Nikkor Z 24-70 F4 S
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Nikkor Z 24-70 F4 S

The standard 'kit' lens for the Z7 and Z6 at launch, the Nikkor Z 24-70 F4 S is a lightweight constant-aperture zoom which features a buttonless retractable design, to save on overall size when the lens isn't being used. Optical construction consists of 14 elements in 11 groups, including one aspherical ED (extra low dispersion) element and three regular aspheres. Nikon's Nano Crystal coat is employed to reduce flare and ghosting, and a flourine coating on the exposed elements should make it easier to clean moisture and fingerprints from the glass.

Autofocus is driven by a stepping motor, and (in common with all of the new z-mount lenses) manual focus-by-wire is also available. The slim focus ring (Nikon calls it a 'control ring') can also be customized to allow control over aperture and exposure compensation.

Our initial optical impressions are that it is surprisingly sharp across the frame even wide open, but its bokeh suffers from onion rings and other patterns - which can lead to 'busy bokeh - presumably due to the use of aspherical elements. This is not uncommon in new lens designs optimized for sharpness, and the amount to which it might be distracting is likely to vary from copy to copy of any particular lens.

Like all of the new Z-mount optics, the Nikkor Z 24-70 F4 S is a pretty lightweight lens at 500g, but feels well made. It features a minimum focus distance of 30cm (11.8 inches) and has 72mm filter threads. The 24-70mm F4 will ship alongside the Z7 in September for $999.