Nikon Z5 was released in mid 2020 and as of the time of writing this article it was Nikon’s most affordable full-frame mirrorless camera. It features a 24MP full-frame sensor, 4K video recording (with a 1.7x crop), in-body image stabilization, a tilting 3.2-inch screen and more.
Overall, this camera is an excellent option for people who want to get into full-frame photography or even videography (although the camera crops quite a bit in 4K) and want one of the most affordable options. With that in mind, let’s check out some of the best lenses for Nikon Z5.
Nikon Z 24-70mm f/4 S – Best All-Purpose Lens for Nikon Z5
This was one of the first lenses for the Z-mount, and for a good reason. The 24-70mm range covers most important focal length, making it very versatile and a great option for beginners and enthusiasts. This lens is a great option if you didn’t get the Z5 with a kit lens and even if you did, this is a great upgrade.
Nikon Z 24-70mm f/2.8 is an even better lens, there’s no doubt about it, but we believe it’s too expensive and too heavy to pair with the entry-level Z5. The Z 24-70mm f/4 is well-built, weather-sealed and lightweight, making it a great option for the Z5. It’s also quite sharp considering its price, especially when you stop it down to f/5.6.
Nikon Z 14-30mm f/4 S – Best Wide-Angle Lens for Nikon Z5
Although it isn’t particularly cheap, Nikon Z 14-30mm f/4 is a truly incredible lens. Most wide-angle lenses out there cover the 16-35mm range, but Nikon went with significantly wider lens while only sacrificing 5mm on the telephoto end. This makes the Z 14-30mm a very unique lens and a great option for landscape and architecture photography.
The image quality is excellent across the frame and the autofocus is fast and silent. We almost forgot to mention, this is the world’s first 14mm lens that takes screw-on filters!
Nikon Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 – Best Travel Lens for Nikon Z5
If you hate changing lenses all of the time, the Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 is the one to get. Of course, you can’t expect it to be sharp as other lenses that cover a smaller range, but it’s still performs quite well.
This lens covers a pretty big range, which makes it very useful in almost every situation. This makes it a perfect travel companion and it saves you from lugging around numerous lenses. It’s also pretty lightweight considering the range it covers!
Nikon Z 85mm f/1.8 S – Best Portrait Lens for Nikon Z5
Lenses with 85mm focal length are a perfect choice for portrait photography, especially when you pair that with a bright f/1.8 aperture. This combination allows you to take amazing portraits with beautiful background separation. The quality of bokeh is generally subjective, but most people agree that this lens is quite good in this department.
Nikon Z 85mm f/1.8 S is compact, lightweight and very sharp. The autofocus performance is excellent as well. If you need a high-quality portrait lens for the Z5, this is the one to get.
Nikon Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S – Best Telephoto Zoom Lens for Nikon Z5
Unfortunately, as of the time of writing this guide, there aren’t any cheap telephoto lenses that you could pair with the affordable Z5. If you’re still looking to get a telephoto zoom, the Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S is an amazing option but it comes with a big price tag.
Of course, the lens’ performance completely matches the price, as the lens is tack sharp, has great autofocus, excellent optical image stabilization (that will work together with Z5’s in-body image stabilization), smooth bokeh and more! The range on this lens makes it excellent for multiple uses including portrait, action and sports photography, and even wildlife photography to a certain degree!
All things considered, this is a great telephoto zoom lens but if you can’t spend this much money on a lens we’d suggest waiting until Nikon releases a more affordable option.