Chances are your Nikon Z mirrorless camera came with a kit lens, whether it was the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S lens, NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR lens, NIKKOR Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3, NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR or the NIKKOR Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 lens. The versatile zoom lenses that are often bundled with cameras aim to immediately put a camera and lens combination in your hands that'll capture the variety of subjects and situations a mirrorless creator—photographer or filmmaker—like yourself is likely to encounter.
As you explore digital photography more and more, you may discover that there's one specific type of image—or video—that especially captures your imagination. Mirrorless cameras utilize interchangeable lenses—which means you can swap one lens for another depending on what you want to achieve.
There are dozens of mirrorless NIKKOR Z lenses to choose from. The lenses included in this article are all under $1,000.
Get in closer with a telephoto
Want to increase the reach to be able to photograph wildlife or other subjects that are some distance away? A telephoto lens would be what you’d want. More specifically a telephoto zoom lens will give you more versatility and flexibility in creating images and video.
All-in-one lenses are great for those creators who like to keep a camera with them wherever they go but who don’t want to carry multiple lenses. One lens will give you the option of shooting from wide to standard to telephoto and everywhere in between. Capture that majestic vista or isolate your subject from the background and get closer to the action with just one lens.
Nikon’s mirrorless lenses that fall into the all-in-one category include:
NIKKOR Z DX 18-140mm f/3.5-6.3 VR is a great all in one lens offering an ultra-wide focal length of 18mm through the telephoto zoom of 140mm. This lens is ideal for APS-C size/DX format cameras. It can also be used on a full-frame/FX format camera and would effectively become a 27-210mm focal length.
NIKKOR Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR lens with a wide 24mm through 200mm telephoto zoom. This lens is ideal for full-frame/FX format cameras and compatible with APS-C/DX format camera bodies too, effectively becomming a 36-300mm focal length lens. You can also achieve this focal length by setting a full-frame/FX format camera to DX crop mode.
Are you more interested in the close-up world of nature or the small details of everyday life? Then a Micro-NIKKOR lens, like the NIKKOR Z MC 50mm f/2.8 lens is ideal for you. This lens will get you close enough to reproduce images at life-size. Capture the delicate details of flowers, diminutive creatures like bees, butterflies, other insects and more.
Lenses for low-light shooting
In most cases the speed of your kit lens—that is, its maximum aperture—will be suitable for average lighting conditions, but if you often find yourself shooting in low-light situations, there are prime lens and zoom lens options that will fit the bill.
The NIKKOR Z 28-75mm f/2.8 lens is an affordable option for those who want to be able to create photos and videos with the beautiful bokeh and faster shutter speeds that large aperture lenses are known for.
The NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S is also a popular lens for shooting with APS-C size/DX format cameras as well as full-frame/FX format mirrorless, offering almost the exact field of view that the human eye sees. The fast f/1.8 aperture makes it ideal for low-light situations.
A few other options for low-light shooting that are also ideal for those folks who want to capture the great outdoors (or indoors) are the NIKKOR Z 20mm f/1.8 S, NIKKOR Z 24mm f/1.8 S and NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 lenses. These offer an even larger maximum aperture than the lenses mentioned above and let you capture wide expansive landscapes or cityscapes or include a subject within their environment.
If you're a people person, consider the NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S, a medium telephoto prime lens that's ideal for portraits as well as general and low-light shooting.
The NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2 is a great all-around lens with a natural angle of view and its compact size means it’s a lightweight option to keep on your camera all of the time. This maximum aperture of this lens will also let you create content with beautiful bokeh wide open, allowing your subject to stand out from the background.
Ultimately, knowing which lens is the next lens for you is really a matter of first figuring out the type of photography you love and then following your passion to create!
Nikon offers a variety of lenses for the mirrorless Z system lens options—prime lenses, zoom lenses from wide-angle to super-telephoto, macro and more—many affordable options for your needs.
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