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Nikon Unveils Nikkor Z 24–70mm F/2.8 S, New Firmware for AF-C Eye-AF and CFexpress

Nikon’s Z series of mirrorless cameras have gained an important edge especially amongst power users and professionals with the introduction of the Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S. 

The middle link in the “trinity” of professional zoom lenses, the Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S leverages on great optical design to deliver excellent optical performance. 

The Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S. Image: Nikon

With reduced aberrations and enhanced sharpness, the Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S also boasts a new ARNEO coating alongside the company’s proprietary Nano Crystal Coat for ultra-low reflectance of incident light ensuring reduced ghosts and flare artefacts. 

The lens is also dust, drip and dirt resistant, with the implementation of sealing and a fluorine coat that provides anti-fouling protection. This lends greater peace of mind in a larger variety of situations, and enables easy cleaning and maintenance. 

The Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S is ideal for both stills and videography, with a dedicated focus ring enabling smooth focus racking. Focus breathing is also reduced, preventing focal-length changes while adjusting focus. An electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism enables accurate aperture control even in high-speed shooting or during movie recording.

Sample image taken with the Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S. Image: Nikon

Its robust build quality also emphasises a premium quality and user-oriented implementation. A felt-lined lens hood reduces incident light reflection. An additional control ring on the lens also allows for adjustments to be made without noisy or disruptive button presses or dial movements. On its top, a lens information panel provides instant read-outs of aperture, focus distance, depth of field and other camera settings – customised for the photographer’s requirements. 

New firmware enhances performance

Nikon also announced the development of firmware that promises to enhance the capabilities of its Nikon Z7 and Z6 cameras that were launched late last year.

The update, currently in development, is intended to provide support of Eye-Detection Autofocus no only in AF-S (single AF), but also with AF-C (continuous AF) for dynamic and active subjects. The feature will enable the photographer to specify which eye the autofocus system should prioritise, enhancing the flexibility of the system.

The AF/AE system will also be improved to keep up with the devices’ continuous high-speed (extended) mode, adjusting quickly to changing exposure requirements even in burst shooting. Low-light AF will also be improved for both stills and video.

RAW video output will also be supported, enabling 4K UHD and Full HD RAW files to be transmitted to external recorders, enabling rich 12-bit colour capture for more possibilities post-production.

The new firmware will also add support for CF Express, a new standard for memory cards. With a high level of reliability and high-speed performance, users will be able to use XQD and CF Express cards with their devices. Nikon D5, D850 and D500 models with XQD card slots will also support this new standard.



Ian Ling
Ian is the resident Tech Monkey and Head of Content at VR Zone. His training in Economics and Political Science is at the basis of his love for journalism and storytelling. A photographer by passion, and an audiophile by obsession, Ian is captivated by all forms of tech that makes enthusiasts tick.

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