Best Z-Mount Lenses for Nikon Z5, Z6 and Z7 Cameras

In August 2018, Nikon introduced the Nikon Z6 and the high-resolution Z7 as its first mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras with an FX (aka full-frame) sensor and the new Z-mount. The entry-level Nikon Z5 followed in July 2020, and the second generation Nikon Z6 II and high-resolution Nikon Z7 II in October 2020.

This page provides an overview of the growing catalog of Z-mount FX lenses. These are mostly autofocus lenses, but selected manual focus lenses may also be included. Z-mount DX lenses for cameras with smaller sensors are listed separately.

For every lens, the following major characteristics are given:

  • Focal length.
  • Maximum aperture. It has a strong influence on the light conditions in which the lens can be used, and how shallow the depth of field can be. Fast lenses also tend to be much more expensive. Green labels indicate fast lenses (> f/2), red labels indicate slow lenses (< f/4).
  • Filter size. It serves as a representative of the length, diameter and weight of the lens. Green labels indicate compact lenses (filter size < 60 mm), red labels indicate big lenses (> 70 mm).
  • Minimum focus distance (MFD). It has a major influence on the magnification that can be achieved, as well as the depth of field.
  • Another interesting point is of course the price, but it is different in every market and currency. Instead, links to independent reviews are given which will help you to find the best lens for your needs.

1 Prime lenses

Lenses with a fixed focal length.

1.1 Fisheye lenses

Ultra wide angle lenses with purposeful strong distortions.

lens   focal length max aper­ture filter size MFD rvws
    mm   mm m  

1.2 Wide angle lenses

lens   focal length max aper­ture filter size MFD rvws
    mm   mm m  
Nikon Nikkor Z S 20 1.8 77 0.20 CL, LT
Nikon Nikkor Z S 24 1.8 72 0.25 CL, LT
Nikon Nikkor Z 28        
Nikon Nikkor Z S 35 1.8 62 0.25 CL, LT

1.3 Standard lenses

Lenses with a focal length similar to the image sensor diagonal of 43 mm. The images created with these lenses are perceived as “natural” by a human observer.

lens   focal length max aper­ture filter size MFD rvws
    mm   mm m  
Nikon Nikkor Z 40        
Nikon Nikkor Z S 50 1.2 82 0.45 CL
Nikon Nikkor Z S 50 1.8 62 0.40 CL, LT
Nikon Nikkor Z S Noct* 58 0.95 82 0.50 CL

1.4 Telephoto lenses

lens   focal length max aper­ture filter size MFD rvws
    mm   mm m  
Nikon Nikkor Z S 85 1.8     CL, LT

1.5 Macro lenses

Lenses with a high magnification.

lens   focal length max aper­ture filter size MFD rvws
    mm   mm m  
Nikon Nikkor Z Micro 60        
Nikon Nikkor Z S Micro 105        

2 Zoom lenses

Lenses with a variable focal length.

2.1 Wide angle zoom lenses

lens   focal length max aper­ture filter size MFD rvws
    mm   mm m  
Nikon Nikkor Z S 14-24 2.8 (112) 0.28 CL
Nikon Nikkor Z S 14-30 4 82 0.28 CL
Nikon Nikkor Z 24-50 4-6.3 52 0.35  

2.2 Standard zoom lenses

Zoom range from moderate wide angle to moderate telephoto.

lens   focal length max aper­ture filter size MFD rvws
    mm   mm m  
Nikon Nikkor Z S 24-70 2.8 82 0.38 CL, LT
Nikon Nikkor Z S 24-70 4 72 0.30 CL, LT
Nikon Nikkor Z S 24-105        

2.3 Superzoom lenses

Like standard zooms, but with an approximately 10x zoom range.

lens   focal length max aper­ture filter size MFD rvws
    mm   mm m  
Nikon Nikkor Z 24-200 4-6.3 67 0.50 CL

2.4 Telephoto zoom lenses

lens   focal length max aper­ture filter size MFD rvws
    mm   mm m  
Nikon Nikkor Z S 70-200 2.8 77 0.50 CL
Nikon Nikkor Z S 100-400        
Nikon Nikkor Z 200-600        

3 Teleconverters

Teleconverters extend the focal length of matching telephoto lenses by a certain factor.

lens   focal length max aper­ture filter size MFD rvws
Nikon TC-1.4x 1.4x n/a n/a n/a  
Nikon TC-2x 2x n/a n/a n/a  

Additional designations such as VR are omitted.

*Manual focus lens with digital coupling between lens and camera.

**Manual focus lens without digital coupling between lens and camera.

References

The linked reviews are by CameraLabs (CL), LensTip (LT), MirrorLessons (ML) and OpticalLimits (OL). LT and OL focus on laboratory testing, CL and ML on real world photography. Links in brackets refer to tests of earlier models.