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    Shorty forty? Sporty forty? Nikkor Z 40mmf/2

    Mine was just delivered. Satisfyingly compact and light! I hope to get out later for some initial testing and first impressions. I'm surprised there's not much mention of it here...


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    Re: Shorty forty? Sporty forty? Nikkor Z 40mmf/2

    Quote Originally Posted by desmobob View Post
    Mine was just delivered. Satisfyingly compact and light! I hope to get out later for some initial testing and first impressions. I'm surprised there's not much mention of it here...
    Congrats and happy shooting.
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    Re: Shorty forty? Sporty forty? Nikkor Z 40mmf/2

    Quote Originally Posted by desmobob View Post
    Mine was just delivered. Satisfyingly compact and light! I hope to get out later for some initial testing and first impressions. I'm surprised there's not much mention of it here...
    Wonder how many active posters have Z cameras let alone 40mm f/2 lens.

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    Re: Shorty forty? Sporty forty? Nikkor Z 40mmf/2

    Quote Originally Posted by Needa View Post
    Wonder how many active posters have Z cameras let alone 40mm f/2 lens.
    I do, and looking forward to thoughts on this lens. Wonder how it stacks up against the 50 f1.8S thats twice as expensive. I've got the 50 1.8S and the only thing I dont like about it is I feel it should be more compact. Not that its heavy, its just larger than its predecessor. It's weird that the AF-S 50f1.8 with the FTZ is smaller and lighter than the 50 f1.8S, (but the 1.8S has marginally better results). It'd be neat to see a shootout with the af-s 1.8 50mm, the 1.8S and also the 40f2.
    Congrats @desmobob looking forward to what you come up with!
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    Re: Shorty forty? Sporty forty? Nikkor Z 40mmf/2

    I may have to look more into the 40mm as Nikon charges an arm, a leg, and 101 dalmation puppies for their quality 50mm Z lenses.
    Cameras
    Z5
    D750
    D600 (infrared converted)
    Lumix DMC-ZS6
    Nikon Lenses
    Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/4 S
    24-120mm f/4
    50mm f/1.8G
    70-200mm f/2.8G VR
    28-105mm f/3.5-4.5D
    500mm f/8 reflex
    Other Lenses
    Carl Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon
    Sigma 20mm f/1.4 Art
    Sigma 150-600mm f/5.6-6.3 C
    Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD

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    Re: Shorty forty? Sporty forty? Nikkor Z 40mmf/2

    Preliminary messing around with the little lens gives me good feelings.

    When my FTZ II adapter shows up next week, I'll be able to test the 40mm f/2 against the AF-S 50mm 1.4G and 1.8G lenses (and maybe the AF-S 58mm f/1.4G, AF 50mm f/1.8D and 50mm f/1.2 Ai-S). The other Z mount lens I have is the impressive 24-70/4S and I'll compare its 40mm performance as well.

    One thing I found after reading lots of reviews and tests and watching lots of on-line comparison videos: It seems that many Z-mount lenses like the 24-70/4S kit lens and the budget 40/2 non-S series lenses have optical performance a little bit behind their top-line Z mount relatives but seem to outperform even the better AF-S lenses of similar focal length in terms of sharpness; especially wide open and into the corners.

    Watching Z vs. Z lens comparisons might make you not so enthusiastic about some of the lower-priced Z-mount offerings but seeing these lesser Z-mount lenses pitted against the good, better and best F-mount stuff can make you sit up and take notice. That's why I didn't hesitate to pick up the two Z-mount lenses I have.

    This may or may not be a good thing, depending on your preferences. For example, I like the old 50mm f/1.2 Ai-S and the new 58mm f/1.4G because "they have character" rather than great MTF scores in lens tests. I don't care for the clinically sharp look a lot of modern lenses produce, although it is fun to have lenses that have incredible revolving power for some applications.

    To each his own...
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    Re: Shorty forty? Sporty forty? Nikkor Z 40mmf/2

    I have the FTZ and a 50mm f/1.8G, the performance is pretty much the same on my D750 and Z5. Not that surprising since they are almost the equivalent specs in different lens mount formats. Since the Z-mount 50mm primes lenses are so large to start with, I see few advantages to getting one. My idea of a nifty-fifty is compact carry, big enough aperture to use indoors without flash.

    Word in advance: check your camera firmware level. The FTZ-II required new camera firmware to work on my Z5. And take a look at the firmware level of your Z lenses also. I bought my 24-70 f/4 lens used and it was behind on firmware.
    Cameras
    Z5
    D750
    D600 (infrared converted)
    Lumix DMC-ZS6
    Nikon Lenses
    Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/4 S
    24-120mm f/4
    50mm f/1.8G
    70-200mm f/2.8G VR
    28-105mm f/3.5-4.5D
    500mm f/8 reflex
    Other Lenses
    Carl Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon
    Sigma 20mm f/1.4 Art
    Sigma 150-600mm f/5.6-6.3 C
    Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD

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    Re: Shorty forty? Sporty forty? Nikkor Z 40mmf/2

    Quote Originally Posted by BF Hammer View Post
    Word in advance: check your camera firmware level. The FTZ-II required new camera firmware to work on my Z5. And take a look at the firmware level of your Z lenses also. I bought my 24-70 f/4 lens used and it was behind on firmware.
    My Z7 II (v. 1.40) and 24-70/4S (v.1.01) firmware are up-to-date. The FTZ II does not yet have a firmware update available... same for the Z 40/2.
    Last edited by desmobob; 08-06-2022 at 02:05 AM.
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    Re: Shorty forty? Sporty forty? Nikkor Z 40mmf/2

    Shorty forty?  Sporty forty?  Nikkor Z 40mmf/2
    For those who are interested in the MTF charts...
    Shorty forty?  Sporty forty?  Nikkor Z 40mmf/2-nikon-z-40mm-f2-vs-af-s-50mm-mtf-chart.jpg
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