spanning an impressive wide-angle range, the NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S is an ultra-wide zoom for Nikon's FX-format Z-series mirrorless system. The broad field of view is especially well-suited to landscape, architectural, and astrophotography applications, and the constant f/4 maximum aperture maintains a consistent exposure throughout the zoom range. In regard to the optical design, the lens features four extra-low dispersion elements and four aspherical elements, which reduce a variety of aberrations and distortion to produce imagery with high sharpness, clarity, and accurate color rendering. Both Nano Crystal and Super Integrated Coatings are used, too, to suppress flare and ghosting for greater color fidelity and higher contrast.
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Nikon NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S Overview

Spanning an impressive wide-angle range, the NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S is an ultra-wide zoom for Nikon's FX-format Z-series mirrorless system. The broad field of view is especially well-suited to landscape, architectural, and astrophotography applications, and the constant f/4 maximum aperture maintains a consistent exposure throughout the zoom range. In regard to the optical design, the lens features four extra-low dispersion elements and four aspherical elements, which reduce a variety of aberrations and distortion to produce imagery with high sharpness, clarity, and accurate color rendering. Both Nano Crystal and Super Integrated Coatings are used, too, to suppress flare and ghosting for greater color fidelity and higher contrast.

Complementing the optics, a stepping motor provides quick, quiet, and precise autofocus performance along with full-time manual focus override to suit both stills and video applications. A programmable control ring can be set for intuitive adjustment over a variety of camera and exposure settings. Additionally, the lens has a button-less retractable barrel to realize a more compact form factor when not in use.

Ultra-wide zoom covers a wide-angle to portrait-length range and is designed for FX-format Z-mount mirrorless cameras.
Constant f/4 maximum aperture affords consistent performance throughout the zoom range and also contributes to the relatively lightweight design and compact form factor.
Four aspherical elements are used to reduce spherical aberrations and distortion in order to realize sharp imagery with accurate rendering.
Four extra-low dispersion elements greatly reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations in order to produce greater clarity and color rendering.
A Nano Crystal Coat, along with a Super Integrated Coating, has been applied to lens elements to minimize surface and internal reflections for a marked reduction in lens flare and ghosting.
Stepping motor delivers impressively smooth, quiet, and fast autofocus performance that is well-suited to both stills and video applications. Full-time manual focus override is also possible and an internal focusing design is used, where only the internal lens groups are moved during focusing, to maintain the overall length of the lens during use and to promote faster focusing speeds.
Programmable Control Ring is, by default, set to adjust manual focus but can also be used to control aperture or exposure compensation.
Specialized electromagnetic aperture mechanism provides greater exposure control stability that is especially beneficial when working with fast continuous shooting rates.
Rounded seven-blade diaphragm promotes a pleasing out of focus quality that benefits the use of shallow depth of field techniques.
Exposed elements feature a fluorine coating that affords protection to the optical system against dust, grease, and water droplets.
Dust- and moisture-resistant lens barrel benefits the lens' use in inclement conditions.
Button-less retractable design maintains a compact form factor when the lens is not in use.
UPC: 018208200702

Nikon NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S Specs

Focal Length14 to 30mm
Maximum Aperturef/4
Minimum Aperturef/22
Lens MountNikon Z
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View114° to 72°
Minimum Focus Distance11.02" / 28 cm
Maximum Magnification0.16x
Optical Design14 Elements in 12 Groups
Diaphragm Blades7, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size82 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)3.5 x 3.35" / 89 x 85 mm
Length at Maximum Extension4.49" / 114 mm
Weight1.07 lb / 485 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.005 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)9.6 x 5.7 x 5.7"

Nikon NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S Reviews

Great walking around lens

By Ed
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-14

I really like this lens attached to my Nikon Z 50 (half-frame) camera. It is light and has a field of view of 21mm-45mm when mounted on that cropped sensor camera. And don't think for a minute that the smaller sensor won't perform splendidly. See attached photo as an illustration...

Lite-weight option for wide angle photography

By Steven
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-28

This is a nice addition to Nikon's line-up of new lenses for the Z-line cameras. Image quality is good and I believe this lens will meet most people's requirements when they need to use a wide angle lens. I appreciate the extra zoom range and the significant weight loss compared to Nikon's F-series 14-24mm f/2.8 lens. I have both lens and will continue to use the F-series lens for night photography. Beyond that, the Z 14-30mm lens will be my lens of choice, especially when traveling.

Awesome lightweight wide Angle

By Jim
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-06

I love this lens for landscapes or anything I need to shoot wide. f4 plenty fast and really shines with the Z9 & Z 7.

Pin sharp

By David
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-04

Love this lens, and use it all the time for real estate photography. The sharpness is excellent and it is very compact, particularly when closed. Nothing bad to say about it, very pleased with my purchase.

Copy was not sharp.

By Glenn
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-22

I really wanted this lens to work since its size, weight, and common filter accommodation are great features. But the copy I received was not acceptably sharp. I field tested it extensively and it was soft pretty much anywhere I looked, even at f/5.6 and f/8 which are supposed to be the sweet spots. I returned it and I'm debating whether to try another copy. I wish Nikon would make a ~14mm Z prime but that's not in the cards .

Light, sharp and a great range.

By Todd
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-04

When I picked up my first Z body, I grabbed this lens as the 14-24 had yet to be released. And over about a year I took some of my all-time favorite landscape shots with it. When the 14-24 arrived, I figured I could keep the 14-30 and add the 20/1.8 for astro, or sell the 14-30 and grab the 14-24 and use it for both astro and landscape work. I ended up selling the 14-30 and grabbing the 14-24. After about a year, I ended up re-buying the 14-30 while also keeping the 14-24. Here's why. The 14-24 is fantastic, and I love it for astro. It's sharp, light (as compared to the F mount version) and takes filters well. The problem with it is that the filters are massive, and hood is as well, and when I'm shooting landscapes, I'm often swapping back and forth between it and my 24-70, especially when honing a composition. I will use it when I need absolute perfect corners, but it takes up a lot of space in bag, so it's often at home unless I'm doing astro. Since the 14-30 takes the same filters as the 24-70/2.8, it simplifies my carry kit. Plus, it is almost unbelievably light. At f/8 and beyond, it's an almost dead heat between it and the 14-24 (for landscape shots), and I love the range. It's only an extra 6mm at the long end, but I find that I swap lenses in the field about 95% less when I'm using it as opposed to when I'm using the 14-24. All that means that it's the lens I have with me, especially if I'm hiking. I won't be getting rid of either the 14-24 or the 14-30, but if I had to eliminate one ... it would likely be the 14-24 as the size, weight, range, IQ and ease of use of the 14-30 makes for an unbeatable combination.

This IS a sharp lens.

By Ed
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-08

I have seen some reviews that suggest the Z 14-30mm is soft. I may be just plain lucky, but of eighteen lenses I have purchased over time for my Nikon cameras, I have never discovered a lens that was soft. It is atypical for me to take a photograph that is so perfect that I cannot find a way to improve it in post-production. There are some who do not care to perform any procedure in post...even to crop or straighten an image. Relatively simple attention to detail in post can dramatically improve the quality of an image. Below, I have provided for your examination, a cropped image and the same image cropped much more taken with the Nikon Z 7II & Z 14-30mm.

Work with me on this...

By Ed
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-07

The Nikon Z 14-30 is an extraordinary lens. On either Z 50 or Z 7II, I have found it to be solid, versatile, and of high quality. If you are buying a lens of this caliber and you don't know how to nurse it along a tad in post production, well, you are heading down the wide path. I use DxO PhotoLab Elite, Photoshop, and Topaz Sharpen AI to bring images from this lens to a quality level that just tickles me silly. See photo attached to this review.

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