Nikon reveals Nikkor Z DX 24mm f/1.7 fast APS-C prime lens for Z mount mirrorless cameras aimed at content creation, on-the-go photography
Nikon recently announced the Nikkor Z DX 24 mm f/1.7 as the first prime lens for its DX-format APS-C cameras (via Fstoppers). One of the biggest advantages of having a prime lens designed for the APS-C system is that the smaller image circle allows for lighter and more compact lens designs that are more appropriate for the compact DX-format camera bodies.
The Nikkor Z DX 24 mm f/1.7 lens fits the bill as a compact, lightweight lens option for the almost-pocketable Nikon DX cameras, protruding only 40 mm (1.6 inches) off the front of the camera body. It also weighs in at just 138 g (4.8 oz), making it easy to carry about as a versatile everyday lens for street, landscape, and even portrait photography.
Nikon has equipped the Z DX 24 mm f/1.7 lens with silent stepper motors, while the lens consists of nine lens elements in eight groups, with two aspherical elements and 7 aperture diaphragm blades. It has a minimal focus distance of 0.18 m (0.59 ft), while the maximum aperture is f/11. The lens barrel itself is weather-sealed and features the typical customisable control ring for aperture, focus, and compensation controls.
Nikon is launching the Nikkor 24 mm f/1.7 at just US$279.95, making it a pretty convincing option for a walk-around lens that just lives on the camera. Nikon's closest alternatives to the Nikkor Z DX 24 mm f/1.7 are the diminutive US$499.95 Nikkor Z 26 mm f/2.8 and US$279.95 Nikkor Z 28 mm f/2.8, as well as the massive US$899.95 Nikkor Z 24 mm f/1.8 S, all of which are slower, much bigger, or much more expensive than the new Nikkor Z DX 24 mm f/1.7. Nikon has managed to strike an impressive balance between price, compactness, and speed, for this new Nikkor lens.
Although the other Nikon Z mount prime lenses around the same focal length are certainly competent lenses, none of them are quite as compact, cheap, or fast as the Nikkor Z DX 24 mm f/1.7. As such, Nikon is billing the lens as a content creator lens that will serve for both video and stills work without breaking a sweat. Although, the versatile 36-mm full-frame-equivalent focal length does make it an attractive all-rounder, you might want to consider a lens with Nikon's VR stabilisation instead, considering none of Nikon's DX-format cameras come with IBIS.