Nikon Inc. has announced the NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2 (SE), a new special edition lens with a heritage design that takes inspiration from the era of iconic manual NIKKOR lenses. This fast aperture, compact prime lens is the perfect union of old and new, creating a stylish, fun-to-use lens with the modern optical tech for Z series mirrorless cameras.
Whether you’re looking for a super-small lens with a comfortably familiar feel, or just vibing on the retro aesthetic, the new lens pairs perfectly with any Nikon Z series camera. With a distinctive and eye-catching design, the NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2 (SE) is a special edition of the NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2, and is an ideal match for the heritage-styled Z fc. The lens is small enough to accompany APS-C mirrorless cameras like the Z 50, Z fc or Z 30, while also a great light and compact “walk-around” lens for Z 5, Z 611, and Z &II users.
“This lens hits every sweet spot; it’s designed with a cool vintage look, while being fast, sharp, and affordable and super compact.” Said Jay Vannatter, Executive Vice President, Nikkon Inc.
The special edition of the 40mm f/2’s intricate knurling is based on careful study of the authentic, original NIKKOR design. The lens body has a substantial grip similar to manual lenses, yet also features modern design elements such as a control ring for customizable versatility.
The NIKKOR Z 40 mm f/2 (SE) is simply a fun lens to use, with a fast f/2 abetter that makes it great in low light with a shallow depth of field that draws attention to the subject. The lens is so small and easy to carry around, while bringing exceptional sharpness for street photos and candid portraits. It also offers a natural angle of view (60mm-equivalent when attached to a DX body) which is idea for shooting portraits, stills, and standard perspective videos with gorgeous, blurred backgrounds and excellent low-light performance.
NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2 (SE): Standard Prime with Vintage Lens
- A compact, versatile prime lens that is ideal for everyday creation of casual portraits, street snaps, food photography and more.
- Delivers fantastic blurred backgrounds with beautiful bokeh, and a dramatic separation of the subject from the background.
- Ultra-compact, weighing only approximately 6 oz (170g) and only 1.8” long.
- Built with 6 elements in 4 groups, with a 9-blade diaphragm for natural out of focus area.
Electronic diaphragm delivers precise aperture control for stable exposure during continuous shooting.
- Focuses as close at 0.96ft (0.29m), which is excellent for capturing food and top-down continuous shooting.
- Designed with consideration for dust and drip-resistant performance with a sealing that prevents dust and water droplets from entering the lens.
- Content and video creators will appreciate the quiet operation and natural focus shift that allows from close focusing to infinity, reduced focus breathing and smooth aperture control.
- Integrated customizable control ring can be assigned to adjust focus, ISO, aperture and exposure compensation.
- Small-diameter, high torque STM (stepping motor) in the AF mechanism ensures outstandingly quiet, fast and accurate operation, while realizing a great balance of compact size and superb AF control performance.
Nikon Z fc Black Edition
Nikon has also announced a new stylized version of the Nikon Z fc, which is now available as an all-black edition as a respectful homage to the original color schemes. The Z is a mirrorless camera with a design that evokes the essence of the legendary FM2 film camera, and this new design will surely appeal to those who appreciate subtle minimalism.
The Z fc is a compact and lightweight mirrorless camera, offering all the benefits of modern technology combined with stylish and satisfying precision carved analog dials. It features a 20.9-megapixel APS-C sensor for amazing image quality even in low light, combined with advanced technology such as full time Eye-Detection AF, 4K 30p video capture, and a vary-angle blogger-style LCD screen to creatively compose. The Z fc makes it simple and fun to capture your content; users can embrace full manual control, or use the powerful automatic settings to easily capture stellar photos and videos that get noticed.
The Z fc is also currently available in the attractive black and silver scheme, as well as additional stylish colors including Amber Brown, White, Natural Gray, Sand Beige, Coral Pink and Mint Green.
Price and Availability
The new NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2 (SE) will be available in early 2023, and will retail for $309.95 SRP at authorized Nikon dealers. The new Nikon Z fc Black Edition paired with the NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR lens will be available in late November for $1199.95 SRP and will be available exclusively through the Nikon Store.