We are barely in 2019, and the rumors are already flying at a fast pace regarding Nikon’s Z-Mount mirrorless lenses. I haven’t even had time to break my New Year resolutions. Nikon did offer up a roadmap of what to expect, but like every company, the actual release date for lenses was left murky.
Like all rumors, expect these dates to change at any given moment. It’s the nature of the beast.
Nikkor Z Lenses
One lens that is almost a definite in the first quarter of 2019 is the massive Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct. The ultra-fast lens is billed as the reason why the Z6 and Z7 are revolutionary. Granted, it’s also manual focus, so what’s old is new again. Nikon’s Noct does have a rumor circulating it could be released this month, which could steal some of the limelight from Sony.
The second lens joining the Z family in Q1 should be the Nikkor Z 14-30mm f/4. Yeah, it doesn’t have the ring of an f/0.95, but Nikon needs to fill out a catalog of dedicated mirrorless lenses in a hurry. Plus, the 14-30mm focal length is intriguing.
Looking forward to the second quarter of 2019, we should see Nikon fill out the prime selection with the Nikkor Z 20mm and 85mm. Both are f/1.8.
Q3 for Nikon looks to have both the Nikkor Z 24-70mm and 70-200mm f/2.8 lenses. That’s a full year after the release of the Z6 and Z7, but better late than never.
Looking through the six lenses slated for 2019, you’re not alone in noticing a pattern. It’s only the manual focus 58mm f/0.95 Noct delivering on the ultra-fast lens promise.
That’s more than a bit worrying for Nikon fans looking for the killer feature over Sony’s catalog of mirrorless cameras and lenses. Is the lens a gimmick? It’s a fair question when the Nikkor Z 50mm f/1.2 is slated for 2020.
Nikon Camera Releases?
Right now, the only solid rumors are on the DSLR side of the company. All the rumors are pointing towards a replacement for the Nikon D750 with the D760. Yes, the D750 is getting old, but fresh off the full-frame mirrorless announcements? That’s a risk considering the D760 is likely to answer the criticisms leveled at the Z6 and Z7. Dual card slots. I couldn’t resist, but we all know if an entry-level full-frame DSLR has them, it will be one uncomfortable session for Nikon’s marketing team.
And that kicks off the Nikon 2019 rumors. Keep it locked here as we will keep our ears to the ground for any changes or additions to the Nikon family.