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Our 2019 resolutions for Nikon:

  • Keep developing that Z-series lens roadmap.
  • Bring 3D AF Tracking to the Z-series.
  • Make an FTZ adapter with a built-in AF motor.
  • Make the Z mount an open standard.

How things panned out: 1/4

We didn't do a great job of anticipating Nikon's moves in 2019, but nobody said that new years' resolutions were easy, especially when you're making them for other people. Nikon didn't add a version of 3D AF tracking to the Z-series this year, but it did introduce a new camera, in the form of the APS-C Z50. Pending some final testing, we've been pretty impressed by its performance so far, but it basically has the same autofocus behavior as the Z6 and Z7.

The only one of our resolutions on behalf of Nikon which ended up becoming reality was perhaps the most obvious one - continued development of the Z-mount lens lineup.

We've really been impressed by the Z-series lenses so far, and 2019 saw the release of the standout Z 24-70mm F2.8 S and Z 85mm F1.8 S, with more still to come on the roadmap.