The Best NIKKOR Z Lenses for Nikon Mirrorless Cameras

The Nikon Z full frame mirrorless camera series has rightfully earned its place among the top mirrorless cameras on the market today. 

And while these cameras deserve all the accolades, the lenses you pair with your camera can make a huge difference to their performance. 

We’ve reviewed some recent releases in the Nikon NIKKOR Z lens range so you can better understand which NIKKOR Z lens is perfect for your Nikon Z camera. 

Plus we’ve thrown in a few of our longstanding favourite NIKKOR Z lenses so you can create a powerful duo that guarantees spectacular results. All the NIKKOR Z lenses we list below pair seamlessly with the Z mount system.

Brilliant recent releases in the NIKKOR Z lens range 

The Nikon NIKKOR Z 50mm macro f/2.8 lens

The NIKKOR Z 50mm lens is the perfect prime lens to capture exceptional life-size subjects. The macro lens is great for close-up shooting, with a true magnification ratio of 1:1. 

NIKKOR Z 50mm lens

What we love about the Nikkor Z 50mm f/2.8 lens:

  • You’ll be able to capture sharp, detailed imagery.
  • It’s lightweight and compact.
  • It’s designed for extremely quiet operation.

The lens boasts an incredibly short minimum focusing distance of just 5-16cm, so you can get up close to your subject and still lock in focus. A new, colour-coded focus distance indicator helps you easily access info about the image reproduction ratio and the distance from the lens to the subject. 

A focus limit switch on the side of the lens helps you focus faster for close-up photography while a stepping motor (STM) guarantees extremely quiet operation so you can get close-ups with animals or insects without startling them. 

The result is a photo with stunningly fine details of your subject against a beautiful, creamy bokeh background

The maximum aperture of f/2.8 ensures you can reduce ISO and keep the shutter speed fast in low light scenarios, so you can capture images without noise or blur. 

The NIKKOR 50mm f/2.8 lens is incredibly portable, weighing in at just 260g, with a length of 66mm. It’s also dust, drip, and pollen resistant, making it a good weatherproof option and a brilliant lens for amateurs and hobbyists alike. 

Take a look at the Nikon NIKKOR Z 50mm macro f/2.8 lens today. 

The Nikon NIKKOR Z 105mm macro f/2.8 VR S lens

There’s plenty to love about the new NIKKOR Z 105mm f/2.8 VR S lens. You’ll get a stunningly dramatic separation of the subject from a creamy background thanks to the large maximum aperture. 

NIKKOR Z 105mm lens

What we love about the Nikkor Z 105mm f/2.8 VR S lens:

  • The soft, creamy bokeh the lens produces is to die for.
  • The lens boasts an exceptional vibration reduction performance. 
  • You can get fast, accurate focusing, even when shooting close up. 

The lens comes with Vibration Reduction (VR) performance, which compensates up to 4.5 stops so you can shoot at a slower shutter speed in low light without the camera shake. 

Lens elements suppress chromatic aberration, reducing colour bleeding and fringing. Details remain sharp all the way to the corner of the frame, thanks to an aspherical lens element.

The prime lens also includes a layer of Nano Crystal Coat and ARNEO Coat to reduce flare and ghosting caused by backlighting. 

A new autofocus (AF) drive system comes with multi-focus capabilities so you get fast and accurate focusing, even for close-up shots. 

An innovative small-diameter, high-torque stepping motor (STM) creates minimal sound so the lens is extremely quiet during use (perfect when you’re trying to capture up-close shots of creatures!). 

As with the NIKKOR Z 50mm, the 105mm comes with a focus limit switch that limits the autofocus search range between 0.29, and 0.5m so you can access faster focusing during close-up photography.

The lens has a rubber seal around the mount to resist dust and water droplets while a layer of fluorine coating on the front lens better repels contaminants and makes cleaning a breeze. 

There’s even a display panel where you can access info such as aperture, depth of field, and shooting distance. 

Check out the NIKKOR Z 105mm macro f/2.8 VR S lens today. 

Other popular NIKKOR Z lenses for the Nikon Z camera range

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

A super fast telephoto zoom from Nikon is built for professional sports, wildlife, and landscape photographers. Thanks to an extremely short minimum focus distance of 0.5m to 1m, you can get great up-close shots.

NIKKOR Z 70 to 200 milimetre zoom lens

What we love about the NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S lens:

  • It produces wonderfully creamy bokeh
  • It creates stunning cinematic footage 
  • You’ll get almost zero colour fringing and minimal bleeding.

This lens was designed to impress, producing gorgeous high res images and stunning bokeh. The Vibration Reduction (VR) performance compensates up to 5.5 stops for crisp, clear shots.

But it’s not just stills you’ll want to think about. During filming, this lens operates quietly, provides stable exposure, and compensates beautifully in shifting the viewing angle when you’re adjusting focus. 

The lens system comes with a Short-wavelength Refractive (SR) lens element that minimises chromatic aberration so you can avoid colour bleeding and fringing. Nano Crystal Coat and ARNEO Coat elements also reduce ghost and flare effects.

Have a look at the NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S lens online today.

The Nikon NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR lens

This standard zoom lens is a versatile option for the photographer who loves a bit of everything. Capture streetscapes, landscapes, portraits, and more with just the one lens. 

NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm VR lens for Nikon Z cameras

What we love about the NIKKOR Z 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR lens:

  • It produces incredible image quality
  • It’s compact
  • It’s lightweight and portable

The NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR lens delivers exceptionally high resolution throughout the zoom range. 

The 16-50mm lens comes with the same Vibration Reduction image stabilisation we’ve mentioned in the lenses above, capable of minimising camera shake in low light. 

Check out the Nikkor Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR lens now.

The Nikon NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S lens

This prime lens is perfect when you’re capturing people, whether that’s through portrait photography, wedding and events photography, or street photography

NIKKOR Z 85mm lens for Nikon Z mirrorless cameras

What we love about the NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S lens:

  • The fast, silent, and accurate autofocus system
  • The customisable control ring to quietly adjust aperture or exposure compensation
  • The 9-blade rounded diaphragm that stops down smoothly and evenly to produce stunning bokeh background for your portrait subjects. 

The lens can also capture consistent, even lighting right to the corners of the frame so you won’t have to deal with unwanted vignetting. 

As with the other lenses we’ve listed here, the 85mm avoids common lens aberrations such as colour fringing thanks to Extra-low Dispersion (ED) elements. A Nano Crystal Coat banishes flaring and ghosting. 

A fresh multi-focusing system (including two AF drive units) ensures fast, accurate autofocusing while the lens’s Dual Detect 5-Axis Vibration Reduction system uses the Nikon Z camera’s in-camera image stabilisation to correct camera shake during both photography and videography. 

Take a look at the NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S lens today.

The Nikon NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S lens

The 35mm lens from Nikon is a beautifully versatile full-frame lens that can capture stunning wide angle shots. With a maximum aperture of f/1.8, every photo is sure to be sharp, bright, and mesmerising. 

NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 lens for Nikon Z mirrorless cameras

What we love about the NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S lens:

  • Fast, smooth operation thanks to its silent stepping motor
  • A programmable control ring to adjust manual focus, aperture, or exposure compensation
  • It performs well in low light and bad weather conditions

This prime lens is beautifully built with multiple elements to reduce image distortion, chromatic aberrations, and colour fringing. It also comes with a Super Integrated Nano-Crystal Coating to avoid ghosting and lens flare.

The lens includes a specialised electromagnetic aperture mechanism that helps you control overexposure during fast shoots, particularly handy when you need to capture a street scene in a snap. 

Finally, the durable lens design makes sure the lens resists dust and moisture so you can head out in rough conditions and comfortably know your lens is safe. 

Check out the Nikkor Z 35mm f/1.8 S lens today.

Where to get your NIKKOR Z lenses today

Ready to uplevel your camera gear and get your hands on some versatile lenses to improve your photography game? 

At Camera House, we have a wide selection of camera lenses for all cameras, including the NIKKOR Z lens range for Nikon Z mirrorless cameras. Shop online for free shipping across Australia. 

Not entirely sure you’ve found the perfect lens for your needs. Don’t hesitate to visit your nearest Camera House store and ask the experts for their advice. You’ll be able to handle the lenses and find out the specific pros and cons of each option.