Surely small, but isn’t all… at all:
No one superwide zoom could be compared with its focal range and luminosity but surely neither for dimension and weight (485 gr, 89 x 85mm),
neither for optical scheme (14 elements in 12 groups, 4 asph. and 4 ED)
but mainly, able to mount your favourite, creative, filters
Locking position of the focal ring, also if is not the preferred quality of this zoom (also on the 24-70/4) allows to have a more compact design of this lens at rest, avoid every shifting of the barrel and protects it better from dust, sand an dirt.
This zoom fits with my Z6 in a practical and compact combination that gives not me the feeling to unplug it from my camera.
A superwide lens with a 114° angle of field, may be used so as...abused:
The simple difference between a mediocre wide and an excellent one is clear: a good superwide allows you to shoot a wide scene, almost to perspective distortion ZERO:
like the Z of this Nikkor ...
that ask only a little bit of attention when levelling, soon repayed by an impeccable yeld, not only for central lines in the frame.
It will be enough to cut excess space, in order to obtain a coherent framing in the format and proportions of the subject, without having to suffer the ... sickness
The strengths of this Z-Nikkor 14-30 are certainly the sharpness at all frames and the remarkable color density of its glass, normal and special, whatever the light source, its intensity and color temperature, its direction ...
practically immune to reflections, flares, ghosts, even under direct sun
virtually NO-distortion (but we know that in this Z-era Nikon collaborates with the development software)
Interiors, in available light, high ISO, over 10.000, thanks to the perfect join with the Z6 (for which it seems specifically designed) are very simply to reach and rarely to be corrected in p.p.
no chrome fading also over very high ISO
thanks to which performances you can afford the luxury of shooting with medium apertures, taking full advantage of the 5-axis stabilization system of the Z6
A close-up RR of 0,16X, thanks to an usual mimnimum distance of focusing of 28cm to the focal plane (i.e. 20cm from the frontal lens),
allows to stay close to the subject, working also with D.O.F of the smaller apertures (up to f/22)
The primacy of being able to mount 82mm frame filters (quite expensive, but available) that determines many opportunities: I have obtained an ND1000 for the purpose which turns out to be one of the most popular desires of the moment for photographers who love ... and I tried it in a context that was usual for me (certainly at the worst of its potential, but be patient ... I do not use filters from the times of black and white films...!)
At last, a balance high positive experience with this zoom, kindly procured by Nikon Italy, that well before returning it, I proceeded to reserve the purchase of a sample, which will become the absolute protagonist of my future photographic excursions with the Z6
- excellent color rendering and linear performance
- very low vignetting and distortion (thanks to the automatic interview with the development sw)
- record size and weight
- flat front lens and possibility of mounting filters
- precise and silent AF engine as if it did not exist
- competitive price in relation to the yield
- waiting to receive my own copy ...
Max Aquila photo (C) per Zetaland 2019