The Nikon 40mm F2 now comes in a cute retro costume

The Nikon Z 40mm f2, one of my favorite lenses, is coming in full force with a brand new look. If you’re a fan of Nikon cameras and lenses from the 90s and earlier, you’re probably going to like this. The styling is similar to a few other Nikon Z lenses that have been released. But we’re more excited that it might leave us with a really big clue.

Technical specifications of the Nikon 40mm f2

These specs are taken from our review:

  • A compact and versatile prime lens ideal for everyday applications such as close-ups, casual portraits and food photography.
  • Provides fantastic bokeh and dramatic separation of subject from background.
  • The standard focal range hits the sweet spot of a natural angle of view, while still being wide enough for street photography. When mounted on a DX-format camera, the lens is equivalent to 60mm, which is an excellent focal length for flattering portraits.
  • Ultra-compact, weighing just 170g and only 1.8″ long, making it easy to carry for day trips.
  • Constructed with 6 elements in 4 groups with a 9-blade diaphragm that creates beautiful circular bokeh that draws attention to the subject.
  • Uses an electromagnetic diaphragm for precise aperture control and stable exposure during continuous shooting.
  • The NIKKOR Z 40mm f2 offers a short minimum focusing distance of 0.29m (0.96ft), which is excellent for capturing food and top-down shots of backdrops and tabletop scenes.
  • Designed with dust and drip-proof performance in mind with a seal that prevents dust and water droplets from entering the lens.
  • Video shooters will benefit from quiet operation, natural focus shifting that allows for smooth shifts when transitioning from close focus to infinity, reduced focus breathing, and smooth opening control.
  • The lens has a built-in control ring, which can be customized and assigned to adjust focus, ISO, aperture and exposure compensation.
  • Price of $299.95. But the retro version will cost $309.95.

In our review, of the original variant, we stated:

If you’re still wondering whether or not you should jump into the Nikon Z camera system, the Nikon 40mm f2 z should help you change your mind. The company has offered several autofocus updates to its cameras. And with each, the cameras and autofocus performance have genuinely improved. That said, the Nikon 40mm f2 z may be fast, but Nikon’s autofocus algorithms are still a little wonky.

Is the new Nikon Zf coming soon?

Of course, Nikon is also announcing a new black edition of the Nikon ZFc. But that’s less important than what may be on the horizon.

Come on, you can’t sit here staring at a 40mm f2 full frame lens and think a Nikon Zf camera isn’t coming. It must be. So many photographers have been waiting for this for so long and the hype is real. If Nikon decides to do this and does it perfectly, it will be a huge win for photographers rather than content creators. Many of us want a camera like this. Nikon could potentially take market share away from Fujifilm if they did. But of course, it has to be done well. Nikon really needs to look into the retro aesthetic. Fujifilm has already shown that you don’t have to create a camera for video to be successful. Instead, the photographers will be the ones who stick with you in the end.

Hopefully that new Nikon 40mm f2 lens means a ZF is coming next year.

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