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Nikon Z 14-30 f/4 S Lens Review Rundown

NikonPublished on 20 Mar 2021Last Edited on 14 Nov 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Neoscore* 0%
  • Excellent build quality
  • Sharp, sharp f/4 aperture
  • Optical stabilization
  • Dust and splash protection
  • Omits screw-in filters


The Nikkor Z 14-30mm f/4 S is the first full-frame 14mm lens that can accept screw-in filters. It uses an internal stepping motor for autofocus, capable of focusing as close as 11 inches from the front of the lens at any zoom position. While the aperture is consistent throughout the zoom range, the f/4 maximum aperture isn't really bright, considering the lens' price.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.



Sentiment Score[*] 76%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The Nikkor Z 14-30mm f/4 S is sharp and compact with a weather-sealed design. It carries a slightly higher price point than F-mount lenses, but it's a unique focal length you can't get elsewhere. We also liked the smooth and quiet autofocus that was great for both stills and video.
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  • Sharp and quiet autofocus
  • Compact, weather-sealed design
  • No focus distance scale


Sentiment Score[*] 88%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Nikon Nikkor Z 14-30mm f/4 S is the first native ultra-wide zoom for the system. There's no visible barrel distortion, which is all but certainly a result of software lens corrections. It's exceptionally compact and light if you're used to similar lenses to similar SLR systems.
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  • Compact design
  • Wide-angle zoom
  • Dust and splash protection
  • Front filter
  • Vignette at wide angles
  • No fluorine coating


Sentiment Score[*] 81%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following[***]:
The NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S is a very capable addition to the S line. With its compact build, great finish, light weight and swift and virtually silent autofocus system, it's a lovely lens to handle and operate. Sharpness is still good at the 30mm end, and consistent at smaller apertures, although not quite as bitingly sharp as we might want from a lens with this kind of price tag.
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  • Great build quality
  • Fully silent autofocus
  • Flexible barrel
  • Vignetting at wide-angle end


1. ^ Nikon Z 14-30mm f/4 review. digitaltrends. 2019-07-01 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Nikon Nikkor Z 14-30mm f/4 S Review. pcmag. 2019-06-27 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Nikon NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S review. techradar. 2019-06-28 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.
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