Nikon Announces Latest Mirrorless Lens: 24-70mm F2.8S, Later Firmware Updates

  By Kaitlyn Kerr

Nikon has announced the latest in their mirrorless lens lineup: a ZF 24-70mm F2.8S. Widely considered a workhorse focal length, the 24-70mm F2.8 is a versatile lens with a bright aperture. This particular iteration has been designed as a lighter and smaller version in comparison to Nikon’s F-mount 24-70mm F2.8, and has been highly anticipated by users of the Z6 and Z7 mirrorless cameras released by Nikon last year. 

The ZF 24-70mm F2.8S offers edge-to-edge sharpness with minimal aberrations, and uses an all-new ARNEO coating in conjunction with Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat to minimize flaring and ghosting. An L-Fn custom function button has been designed on the lens, and an organic EL panel displays aperture and focal length or focus distance and depth-of-field for quick confirmation. The lens has also been designed keeping both stills and video shooters in mind, with minimal focus breathing and fast, quiet autofocus, and fully compatible with the 5-axis image stabilization technologies in the Z-series cameras.  

The lens is available for preorder now at a price of $3199.95.

Additionally, Nikon has announced the development of new firmware updates for the Z-system. The first, expected in May, will provide improvements in autofocus capability, including that in low light situations, as well as support for Eye-Detection AF. This will work for both AF-S and AF-C and will detect multiple eyes, give the user more flexibility as they can select which eye to focus on in groups. Additional firmware that will provide support for RAW video output, as well as CFexpress memory card compatibility at a later date yet to be determined.


Kaitlyn is a craft beer enthusiast and self-labelled film nerd. Suitably, she is one of the hosts of Calgary's Beers & Cameras meetup group. She also drinks too much coffee and wants to see too many places. When not helping coordinate events or exploring whatever city, town, or backroad she can, she also works as a freelance photographer and assistant.