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Nikon Z Mount Lenses: the Ultimate Guide

A Complete List of NIKKOR Z and 3rd Party Z Mount Mirrorless Lenses

UPDATED: December 10, 2020

To the best of our knowledge, this is a complete list of native Nikon Z mount lenses. If you know of any Z-Mount lenses currently in production that are not on this list, please let us know. Affiliate Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Z Mount Lenses – FX (Full Frame)

Z Mount Lenses – DX (APS-C)

All of the above full frame lenses will work on crop sensor Nikon Z Mount mirrorless bodies like the Nikon Z50. The following lenses are optimized for APS-C sensor sizes, and may be smaller and lighter as a result. These lenses will only work correctly on full frame bodies in DX crop mode, and may otherwise exhibit heavy vignetting around the edge of the frame.

Table Key

Min FL – Minimum Focal Length
Zm FL – Zoom Focal Length
Max Apt – Maximum Aperture
Zm Apt – Zoom Aperture
AF – Autofocus
Mcr – Macro
Min FD – Minimum Focusing Distance
Ele – Elements
Grp – Groups
Bld – Aperture Blades
Dia – Filter Diameter
Wt – Weight
VR – Vibration Reduction
WS – Weather Sealed

Adapting Nikon F-Mount Lenses

When Nikon first announced their FX and DX mirrorless cameras, the first question on many photographers’ minds was whether you could still use the current Nikon DSLR lens mount on mirrorless bodies. According to Nikon, the FTZ Lens Adapter will allow you to adapt approximately 360 DSLR lenses to use with their mirrorless system, 90 of which are of the AF-S, AF-P or AF-I type and have full AF/AE capability.

NIKON Mount Adapter FTZ for Adapting F-Mount Lenses to Nikon Z Mirrorless Cameras
  • Precisely engineered Adapter for using F-mount nikkor lenses on Z Mirrorless cameras
  • Compatible with over 360 F-mount nikkor lenses and Teleconverter
  • Connected lenses retain full sharpness and image quality and gain benefits of in-camera VR, Hybrid AF, silent shooting, focus Peaking and more
  • Crafted from magnesium alloy and weather-sealed to preserve durability of camera and lenses

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Unfortunately, older Nikkor AF and AF-D lenses, which depended on a screw drive motor in the body of the camera to drive autofocus, became manual focus lenses on Z mount bodies. It’s understandable that Nikon would want to save on the cost and weight of including a screw drive mechanism in the adapter, but hopefully in the future there will be an option for those who want it.

The full list of current Nikon DSLR lenses can be found here. Any AF-S and AF-P lenses in this list should autofocus fine with the adapter. The adapter will not add autofocus capability to any manual lenses.

Adapting Canon EF Lenses

One interesting recent development is the Fringer EF-NZ Adapter, which allows you to adapt Canon EF Mount glass to Nikon Z-Mount bodies.

I have not tried this yet, but many people claim that it works just as well as Nikon’s FTZ adapter. In fact, Ken Rockwell says it often gives him better results than the FTZ adapter.

Fringer EF-NZ for Canon to Nikon Lens Adapter Auto Focus Adapter Ring Compatible with Canon EF Lens to Nikon Z Mount Zfc Z5 Z6 Z7 Z50 Cameras Adapters
  • 【High Compatibility】: Fringer EF-NZ lens Auto focus mount adapter ring support Z6/Z7/Z50 and other Z mount cameras released in the future.Theoretically,all EF/EF-S mount lenses relatively new are supported.
  • 【AF function】: AF-C/AF-F Focus tracking. Support focus speed setting on camera meau. The lens adapter is similar performance as Nikon FTZ adapter. Support AF-S,AF-C,AF-F(video only) and MF. Support Single-point AF, Dynamic-area AF, Wide-area AF,Auto-area AF as well as Face/Eye-Detection AF.
  • 【Aperture Control】: The design has a built-in aperture motor and an electronic contact, which can control the aperture of the lens by means of an electronic contact.
  • 【Built-in IS Stabilization】Built-in IS stability, supporting lens IS(OS,VC)functions & camera IS(OS,VC)functions(both cannot be simultaneous), which make your focus more precise and clear, which better help you take pictures.
  • 【Material & Design】: CNC made mount bayonets and body.Lens and camera mount made of Brass.Adapter body made of alloy.This auto focus lens adapter is attached with an L-shaped wrench to remove the foot stand.Provides more balanced installation options.

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Third Party Autofocus Lenses for Nikon Z-Mount

As of December 2020, the first and only third-party autofocus lens for the Z-Mount system has been released for sale: the VILTROX 85mm f/1.8 STM. Reviews of this lens for Fujifilm and Sony mounts have been quite good, so it is an exciting development for the Nikon mirrorless ecosystem, with more autofocus lenses hopefully in the works.

VILTROX 85mm F1.8 STM Autofocus Large Aperture Full-Frame Portrait Lens Wide Compatible with Nikon Z-Mount Z5/Z6/Z7/Z6 II
  • 【SUPPORT AUTO FOCUS & EYE FOCUS】Adopts steady, quick and smooth AUTO FOCUS, Which can capture the high speed moving objects, widely compatible with Full Frame cameras, after installing Nikon Z camera, support Sony body to view aperture, shutter, exposure compensation and others.
  • 【85MM F1.8 STM AF LENS】The 85mm focal length can be easily switched between a half-length portrait and a full-length portrait. Whether it's a full-frame body or APS-C, you will find that you always have the right distance from the subject when using the 85mm lens. F1.8 Large Aperture offers beautiful defocusing effects and enables massive amount of light for low-light or dimly lit shooting scenarios.
  • 【10 ELEMENTS IN 7 GROUPS】Features with 10 elements in 7 groups, ideal aperture with 9 blades. New optical technology for good image quality.85mm large aperture telephoto portrait fixed-focus lens, support NikonZ mount. The lens has excellent close-up shooting ability, focusing distance is 80cm~∞and the image ratio of small object distance can reach 1: 8.
  • 【PRECISE METAL ELECTRONIC CONTACT】The lens is equipped with built-in metal electronic contacts, supports EXIF information transmission, electronic automatic iris adjustment, can record digital photo attribute information and shooting data. The lens bottom has micro USB upgraded port, can download newest firmware from VILTROX website to make to make greater lens performance.
  • 【DURABLE & LIGHTWEIGHT STRUCTURE WITH LOTUS HOOD PROTECTION】The All-metal body structure ensures lens assembly accuracy and durability, which only weight 540g lighter than the original version ; Designed with LOTUS LENS HOOD which can be used to reduce flare or scattering light of ghosts and avoid rain, snow or sticking to the front of the lens.

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Tamron Lenses for Nikon Z-Mount

Tamron has expressed interest in reverse-engineering the Nikon Z-Mount protocol and developing a line of native Z-Mount mirrorless lenses. This would be an exciting addition to the system, given their solid offerings for the Sony E-Mount system as of late.

On June 15, 2020, NikonRumors.com reported a tip that Tamron is indeed pursuing a Z-Mount line, but development has been subject to COVID-related delays.

In a June 17, 2020 interview with Englewood Camera, Tamron sales representative Mark Morris confirmed that the company was definitely developing lenses for Nikon and Canon full-frame mirrorless mounts:

“Under development, for both. It’s one of those things where it’s very clear, the mirrorless paradigm is our focus… We want to support as many photographers as we possibly can… we don’t like not being an option, so as much as we can we’ll support as many as we can.”

Mark Morris, interview with Englewood Camera, June 2020

Popular recent lenses like the Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 will work well with the Nikon FTZ adapter:

Tamron 24-70mm F/2.8 G2 Di VC USD G2 Zoom Lens for Nikon Mount
  • Eband coating provides superior anti-reflection Properties, and Reduces flare and ghosting
  • High performance MPU for AF dramatically improves autofocusing accuracy and speed
  • Dedicated MPU delivers the highest image stabilization in class at 5 CIPA-rated stops
  • New VC auto detect mode 2 for panning and focal length is 24-70mm. Minimum Focus Distance-0.38m (15 inch)
  • Fluorine coating and moisture-resistant construction

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Tamron maintains a Z-Mount compatibility list for its adapted DSLR lenses here.

Sigma Lenses for Nikon Z-Mount

In a February 3, 2020 interview with Sigma CEO Kazuto Yamaki, he states, “We are now looking at the Canon and Nikon mirrorless systems, but we are still studying the systems, and have not decided whether or not we will make the lenses for them.”

Adapting Sigma Lenses

In September of 2018, Sigma released a statement assuring customers that all of their current lenses are fully functional on Nikon Z-Mount cameras using the FTZ adapter. However, some of their older lenses may have issues or work in manual focus mode only:

Operating condition of Nikon “Z7” and SIGMA’s interchangeable lenses for Nikon mount

Thank you for purchasing and using our products.

We would like to announce that we have confirmed that SIGMA’s interchangeable lenses for Nikon mount in the current lineup do not have any issues with general operation when they are used on the “Z7”, released by Nikon Corporation, via their “Mount Adapter FTZ”.

In addition, please note the information below when using the following lenses.

Interchangeable lenses that do not incorporate an AF drive motor will operate only in manual focus.

Some interchangeable lenses shipped out before November 2013 that are not compatible with the latest DSLR cameras will not operate.

We will continue verification and provide updates on the operating conditions including discontinued models.

For further information, please contact your nearest authorized SIGMA subsidiary / distributor.

https://www.sigma-global.com/en/about/world-network/

We appreciate your continued support for our company and products.

Sigma’s well-rated 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art Lens for Nikon F works well with the Nikon FTZ adapter, and compatibility in edge cases has even been improved through 2019 firmware updates:

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Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art Lens for Nikon F
  • OS functionality and newly designed HSM for success on any shoot
  • Lens barrel designed for high rigidity
  • This all-new 24-70mm F2.8 lens from SIGMA delivers the performance and functionality that help pros succeed in news, nature, and many other fields of photography.

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Nikon Z Mount Roadmap: 2021 and Beyond

We have seen that support for third-party Z mount lenses in the past 2-3 years has been solid, although the addition of non-adapted Tamron and Sigma Z mount lens options would be a huge step in developing an ecosystem as robust as say, Sony’s.

Unlike Sony, Nikon’s refusal to open their lens specifications to third-party manufacturers forces them to reverse-engineer the interface with the camera. As a result, we have seen a lot of manual-focus only Z mount lenses from smaller manufacturers, but a delay in product offerings from larger companies like Tamron and Sigma.

However, Nikon itself is introducing an solid array of autofocus Z mount lenses at a steady pace. Here is their latest Nikon Z lens roadmap as of October 14th, 2020:

Nikon’s “To Be Announced” Lenses

  • 85mm S-Line Prime (speculated to be f/1.2 to match the 50mm f/1.2 and the Canon RF 85mm f/1.2)
  • 400mm S-Line Prime
  • 600mm S-Line Prime
  • 28mm Compact Prime
  • 40mm Compact Prime
  • Micro 50mm
  • Micro 105mm S-Line
  • 24-105mm S-Line Zoom
  • 100-400mm S-Line Zoom
  • 18-140mm DX Zoom
  • 200-600mm Zoom

What is Nikon S-Line?

Nikon refers to S-line as a “badge of honor” for NIKKOR Z lenses. Basically, it means that these lenses are held to a higher standard of quality in production and performance.

According to Nikon, S-line lenses should be able to shoot wide open with little to no degradation in sharpness, and exhibit superior resolution and edge-to-edge sharpness.

In addition, they offer features for filmmakers such as a smooth control ring and low noise, as well as special coatings and weather resistance.

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