Nikon Unveils the 40mm f/2 Special Edition with Black Edition Z fc

Nikon has announced the release of two new special-edition products today: the Nikkor Z 40mm f/2 SE lens that features a heritage design that takes inspiration from the era of iconic manual NIKKOR lenses, and also a retro-inspired version of its Nikon Z fc APS-C mirrorless camera system. The lens is small enough to accompany APS-C mirrorless cameras like the Z 50, Z fc or Z 30, while also a great light and compact walk-around lens for Z 5, Z 6II and Z 7II users.

“This lens hits every sweet spot; it’s designed with a cool vintage look, while being fast, sharp, affordable and super compact,” said Jay Vannatter, Executive Vice President, Nikon Inc.

The special edition of the 40mm f/2’s intricate knurling is based on careful study of the authentic, original NIKKOR design. The lens body has a substantial grip similar to manual lenses, yet also features modern design elements such as a control ring for customizable versatility. The NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2 (SE) is simply a fun lens to use, with a fast f/2 aperture that makes it great in low light with a shallow depth of field that draws attention to the subject. The lens is so small and easy to carry around, while bringing exceptional sharpness for street photos and candid portraits. It also offers a natural angle of view (60mm-equivalent when attached to a DX body) which is ideal for shooting portraits, stills and standard perspective videos with gorgeous, blurred backgrounds and excellent low-light performance.

Lens features:

  • A compact, versatile prime lens that is ideal for everyday creation of casual portraits, street snaps, food photography and more.
  • Delivers fantastic blurred backgrounds with beautiful bokeh, and a dramatic separation of the subject from the background.
  • Ultra-compact, weighing only approximately 6 oz (170g) and only 1.8” long.
  • Built with 6 elements in 4 groups, with a 9-blade diaphragm for natural out of focus area.
  • Electronic diaphragm delivers precise aperture control for stable exposure during continuous shooting.
  • Focuses as close as 0.96ft (0.29m), which is excellent for capturing food and top-down photos of décor and tablescapes.
  • Designed with consideration for dust and drip-resistant performance with a sealing that prevents dust and water droplets from entering the lens.1
  • Content and video creators will appreciate the quiet operation and natural focus shift that allows from close focusing to infinity, reduced focus breathing and smooth aperture control.
  • Integrated customizable control ring can be assigned to adjust focus, ISO, aperture and exposure compensation.
  • Small-diameter, high-torque STM (stepping motor) in the AF mechanism ensures outstandingly quiet, fast and accurate operation, while realizing a great balance of compact size and superb AF control performance.

Nikon has also announced a new stylized version of the Nikon Z fc, which is now available as an all-black edition as a respectful homage to the original color schemes. The Z fc is a mirrorless camera with a design that evokes the essence of the legendary FM2 film camera, and this new design will surely appeal to those who appreciate subtle minimalism.

The Z fc is a compact and lightweight mirrorless camera, offering all the benefits of modern technology combined with stylish and satisfying precision carved analog dials. It features a 20.9-megapixel APS-C sensor for amazing image quality even in low light, combined with advanced technology such as full time Eye-Detection AF, 4K 30p video capture, and a vari-angle vlogger-style LCD screen to creatively compose. The Z fc makes it simple and fun to capture your content; users can embrace full manual control, or use the powerful automatic settings to easily capture stellar photos and videos that get noticed.

The Z fc is also currently available in the attractive black and silver scheme, as well as additional stylish colors including Amber Brown, White, Natural Gray, Sand Beige, Coral Pink and Mint Green.

The new Nikon NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2 (SE) will be available in early 2023 and will retail for $309.95, while the new Nikon Z fc Black Edition paired with the NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR lens will be available in late November for $1199.95.

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