Nikon Z 24mm f/1.8 S Review

November 14, 2019 | Amy Davies | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star


After just over a year on the market, Nikon has a nice set of prime lenses available for its full-frame mirrorless cameras.

The new 24mm f/1.8 S adds to that line-up and makes for a good all-purpose lens which is well suited to a number of different subjects that require shooting at a fairly wide angle, such as landscapes and architecture.

It might not be overly tempting for those who already have a 24-70mm f/4 lens, but having those extra stops of aperture will be appealing to those who frequently shoot in lower light conditions, such as indoors for music, live performances, weddings and so on.

For users of the APS-C Z50 camera, it also makes for a good all-purpose street photography type lens, with a focal length equivalent of 36mm being very close to the classic 35mm often favoured by those who do this kind of work.

It might be just a little bit unbalanced when used on the smaller body of the Z50, but unless prime lenses specifically designed for the APS-C Z bodies become available, you won’t have a huge amount of choice anyway.

A major downside is the pricing of this lens, which at the time of writing is almost twice as much as the 35mm f/1.8 Z lens - if you can live without that extra width you can save yourself quite a chunk of cash.

Hopefully over time, the price of the 24mm will drop to become more in line with the other f/1.8 primes which have already been released.

Overall, if you want a versatile prime lens and generally favour wide-angle work, the Nikon Z 24mm f/1.8 S is one to add somewhere near the top of your shopping list.

It produces excellent images, is fantastically sharp and displays pleasing bokeh. For landscape, events, and even portrait photographers, it’s a very useful optic that comes highly recommended.

4 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4.5
Features 4
Ease-of-use 4
Image quality 4.5
Value for money 3.5