Nikkor Z 50mm F1.8 S
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Nikkor Z 50mm F1.8 S

Nikon is pretty proud of this one, and based on our early impressions, the company seems to have good reason. The Nikkor Z 50mm F1.8 S is an extremely sharp standard prime lens for the Z-mount, which Nikon claims has "nearly zero aberrations" when shot wide open at F1.8.

The 50mm F1.8 incorporates a nine-blade aperture, and optical construction consists of 12 elements in 9 groups, including two ED elements and two aspherical elements. Like the 24-70mm, the 50mm employs Nano Crystal coating to reduce flare and ghosting. Minimum focus is 40cm (15.7 inches). Autofocus performance seems broadly comparable to Nikon's 50mm F1.4 AF-S. It's positive (and almost completely silent), but not as snappy as some of Nikon's ring motor-equipped fast-aperture lenses.

A subtle but very welcome addition to the lens hoods of the new Z-mount range (masked off in our shots of these early pre-production units) is a text panel which lists the lens with which the hood is compatible, and its filter thread.

The Nikkor Z 50mm F1.8 S will ship in late October for $599.