Expand your horizons with the NIKKOR Z 20mm f/1.8 S


Go even wider with Nikon’s new fast, ultra-wide-angle prime lens that delivers superior resolution with minimal distortion

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – Nikon in South Africa is pleased to announce the launch of its new ultra-wide-angle prime lens, the NIKKOR Z 20mm f/1.8 S for the Nikon Z series. Enjoy dynamic photo and video expressions made possible with the lens that is designed for high optical performance and provides a wider field of view than the human eyes.

“Nature lovers, holiday-goers or landscape photography enthusiasts seeking to enjoy dynamic expression will love this NIKKOR Z S-Line lens that provides a wider field of view. Be it photos of grand hills from a distance or the starry sky, users will be delighted with how this ultra-wide-angle 20mm lens with minimal distortion is able to beautifully capture landscapes as well as nightscapes,” said Grant Norton, CEO of Premium Brand Distributors for Nikon in South Africa.

Those that are already familiar with the S-Line lenses will be delighted to know that the features of this new lens share the same smooth operability and comfortable usage. The lens is versatile in allowing its users to recreate scenes with high resolution, delightfully beautiful bokeh, and capture amazing images even at maximum aperture. Combined with the Nikon Z mount’s reputable largest mount and shortest flange distance, the lens’s full potential is unleashed to deliver high-resolution stills and videos of breath-taking landscapes and cityscapes.


Capture Captivating Sceneries

Trying to capture the several beautiful mini islands in the middle of the Scottish Loch Katrine while maintaining your view of the vast green hills in the background? With the 20mm ultra-wide-angle and minimal distortion, get clear wide landscape images with a sense of depth to truly capture the magic. The lens delivers superior optical performance across the entire frame, made possible with a lens design that maximises the large diameter and short focal length of the Z mount system and its in-built 14 elements, including the aspherical lens, in 11 groups.

In addition, the lens adopts a multi-focusing system that improves autofocus (AF) accuracy, speed and enhances optical performance to capture high-resolution images even at the minimum focus distance. This means that throughout the entire shooting range the lens has to offer, users will always be able to achieve an extremely sharp focal plan for any sceneries, landscapes and any subjects.

How about getting the true vibrant colours of the tulips in Netherland? With the employment of three extra-low dispersion (ED) glass elements, axial chromatic aberration is effectively minimised across the shooting range, allowing you to capture the subject in sharp resolution without colour fringing at the focal plane. Despite it being an ultra-wide-angle lens, you’ll be able to emphasise the subject with a naturally blurred background when taking shots at close distances or utilising shallow depth of field.

Ensure stable exposure in your captures as the lens features an electromagnetic aperture mechanism for effective aperture control and thus allows for a natural shift in focus point and brightness levels. Combined with focus-breathing reduction to reduce shifting the angle of view when adjusting your focus, the lens makes taking photos for a variety of environment an easy task.

Never worry when you capture that wide-angle shot with a light source in it. The lens has superb tolerance for backlight with adoption of the Nano Crystal Coat that effectively reduces ghosting and flaring that is likely caused by the sun or direct light source.

Photographers appreciating the outdoors at night are often deterred to waste too much time taking photos of the night sky as these images may suffer from sagittal coma flare. The NIKKOR Z 20mm f/1.8 S delivers high point-image reproduction capability that effectively compensates these flares for amazing images of starry skies. Combine that with a bright f/1.8 maximum aperture and the ability to use a higher shutter speed at lower ISO sensitivity, capturing a picture-perfect image of the Milky Way is not just possible, but elevated.

Film Life’s Precious Moments

Movie-making is a breeze as the lens boasts similar superior rendering performance that of stills, and great movie recording experience that is achieved with enhanced usability.

When you are one with nature, the last thing you would want on your video recording is unwanted operation interruptions. With this lens, quiet operability is realised with an AF mechanism using a stepping motor (STM), an electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism, as well as a click-less control ring.

Revel in the sights and sounds that nature has to offer as the lens’s quiet operation lets you truly live in and capture the moment.

The employment of the electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism in the lens body allows for the constant delivery of stable aperture control, even during continuous shooting.  The control ring also lets you record and operate the lens comfortably and smoothly, allowing for the assignment of various functions to it.

Built for Ease and Durability

Photographers and videographers who are currently using the NIKKOR Z S-Line lenses will find it easy to navigate the functions as the layout and controls are common in the series. The lens is equipped the click-less control ring that is quiet and smooth to operate, and the focus mode switch is located in the same position.

Carry your NIKKOR Z 20mm f/1.8 S around without worry as it is thoughtfully designed with dust-and-drip resistant capability with sealing for various parts, including the movable parts of the lens barrel. A fluorine coat also helps to repel dirt and dust off the lens surface, ensuring that you can capture clear images with its anti-reflecting effect.


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NIKKOR is Nikon’s brand of photographic lenses. The NIKKOR name arose from adding “r”, a common practice in the naming of photographic lenses at the time the name was established, to “Nikko”, the Romanized abbreviation for Nippon Kogaku K.K., the original name used when the company was established. In November 2018, Nikon announced its milestone achievement of 110 million in total production of NIKKOR lenses for Nikon interchangeable lens cameras.


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About Nikon
Nikon is the world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology and is globally recognised for setting new standards in product design and performance for its award-winning consumer and professional photographic equipment. Nikon in South Africa distributes consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, NIKKOR optics, Speedlights and system accessories; Nikon COOLPIX compact digital cameras; Nikon sports optics as well as the latest mirrorless cameras in over 50 countries. For more information, visit

Christine Tonking
Marketing Manager for Nikon in South Africa