At the beginning of 2020 the Nikon Z Series lens lineup consists of 11 lenses. At the annual CES show in January 2020, Nikon showed a more detailed version of the Z Series lens roadmap for the next couple of years.
It’s hardly a surprise by now, but clearly it is full steam ahead for Nikon and the Z Series, with a further 12 lenses expected between the beginning of 2020 and sometime in 2021.
Notable inclusions in the roadmap include a 100-400mm lens in the high-end S-Line, as well as a 200-600mm lens that is sure to delight those that have previous used, or lusted after, the popular F-Mount 200-500mm VR lens. Landscape photographers will also be pleased to see a 14-24mm f/2.8 lens as part of f/2.8 S-Line holy trinity.
While the inclusion of the 200-600mm lens on the roadmap will please many, it should be noted that this is not a “professional” S-Line lens. The aperture of the lens hasn’t been confirmed, but my guess would be for it to compete directly with the Sony 200-600mm lens and deliver a variable aperture of f/5.6-6.3.
So, for now there are no constant aperture super telephoto prime lenses on the roadmap. Sony has (at the start of 2020) a 400mm and 600mm, with heavy rumours of more big primes to come later in the year (300mm and 500mm likely). Canon is also rumoured to be launching a 500mm lens for their mirrorless system in the not too distant future. Of course Nikon can and will make a mirrorless super telephoto lens, but the fact that it isn’t on this roadmap yet suggests to me that the appropriate camera to match that lens, something very fast and professionally robust, is not yet close to launch.
I’m glad to see Nikon taking a leaf out of Fuji’s books and publicly unveiling a lens roadmap though! It makes it much easier for people to plan their purchases in this weird crossover DSLR-to-mirrorless period that many people find themselves in. I think it’s a smart move, and there’s a lot of compelling lenses on this list. If or when the roadmap gets updated, we will update this post.
Nikkor Z Lens Roadmap
Note: If you are unfamiliar with the names and nomenclature used by Nikon to describe their Nikkor lenses, I recommend you also read our previous article entitled Nikon and Nikkor Lens Terminology and Abbreviations.
|Nikon NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S||First week of February 2020||Launched at CES 2020|
|Nikon NIKKOR Z 14-24 f/2.8 S||Before the end of 2021||Unsure about whether this lens will have VR or not.|
|Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-105mm f/4 VR S||Before the end of 2021|
|Nikon NIKKOR Z 20mm f/1.8 S||Launched Feb 2020|
|Nikon NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.4||Before the end of 2021|
|Nikon NIKKOR Z 40mm||Before the end of 2021||As this lens is not part of the S-Line, the current best guess is that this lens will be a lightweight f/2.8 lens.|
|Nikon NIKKOR Z 28mm||Before the end of 2021||As this lens is not part of the S-Line, the current best guess is that this lens will be a lightweight f/2.8 lens.|
|Nikon Micro NIkkOR Z 60mm||Before the end of 2021||As this lens is not part of the S-Line, the current best guess is that this lens will be a lightweight f/2.8 lens.|
|Nikon Micro NIKKOR Z 105mm f/2.8 VR||Before the end of 2021|
|Nikon NIKKOR Z 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 S VR||Before the end of 2021|
|Nikon NIKKOR DX 18-140mm||Before the end of 2021||Aperture range is currently unknown. Best guess would be f/3.5-5.6 like the old F-Mount version.|
|Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR||Launched Feb 2020|
|Nikon NIKKOR 200-600mm VR||Before the end of 2021||Aperture range is currently unknown. Best guess would be f/5.6-6.3.|