Nikon teases two new Z-mount lenses in an updated roadmap, including a 70-180mm F2.8 lens

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Earlier this morning, Nikon released an updated Z Series lens roadmap, highlighting its newly-released 17–28mm F2.8 lens and hinting at the release of a few new optics, including a power zoom and a telephoto zoom that will round out the company’s affordable F2.8 zoom range.

In addition to the new lenses that have been added to the roadmap, Nikon still has placeholders for seven lenses that have previously shown up on the company’s roadmap, but have yet to be announced: an APS-C 24mm lens, a 26mm lens, a 35mm S-line lens, an 85mm S-line lens, a 135mm S-line lens, a 200–600mm super-telephoto zoom and a 600mm super telephoto S-line lens. No additional information is provided for these lenses at this time.

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The first of the two new lenses is a 70–180mm lens that appears as though it might have an F2.8 aperture, as suggested by its placement on the roadmap. This suggests Nikon is looking to round out its F2.8 zoom lineup alongside its 17–28mm F2.8 and 28–75mm F2.8 lenses, both of which appear to be reworked versions of Tamron’s nearly-identical E-mount versions of those respective focal lengths.

As luck would have it – and as we speculated on in our 17–28mm F2.8 hands-on from earlier today – Tamron conveniently has a 70–180mm F2.8 Di III VXD Sony E-mount lens that would serve as the perfect template for Nikon to rework and rebrand as its own as it has with its two other F2.8 zoom lenses.

The other addition to the roadmap is a new 12–28mm PZ lens for APS-C Z-mount cameras. This Power Zoom lens has the widest starting focal length in Nikon’s lineup, but considering it’s for Nikon’s DX-format APS-C cameras, it’ll likely have a full-frame equivalent focal length of 18–42mm.

This lens would also be Nikon’s first power zoom lens, which liekly means it’ll be for on-the-go creators, not unlike Sony’s recently-released 16–35mm F4 PZ G lens.

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