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Nikon NIKKOR Z 20mm F1.8 S Full-Frame Lens (2020)

MSRP 1050 USDNEX score 81%

Product Overview

The NIKKOR Z 20mm f/1.8 S is the widest prime lens in Nikon's full-frame lens lineup of the Z-mount mirrorless interchangeable lens camera system. Taking advantage of the reduced flange distance and wide throat diameter of the new Z-mount, the Z 20mm f/1.8 S combines compact, lightweight packaging with superior optical quality compared to its DSLR predecessors.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Bright f/1.8 aperture
  • Optical design
  • Bright aperture
  • Dust and splash protection
Cons
  • As big as a zoom

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 81% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Very good optical performance
  • Very fast autofocus
  • Dust and splash protection
  • Control ring doubles as a control ring
  • Flexible focal length
  • F1.8 optical design
Cons
  • No manual autofocus
  • Focusing response is hypersensitive
  • Lack of focus breathing
  • Fingerprint sensor
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Specifications

Construction

Aperture Blades
9 blades
Colors
Black
Form Factor
Ultra Wide-Angle Prime Lens
Image Size
Full-Frame
Lens Mount
Nikon Z-mount
Material
Magnesium alloy
Motor
Stepper motor
Optical Formula | Elements
14 elements
Optical Formula | Groups
11 groups
Optical Formula | Special Glass
ED and aspherical elements + Nano Crystal and Super Integrated coatings groups

Dimensions

Filter Diameter
77 mm / 3.03 in
Size | Diameter
85 mm / 3.35 in
Size | Length
109 mm / 4.29 in
Weight
505 g / 17.84 oz

Function

Angle Of View
94.5° Diagonal | 84.0° Horizontal | 61.9° Vertical
Aperture
f/1.8 ~ f/16
Autofocus
Yes
Focal Length
20 mm
Focus Type
Internal
Image Stabilization
No
Weather Resistance
Yes

Performance

Max Magnification
0.19x
Min Focus Distance
200 mm / 7.87 in

Production

Accessory
Lens hood included
Debut
2020-02-12

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

cameralabs[1]

Sentiment Score 81%
Reviewers from cameralabs have found the following***:
The Nikon Z 20mm f1.8 S is a unique proposition for owners of Nikon's full-frame mirrorless cameras. It is the widest large aperture lens with autofocus designed specifically for the short flange distance of the Nikon Z system. It focuses in around 0.3 sec from infinity to 0.29m (1:10 magnification), which is very fast. Focus accuracy and repeatability is critical to consistently produce sharp shots especially with large aperture lenses.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Flexible focal length
  • Very good optical performance
  • Very fast autofocus
Cons
  • Lack of focus breathing
  • Fingerprint sensor

pcmag[2]

Sentiment Score 82%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The Nikkor Z 20mm F1.8 S is, at press time, the widest prime for the system. It uses dual motors that are quick and quiet to drive its focus. Close focus is available to 7.9 inches, measured from the camera sensor. The response is hypersensitive, making it hard to dial in discrete adjustments.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • F1.8 optical design
  • Wide aperture
  • Control ring doubles as a control ring
  • Dust and splash protection
Cons
  • Focusing response is hypersensitive
  • No manual autofocus

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Nikon Z 20mm f1.8 S review. [cameralabs]. https://www.cameralabs.com/nikon-z-20mm-f1-8-s-review/. Retrieved 2022-01-25.
2. ^ Nikon Nikkor Z 20mm F1.8 S Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/nikon-nikkor-z-20mm-f18-s. 2021-07-06. Retrieved 2021-07-07.

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