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Year in Review 2020: Nikon Lenses

Nikon clearly shifted its focus in 2020 and set out to expand the lens lineup for its ever-growing Z system of mirrorless cameras, now two years old. The company has invested quite a bit into rounding out its mirrorless lineup in a way that complements its vast SLR system, but in ways that also differ from the older SLR lenses. From the beginning, Nikon stated the Z mount would open up new possibilities for optics design; so, with that in mind, let’s review the six new Z-mount lenses Nikon released in 2020.

NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S

Starting the year with a bang, the first release of 2020 was the highly anticipated NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S, the coveted zoom so many portrait, event, and sports photographers use on a daily basis. Pursuing a theme Nikon has taken on with its Z lens releases, this 70-200mm f/2.8 stands to be the company’s most optically impressive version of this tested zoom, and it features a huge array of specialized glass elements and lens coatings that all help to produce the sharpest, highest contrast, clearest, and most accurately rendered images possible.

Nikon NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S Lens

Beyond having an excellent optical design, this zoom also sports a pair of stepping motors that yield fast, precise, and quiet focusing performance. There’s also a vibration reduction mechanism that reduces the effects of camera shake, and a removable, rotating tripod collar. Additionally, including a feature seen on some of the higher-end Z lenses, this 70-200mm also sports a top OLED panel to display lens information, and there’s also a programmable control ring and assignable Fn buttons.

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