Nikon's compact, fast-aperture 40mm F2 lens for its Z-mount cameras has just hit store shelves in the Pacific Northwest, and ties the Z 28mm F2.8 as one of Nikon's least-expensive options in the lineup.

We're impressed not only with just how lightweight this lens is, but also the fact that it feels well-built and balances nicely on full-frame cameras. We've gotten straight to shooting with it around Seattle to see what its $299 USD asking price gets you in terms of image quality on high-resolution Z7 camera bodies. Short version: It's not the best lens Nikon has ever made, but it's a lot of fun.

Check out our gallery of samples from the Nikon Z 40mm F2