Ultra-wide-angle lenses are well-known for their ability to capture impressive images of expansive landscapes and majestic structures. Wide-angle zoom lenses, in particular, are also much prized for their versatility in coverage. They are not without their inherent quirks, but by leveraging on the design flexibility in the Z mount, Nikon has ensured that the NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S provides excellent image quality, high optical performance, portability and usability like never before. (Photos and report by Peeradon A)
Nikon Z 6 / NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4s / FL:14mm / Manual Exposure (f/13, 1/125 sec, ISO100)
At approximately 485g, the NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S is small and light for an ultra-wide-angle lens. This not only makes it easy to carry everywhere I want, it also provides me the flexibility to explore places, imagine, and find new, creative angles to shoot from. For this shot taken at the Tokyo International Forum in Tokyo, Japan, I had to be very close to the wood-ribbed wall, where the patterns of the wall form leading lines that draw attention to the character, and this was enhanced by the 14mm ultra-wide-angle perspective. When you look up to the sky, you will notice that the metal bars look like the Japanese character ‘大’, which means “Big”. Despite the strong backlight, the Nano Crystal Coat kept flaring well under control, as the clean and clear sunburst shows. The image is sharp with no visible distortion even at the edges, and I was impressed that such a tiny lens could deliver such high-quality images.
Nikon Z 7 / NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S / FL: 16mm / Manual Exposure (f/7.1/ 180 sec/ ISO 64) With ND1000 filter
One more thing that stands out about the NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S is its ability to accept screw-in circular filters. In fact, it is the world’s first filter-attachable full-frame FX-format ultra-wide-angle lens*. For this shot, I have used an ND1000 filter, which allowed me to shoot 10 shutter speed stops’ slower without the shot becoming overexposed. The very long exposure makes the sky looks like it is in motion, and smoothened the water so that the buildings are reflected softly. 16mm helped me to achieve the best framing for this shot, but it is nice to have the option to shoot with a filter at 14mm!
*Among full-frame FX-format interchangeable lenses for digital cameras with interchangeable lenses with a focal range beginning at 14 mm or lower, available as of January 8, 2019. Statement based on Nikon research.
Whether it is urban scenes or landscapes, I usually travel to shoot them, which makes agility a major consideration when I choose my gear. Every gram in the pocket must be worth it!
When the NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S is attached to the Nikon Z 6 or Z 7, the total weight is only a little over 1kg—a perfect combination for both travel and work. The lens is not just light and compact, it is versatile: Its 14 to 30mm focal range lets you capture a variety of situations, and the small 82mm filter diameter and slim front lens element allows you to attach a screw-in filter for additional creative expression. On top of all that, because of optical design factors such as the application of the Nano Crystal Coat, it delivers sharp images while handling backlight well, and provides almost no visible distortion even at the 14mm wide-angle end. That is astounding performance packed into one compact lens, and I can’t wait for everyone to try it out.
ED lens elements
Aspherical lens elements
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A young up-and-coming photographer in Nikon Thailand’s “Nikon Youth Team”, Peeradon sees photography as the best tool to communicate with people regardless of their identity, as there are no barriers to conveying the photographer’s message to the audience. As an architecture student, he is particularly drawn to buildings and structures, and seeks to incorporate patterns and lines into his photos.