Nikon NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S Lens DxOMark Review: Great All-Rounder for Nikon Z Users
DxOMark published their Nikon NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S Lens test results: Tested on the 45.7MP Nikon Z7, the Nikon NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S Lens achieves an outstanding overall score of 24 points, with a combination of 17 P-Mpix Sharpness, 4.1 TStop Transmission, 1% Distortion, -1.7 EV Vignetting and 15μm Chr.aberration.
Nikon NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S Lens Key Features
- Z-Mount Lens/FX Format
- Constant f/4 Maximum Aperture
- Four ED and Four Aspherical Elements
- Nano Crystal & Super Integrated Coatings
- Stepping Motor AF System
- Programmable Control Ring
- Weather-Sealed Design, Fluorine Coating
- Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm
- Retractable Design
Conclusion from DxOMark:
With its ultra-wide angle of view and truly compact dimensions, the Nikkor Z 14-30mm F4 S is without doubt a highly appealing solution. Couple that with a flat front and the ability to add 82mm screw-in filters, and the new Nikkor seems ideally suited to landscape and travel photography. While open -perture performance is a bit lacking, the lens performs pretty well only one stop down at all focal lengths, including at the vaunted 14mm focal length.
With the mirrorless Z cameras’ in-body stabilization, using F5.6 with a low ISO might not be that challenging, and it is of course of little or no consequence when used on a tripod. Given the choice between it and a lens with more limited coverage or a much heavier and larger lens with better open-aperture performance, the Nikkor Z 14-30mm F4 S seems to strike a happy medium. And with a price of around $1300, it shouldn’t be overlooked. Read the full review at DxOMark.