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

NikonPublished on 20 Mar 2021Last Edited on 23 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*

Overview

Photo of Nikon NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S Lens
Neoscore* 84%
  • Excellent build quality
  • Sharp, sharp f/4 aperture
  • Optical stabilization
  • Dust and splash protection
  • Omits screw-in filters

Summary

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.

Rundown

digitaltrends[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 82%
Reviewers from Digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The Nikkor Z 14-30mm f/4 S is the first full-frame 14mm lens that can accept screw-in filters. Weighing a hair over 17 ounces, the lens retracts to only 3.5 inches when not in use. The front element is nearly flat, a rarity in such wide-angle lenses. The lens uses an internal stepping motor for autofocus, capable of focusing as close as 11 inches from the front of the lens.
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Pros[**]
  • Sharp f/4 maximum
  • Comes with screw-in filters
  • Relatively compact design
  • Dust and splash protection
Cons[**]
  • Barely any barrel distortion
  • Only 3.5 inches of front element

pcmag[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 82%
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Nikkor Z 14-30mm is one of the smallest ultra-wide zooms we've seen for any system. At 14mm it scores 3,073 lines in Imatest, a number that denotes good, sharp performance. At 30mm the lens captures subjects at 1:6.3 life-size at the minimum focus distance.
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Pros[**]
  • Sleek design
  • Relatively small for an ultra-wide zoom lens
  • Full-frame sensor coverage
  • Dust, splash, and fluorine protection
Cons[**]
  • Not ideal for full-frame cameras
  • Diffraction is noticeable at the edges of the frame

techradar[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 87%
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
Nikon Z 14-30mm f/4 S is a wide-angle zoom lens with a focal length from 14mm that can have filters mounted. Only seven aperture blades make up the diaphragm, which may seem low by today's standards, but then this isn't really a lens targeted at the kinds of applications where perfectly round bokeh is critical – although Nikon does claim that it produces nicely rounded results. Nikon stresses the AF system's silent operation and reduced focus breathing, which should make it appeal more to video shooters.
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Pros[**]
  • Compact design
  • Dust and fluorine protection
  • Optical stabilization
  • Fluorine coating
Cons[**]
  • Omits focus-limit switch
  • Omits fluorine coating

references

  1. 1. ^ Nikon Z 14-30mm f/4 review. Digitaltrends. 01 July 2019. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  2. 2. ^ Nikon Nikkor Z 14-30mm f/4 S Review. Pcmag. 27 June 2019. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  3. 3. ^ Nikon NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S review. Techradar. 28 June 2019. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  4. *. 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.
  5. **. 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.
  6. ***. 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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