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Nikon NIKKOR Z 20mm f/1.8 S Lens

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Nikon NIKKOR Z 20mm f/1.8 S Lens
Key Features
  • Z-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/16
  • Three ED and Three Aspherical Elements
  • Nano Crystal & Super Integrated Coatings
An ultra-wide field of view along with a sleek form factor, the NIKKOR Z 20mm f/1.8 S from Nikon is a versatile prime well-suited to a range of subject types, from architecture to interiors to landscapes. An advanced optical design uses aspherical and ED elements to produce sharp, well-corrected imagery with high clarity and color accuracy, and both Nano Crystal and Super Integrated Coatings are also used to suppress flare and ghosting for greater color fidelity and higher contrast.
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Nikon NIKKOR Z 20mm f/1.8 S Overview

An ultra-wide field of view along with a sleek form factor, the NIKKOR Z 20mm f/1.8 S from Nikon is a versatile prime well-suited to a range of subject types, from architecture to interiors to landscapes. An advanced optical design uses aspherical and ED elements to produce sharp, well-corrected imagery with high clarity and color accuracy, and both Nano Crystal and Super Integrated Coatings are also used to suppress flare and ghosting for greater color fidelity and higher contrast.

Complementing the optical design, a multi-focus system, which employs two stepping motors, helps to realize impressively fast, accurate, and quiet focus performance, along with full-time manual focus override, to suit both stills and video needs. Additionally, a programmable control ring can be set for intuitive adjustment over a variety of camera and exposure settings.

Prime wide-angle lens is designed for FX-format Z-mount mirrorless cameras, however can also be used with DX models where it provides a 30mm equivalent focal length.
Bright f/1.8 maximum aperture suits working in difficult lighting conditions and also offers increased control over depth of field.
Three aspherical elements are used to reduce spherical aberrations and distortion in order to realize sharp imagery with accurate rendering.
Three extra-low dispersion elements greatly reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations throughout the zoom range 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.
Multi-focus system incorporates two separate AF drive units, which are synchronized, to deliver especially fast and accurate focusing performance. This system uses stepping motors, which offer impressively smooth and quiet autofocus qualities, that are 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 nine-blade diaphragm promotes a pleasing out of focus quality that benefits the use of shallow depth of field and selective focus techniques.
Dust- and moisture-resistant lens barrel benefits the lens' use in inclement conditions.
UPC: 018208200931

Nikon NIKKOR Z 20mm f/1.8 S Specs

Focal Length20mm
Maximum Aperturef/1.8
Minimum Aperturef/16
Lens MountNikon Z
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View94°
Minimum Focus Distance7.87" / 20 cm
Maximum Magnification0.19x
Optical Design14 Elements in 11 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size77 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)3.33 x 4.27" / 84.5 x 108.5 mm
Weight1.11 lb / 505 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.84 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)9 x 5.7 x 4.6"

Nikon NIKKOR Z 20mm f/1.8 S Reviews

Expensive lens but worth the price.

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

AT f/1.8 it is very sharp at center. Sharpness drops just a little at the corners. Stopping it down to f/2.8 improve center sharpness. At f/4 it has perfect sharpness corner to corner. Turning in-camera corrections off, there is a moderate amount of vignetting and barrel distortion which improves a bit at f/2.8 and remains the same after that. Here are a few points to consider: Focusing ring is very smooth. It is focus-by-wire and not mechanically coupled with the optical elements. So, no focus distance marking on the lens. Auto focus is fast and responsive even at low light Screw-on filters can mounted in front of the lens (77mm) Focus breathing is very small Good flair control Coma is very small at the corners, good for Astro photography Excellent sharpness across the image No image stabilization on the lens Overall, highly recommended

Nikon is BACK

By Jerome
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-13

One of the sharpest lenses EVER. Gold standard. Well done Nikon!!!

Love it

By Nicole
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-13

Love it

Very sharp

By Richard
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-07

This lens is as fast and sharp as the 85z. Probably my favorite at this point. Got it for a trip to Greece and street photography.

Excellent image quality

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

Perfect for astrophotography.

Edge to edge sharpness

By Benjamin
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-08

Bought this lens for astrophotography and landscape...wow!! Edge to edge sharpness at f1.8 with little or pretty much no chromatic aberrations in stars

Sharp. No Coma.

By Cj
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-04

The Nikon NIKKOR Z 20mm f/1.8 S lens is great for landscapes and astro. Super sharp and no coma in the stars. Happy with my purchase.

Great lens

By Laura
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-10-01

This lens is amazing for landscapes and astrophotography. I took it on our last vacation to Maine and got some amazing shots with it. Looking forward to taking it to Glacier/Yellowstone hopefully next year. It's super sharp and there is almost little to no coma in the stars. I had a canon rebel t6 before I switched over to my mirrorless Nikon Z6ii, worth every penny and what a world of difference. So glad I made the switch and decided to go with this lens.

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