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The Nikkor Z 14-30 mm f/4 S was launched in India on 8th January 2018 and is the first ultra-wide-angle zoom lens from Nikon to have a filter attachment. The lens is designed for Nikon mirrorless cameras (Z6 and Z7). Let’s see how this lens performs on our test-bench.

Rohinton Mehta

Design & Build Quality

The Nikkor 14-30 mm f/4 S lens is designed for the Z-series of Nikon mirrorless camera bodies. The outer body is made from engineering plastic, and the build quality is sufficiently good. I found no ‘play’ between the lens and the body, while there has always been some ‘play’ between the lens and the body with F-series lenses. The lens weighs approximately 485 g with its lens hood and is quite small in size. It increases its physical length as it is zoomed out from 30 mm to 14 mm, but the front element does not rotate, making it easy to use a polariser or a graduated ND filter. The filter size is 82 mm, and the lens is made in Thailand.

Key Features

The Nikkor 14-30 mm lens is optimised to match the high-resolution sensor of the Nikon Z7 body (and future highresolution bodies to come) but can be used on the Z6 body too, to provide excellent contrast and sharpness throughout the frame. The well-damped, broad zoom ring is rubberised and is towards the filter end and offers a good grip. The focal lengths — 30, 24, 20, 16 and 14 mm — are clearly marked in white, which makes it easy to read even in poor light. The manual focus ring turns smoothly but not so smoothly as to inadvertently change the focus. You need to unlock the lens before you can use it. To do that, you turn the zoom ring in clockwise direction towards the first marked focal length (14 mm). To loc


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