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Nikon Nikkor Z 40mm f/2 review

Nikon Nikkor Z 40mm f/2 review

Andy Westlake puts Nikon’s affordable, lightweight full-frame standard prime through its paces

When Nikon launched its full-frame mirrorless Z system in late 2018, it kicked off with three lenses, namely a 24-70mm f/4 zoom alongside 35mm f/1.8 and 50mm f/1.8 primes. All were part of a new premium S line, promising top-notch optics while being smaller, lighter and more affordable than the high-end, large-aperture lenses conventionally offered for DSLRs. But with launch prices of £849 and £599 respectively, those two f/1.8 primes still weren’t exactly cheap.

This is where the new Nikkor Z 40mm f/2 comes in, with its price tag of just £249. In effect, it does the much same job in the Z lens range as the old AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G did for F-mount DSLRs, promising strong optical performance and a large aperture at a keen price.

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Nikon’s Nikkor Z 40mm f/2 is designed as an everyday standard prime for its full-frame mirrorless Z-system cameras

With its 40mm focal length, this lens slots neatly in between its 35mm and 50mm siblings in terms of angle of view. It may be an unfamiliar focal length to DSLR users, but has seen something of a surge in popularity recently. Many photographers find the 40-45mm range to represent the perfect ‘standard’ lens, offering a very natural perspective to images.

Probably the most similar lens available for full-frame mirrorless cameras is the similarly lightweight and inexpensive Samyang AF 45mm F1.8 FE. But we’ve also seen the compact, metal-barrelled Sony FE 40mm F2.5 G and the premium, close-focusing Zeiss Batis 40mm F2 CF. None of these are available in Nikon Z mount, but they do provide a basis for comparison. So how does Nikon’s budget offering measure up?

Nikon Z 40mm f/2: Features

Unsurprisingly, one area where the 40mm f/2 differs from its more expensive stablemates lies with the complexity of its optics. It employs 6 elements arranged in 4 groups, just half as many as are used by the Nikkor Z 50mm f/1.8 S.

Nikon Nikkor Z 40mm f/2 optical design

Nikon Nikkor Z 40mm f/2 optical design: 6 elements in 4 groups, including 2 aspherical

But while this formula might sound superficially similar to traditional 50mm f/1.8s for DSLRs, the optical design is in fact rather different. It employs a relatively small front element and a much larger rear element, a common pattern with mirrorless-optimised lenses which aims to optimise illumination of the image sensor all the way into its corners. Nikon has also included two aspherical elements to improve cross-frame sharpness.

Nikon 40mm f/2 showing 52mm filter thread

There’s a 52mm thread for attaching filters or a lens hood

The lens employs an internal focus design driven by a quiet stepper motor, with a minimum object distance of just 29cm. This approach has also enabled Nikon to include sealing against dust and moisture, which is rare at this price point and very welcome. A 52mm front thread allows filters to be attached, but there’s no separate mount for a lens hood.

Nikon Z 40mm f/2 9-blade aperture

The aperture diaphragm employs 9 curved blades

Nikon has included an aperture diaphragm with 9 rounded blades, which unusually is very visible towards the front of the optical system. The idea is to give attractively blurred backgrounds when stopped down a little. It should also give 18-ray sun stars, for those who are concerned about such things.

Nikkor Z 40mm f/2:  Build and Handling

Another area where Nikon has saved costs becomes evident when you examine the lens. Not only is the barrel constructed of lightweight but sturdy plastics, but so is the mount. This is always a controversial approach, but happily it doesn’t affect how easily the lens can be swapped on and off the camera.

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The lens employs a plastic mount, with the outer barrel overhanging by about 1mm to provide a barrier against dust and water getting into the camera

There’s no rubber O-ring seal at the back; instead, the outer barrel slightly overhangs the mount surface, to form a physical barrier against water getting into the camera.

This is also a very simple design in terms of controls. There’s just a broad manual-focus ring onboard that has a textured plastic grip and rotates smoothly without any end-stops. As usual with Nikon, it can be re-assigned from the camera to control the aperture, ISO or exposure compensation.

Nikon 40mm f/2 on Nikon Z7, in-hand

The manual focus ring can also be used to change exposure settings, but it’s very easy to nudge and throw them off accidentally

However, as the focus ring is the natural place to grasp the lens with your left hand and lacks any click stops, I found it far too easy to nudge accidentally. I’d rather use the camera’s dials to change exposure settings instead.

Of course, the big attraction of the 40mm f/2 is its size and weight. At 45.5mm in length and 170g, only the similarly designed Nikkor Z 28mm f/2.8 is smaller within Nikon’s full-frame Z-mount range. Compared to the 50mm f/1.8 S, the 40mm f/2 is half the weight and just a little over half the length.

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At just 46mm in length, the 40mm f/2 makes for a compact package on Nikon’s Z cameras

On the Nikon Z 7 body I used for testing, you hardly even notice it’s there. It’s the kind of lens that you can throw in your bag and carry around all way without a second thought, which makes it perfect for travelling light.

Nikon 40mm f/2: Autofocus

One compromise that’s often made with inexpensive lenses is autofocus speed. But that’s not really the case here, thanks of the internal focus design. Instead, the lens is generally very snappy, autofocusing silently and accurately wherever you tell it to. I did occasionally find it refused to focus for no apparent reason, mostly when trying to get it to shift between distant and close-up subjects. But this didn’t happen often enough to be seriously troublesome.

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Autofocus is reasonably fast, silent, and accurate. Nikon Z 7, Nikon Z 40mm f/2, 1/320sec at f/2, ISO 400; 20MP APS-C crop (60mm equivalent)

If you do find yourself needing to tweak focus manually, you’ll have to engage this from the camera, as there’s no focus mode switch on the lens itself. While the focus ring works electronically rather than mechanically, manual focus still responds promptly and intuitively. Turning the ring brings up a basic distance scale in the camera’s viewfinder, but for the most accurate results, it’s best to engage magnified live view using the requisite button on the camera body.

Nikkor 40mm f/2: Image Quality

So now for the most important question – what kind of image quality does this relatively inexpensive optic deliver? Unsurprisingly, it doesn’t hit the same heights as its S-series siblings when used with the aperture wide open. But the good news is that it still delivers very attractive-looking images.

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Despite its low price, the Nikkor Z 40mm f/2 gives really attractive images. Nikon Z7, Nikon Z 40mm f/2, 1/125sec at f/2, ISO 800

Stop the aperture down and it gets very sharp indeed; at f/5.6 or f/8, it delivers more than enough detail to match the Z 7’s 45.7MP sensor from corner to corner. This is pretty good going for a £249 lens.

Nikon 40mm f/2 sample image at f/8

Plenty of detail is resolved at the lens’s sweet spot around f/8. Nikon Z7, Nikon Z 40mm f/2, 1/80sec at f/8, ISO 100

Let’s look at its characteristics in a little more detail. Central sharpness is very respectable even at f/2, and this performance extends to the top and bottom edges of the frame. At the left and right edges, detail starts to soften visibly when viewed at 100% onscreen, while the extreme corners are decidedly blurred. But then again, the chances of any important detail being in focus in the corners at f/2 is pretty slim.

Nikon Z 40mm f/2 low light sample at F2

With its relatively bright f/2 aperture, the lens is useful for shooting in low light. Nikon Z7, Nikon Z 40mm f/2, 1/8sec at f/2, ISO 1600, hand-held

Stop down to f/4 and the centre and edges sharpen up very nicely; by f/5.6 the entire frame is as sharp as it’s ever going to be. At the smallest aperture of f/16 diffraction softening takes the edge off the finest detail. But even so, I wouldn’t hesitate to stop down this far when the extra depth of field is important.

Nikon Z 40mm f/2 sample at f/16

Diffraction takes the edge off sharpness at f/16, but that’s no reason not to use it. Nikon Z7, Nikon Z 40mm f/2, 1/60sec at f/16, ISO 100

One area where the 40mm f/2 lags behind its more complex and expensive contemporaries comes with respect to close-up performance. Its relatively simple focusing mechanism means that it can’t maintain the same level of sharpness at short range and large apertures, giving hazy images due to spherical aberration. If you want crisp shots at less than a metre, you’ll need to stop down to f/4 at least. But then again, the close-focusing specialist Zeiss Batis 40mm F2 CF costs £1000 and is twice the length and weight, so pick your poison.

Nikon Z 40mm f.2 close-range sample at f/11

If you want crisp images at close distances, you’ll need to stop down the aperture. Nikon Z7, Nikon Z 40mm f/2, 1/60sec at f/11, ISO 100

Nikon’s in-camera processing is excellent at suppressing chromatic aberration, so you won’t see any troublesome colour fringing in your JPEG files. If you make the mistake of disabling Auto distortion control in-camera, you will see a little barrel distortion, but it’s really nothing to worry about. Likewise raw files include correction metadata for both chromatic aberration and distortion, which is automatically applied by Adobe raw conversion software.

Nikon Z 40mm f/2 sample image

Even in the worst-case scenarios, only a little colour fringing is visible. Nikon Z7, Nikon Z 40mm f/2, 1/50sec at f/8, ISO 4500

One aspect where the lens falls short is with regard to vignetting. Normally I don’t mind a little corner darkening; more often than not, it’s a good thing for framing your subject. But with the 40mm f/2, the fall-off pattern is quite abrupt and severe, which means it can look distracting and unattractive. I’d recommend ensuring that Vignette Control is set to Normal to suppress the effect.

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Vignetting can be pronounced at f/2, with abrupt light falloff in the corners. Nikon Z7, Nikon Z 40mm f/2, 1/640s at f/2, ISO 100

On a more positive note, I saw barely any problems when shooting into the light, with minimal ghosting or loss of contrast. Stop the aperture down to f/11 or f/16, and you can get some rather nice sunstars in favourable situations. But when the sun is very bright in a clear sky, it’s also possible to get unsightly coloured mosaic artefacts.

Nikon Z 40mm f2 flare and sunstar sample

Nikon Z7, Nikon Z 40mm f/2, 1/125sec at f/16, ISO 100

While the lens is capable of delivering quite strongly blurred backgrounds, I’m not a huge fan of its bokeh when shot wide open at f/2. Blur circles can often to be bright-edged, and take on odd shapes towards the edges and corners of the frame. If you’re after smooth background blur, sometimes it can be better to stop down to f/2.8.

Nikon Z 40mm f2 bokeh example

Bokeh isn’t terrible, but it’s not super-smooth either. Nikon Z7, Nikon Z 40mm f/2, 1/80sec at f/2, ISO 100

All told, though, the Nikkor Z 40mm f/2 produces very decent images, especially when you take into account its bargain price.

Nikon Nikkor Z 40mm f/2: Our Verdict

I can be tempting to overlook inexpensive lenses like the Nikon Nikkor Z 40mm f/2 and assume that with its simpler optics and plastic mount, it won’t be up to much. But in this case, that would be a huge mistake. Because while Nikon may have cut some costs in the design, it’s done so in a very sensible, well-judged way. The result is a lovely little lens that’s capable of giving fine results.

Nikon Z 40mm f/2 in use

The Nikon Z 40mm f.2 is a fine lens that punches well above its weight and price point

Naturally the Nikon 40mm f/2 does have its limitations, but in practice they’re relatively few and minor. And in return, its compact size and light weight mean you can happily carry it around all day, while the weather-resistant construction means you don’t have to worry about using it in unfavourable weather.

Nikon Z 40mm f/2 sample image

Nikon Z7, Nikon Z 40mm f/2, 1/50sec at f/2, ISO 180

Nikon has to be applauded for being prepared to make compromises to achieve the smaller size and lower price of its compact primes; not just the 40mm f/2, but the 28mm f/2.8 as well. Over the past decade or so, manufacturers seem to have become obsessed with making large, complex and expensive lenses, in a bid to deliver corner-to-corner sharpness at all apertures and focus distances. Such optics certainly have their place, but not to the exclusion of everything else.

Nikon Z 40mm f/2 sample

Nikon Z7, Nikon Z 40mm f/2, 1/40sec at f/11, ISO 100

I’m not going to pretend that the 40mm f/2 is the best lens I’ve reviewed this year. But thanks to its combination of decent optics, reasonably bright aperture, portability and responsive AF, it’s one that I’ve really enjoyed using. In many respects it me reminds me of the Samyang AF 45mm F1.8 FE, and to get sharper optics at this size you’d have to sacrifice maximum aperture, as with the Sony FE 40mm F2.5 G.

Nikon Z 40mm f/2 sample image

Nikon Z7, Nikon Z 40mm f/2, 1/30sec at f/11, ISO 100

Ultimately the Nikon Z 40mm f/2 comes highly recommended, not only to Z system users who don’t already have a native standard prime, but also to those who’d like a smaller and lighter alternative to S-line optics.

4.5 stars

Nikon Nikkor Z 40mm f/2: Full Specifications

Nikon Nikkor Z 40mm f/2 on the Nikon Z7

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Nikon Nikkor Z 40mm F/2 Lens Review

Nikon Nikkor Z 40mm F/2 Lens Review

Nikon NIKKOR Z 40mm F/2
 

Nikon’s Z system of cameras and lenses is steadily growing and now offers a very strong range that consistently nails it in terms of quality. Some of the lenses, especially the premium S range, are expensive, but now some new, very affordable optics are emerging. The Nikkor Z 28mm f/2.8 SE has already been reviewed and found to be superb, and hot on its heels we have the Nikkor Z 40mm f/2, similarly compact, light through the use of plastics, but this time without the overtly retro styling. It will be fascinating to see if it proves to be as good as the 28mm, so let’s couple it up with the full-frame 45MP Nikon Z7 II and find out.

 

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Nikkor Z 40mm f/2 Handling and Features

Nikon NIKKOR Z 40mm F/2
 

The lens is light, weighing in at 170g, made possible by the extensive use of plastics including the mount. Construction quality is excellent and there is some dust and water sealing that will enable use in more situations. Nikon qualifies this on their website by saying water sealing is not guaranteed under all circumstances. This leaves us making a judgement as to how much rain, for example, is too much rain, but it has to be better than no sealing.

Intended for both full-frame (FX) and crop sensor (DX) Nikon Z cameras, on the crop sensor the “35mm equivalent” field of view equates to 60mm. This leaves the lens being a “wide standard” on full-frame and a short telephoto on APS-C. Both options are useful and in fact, 40mm lenses seem to be making a bit of a comeback.

Starting our tour of the lens at the front, there is no provided lens hood, always a shame, and for what it would cost including one would be a nice touch. There is a standard 52mm filter thread. Looking into the front element, the 9 bladed diaphragm can be clearly seen, making a very smooth rounded aperture.

There is only one control on the lens, the smooth electronic manual focusing ring. In fact, this control ring can be programmed by the camera and there are several function options. Focus, in AF or MF, is the default and we have the alternative options of aperture adjustment, exposure compensation and ISO. Not all may be available with all camera bodies.

 

Nikon NIKKOR Z 40mm F/2

 

Focusing is down to 0.29m, or 0.96 feet, for a maximum magnification of 0.17x. AF is driven by an impressively quiet stepping motor that is no slouch in finding the point of focus. Accuracy appears to be good, so the image snaps into focus efficiently.

Optical construction is just 6 elements in 4 groups, including 2 aspheric. We might expect from this a lens showing high contrast images and very little flare. There is no VR (Vibration Reduction) built into the lens, so we rely on VR in the camera bodies. Not all the Nikon Z bodies have this.

The lens is so simple to use that it becomes a simple extension of our eyes and the 40mm focal length gives a natural view of the world. It is very close to the theoretical standard lens for 35mm-format, which would be 43mm, calculated using a measurement of the diagonal of the format. If used on APS-C, then a 60mm-equivalent field of view is a slightly different beast, but still very useful. Of course, very early f/2 standard lenses were often 58mm, so a 60mm is not too far away from that.

Apart from the aesthetics of the image, the lens also has the merit of being extremely light and easy to carry for as long as it takes without fatigue. We are into the realms of compact travel lenses and there is much to be said for travelling light.

Nikon NIKKOR Z 40mm F/2
 

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New Nikon Z 40mm F2 ships this fall for $299

Front of the Nikon Z 40mm f/2

The Nikon Z-mount is still relatively young, and, until recently, affordable glass for the system has mostly been nonexistent, outside of a couple of kit zooms. That all changed earlier this summer when Nikon announced the Z 28mm f/2.8 SE (special edition), priced at $300, alongside the retro-fabulous Nikon Z fc body. And now, Nikon has announced another affordable prime in the Nikon Z 40mm f/2, also priced at $300.

Size and weight

The front of the Nikon Z 40mm F2 lens
The mount on the 40mm f/2 is plastic. Nikon

Both compact and lightweight, the lens measures 1.8 inches in length and weighs just 6 ounces, making it easy to carry around and take on an excursion. We suspect its unobtrusive design will catch the interest of travel and street photographers alike.

A versatile prime for full-frame and APS-C

While the Nikon Z 40mm f/2 is built with full-frame sensors in mind, it’s also compatible with Nikon’s two APS-C mirrorless bodies, the Nikon Z50 and the recently-launched Nikon Z fc.

Mounted on either of those two cameras, you’ll experience a 1.5x crop factor for a 60mm equiv. field of view, making this a good choice for portraiture.

While on a full-frame body–say, the Nikon Z5, Z6 (II) and Z7 (II)–the 40mm field of view and reasonably fast f/2 maximum aperture should prove perfect for capturing everyday moments in most lighting conditions.

Optics, aperture, and build-quality

The Z 40mm F2 has an optical construction consisting of 6 elements in 4 groups, and a 9-blade aperture. We’ve yet to get our hands on a copy, but this sample image from Nikon shows some lovely-looking, circular bokeh.

The housing features a plastic construction—including the lens mount—but based on our experience handling the Z 28mm f/2, we still expect a decent build quality. And a rubber seal at the base should help keep dust and moisture out of your camera body.

The Nikon Z 40mm F2
The Z 40mm can be mounted on both full-frame and APS-C Nikon mirrorless cameras. For example, on the Z50, it will give a 60mm equiv. field of view. Nikon

Features and AF

Although the lens is inexpensive, it includes a nice assortment of features. An integrated focus/control ring, which users can customize to adjust a number of variables, including focus, ISO, aperture or exposure compensation. The minimum focusing distance is also fairly respectable at just under a foot (0.96 ft). And the front offers a fairly standard-sized 52mm filter thread. A stepping motor powers focus, which should result in near-silent, zippy AF. And for video shooters, Nikon says focus breathing should be fairly minimal.

Price and availability

While all of the above sounds pretty good to us (price included), we’ll have to try it out to see if this affordable little prime can live up to its billing. We’ll know more in the late fall when the lens is available.

The Nikon Z 40mm f/2 prime lens will be available “later this fall” for $299.95.

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New Ricoh GR IIIx sports a 40mm f/2.8 lens

The front of the new Ricoh GR IIIx.

It’s hardly news that in 2021, most consumers aren’t buying basic point-and-shoot cameras, which is why few camera manufacturers produce such models. But camera makers are still making advanced point-and-shoots, which are more expensive but also tend to have larger sensors, better optics and all-around better functionality. Case in point: Ricoh’s new GR IIIx.

The GR series of compacts has long carried somewhat of a cult following among street photographers. And this new model–which joins 2019’s Ricoh GR III in the company’s camera lineup,–aims to appeal directly to that customer.

The most conspicuous difference on the new Ricoh GR IIIx, which will be available in early October, is that it has a newly designed 40mm equiv. f/2.8 lens, which is a narrower field of view than the 28mm equiv. lens found historically on GR models. Ricoh says the focal length change is largely based on user feedback. While 28mm is considered wide-angle, 40mm is considered a more “normal” field-of-view.

It’s also more expensive. The sticker price is $999.95, which is about $100 more than the GR III.

The top of the Ricoh GR IIIx.
The new Ricoh GR IIIx features the same general body design as the standard GR III. Ricoh/Pentax

Key features

The GR IIIx shares quite a bit with the standard GR III, including a 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor with 3-axis sensor-shift image stabilization. Like the GR III it is capable of outputting 14-bit Raw files and offers a top ISO sensitivity of 102,400. The new model does, however, get an updated processor (GR Engine 6) which could potentially lead to some image quality improvements. And like the GR III, the “x” model offers on-sensor phase-detection AF in addition to contrast-detect AF–the former should help the camera avoid “hunting” in low light.

The rear sports a 3-in touchscreen LCD with 1.04-million dots, the same as the GR III. The battery is also the same and gets a CIPA-rated 200 shots per charge (though you should get more in real-world shooting scenarios). Other standout features include a built-in 2EV neutral density filter as well as built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity.

One area we would’ve like to seen improved over the GR III is video capability. Unfortunately, the GR IIIx shoots the same full-HD resolution video (1920 x 1080) at 60, 30 or 24 frames per second (in H-264 format).

The rear of the new Ricoh GR IIIx
The rear of the GR IIIx offers a fixed touchscreen with just over a million dots. Ricoh/Pentax

The new lens

The body design of the GR IIIx is unchanged from the previous generation, but the lens design is new and consists of 7 elements arranged in 5 groups, with two aspherical elements. The actual focal length of the lens is 26.1mm but paired with an APS-C sensor, the field of view is equivalent to 40mm. The lens uses a 9-blade aperture and offers a close-focus distance of just 4.7-inches.

Accesories

Ricoh says there will also be several accessories available for the new GR IIIx, including:

  • Tele conversion lens (GT-2)
  • Lens adapter (GA-2)
  • External mini optical viewfinder (GV-3)
  • Ring cap (available in dark gray, black, or bronze) (GN-2)
  • Soft leather case (GC-11)
The new Ricoh GR IIIx
Users can mount a variety of accessories on the camera’s hotshoe, including an optical viewfinder, shown here. Ricoh/Pentax

Availability

The Ricoh GR IIIx is available for preorder now and will ship in October. The price is $999.95.

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NIKKOR Z 40mm F/2 Lens Announced For Nikon Z Mount System

NIKKOR Z 40mm F/2 Lens Announced For Nikon Z Mount System

NIKKOR Z 40mm F/2
 

Nikon has updated the lens line-up that’s compatible with the Z series of full-frame mirrorless cameras, such as the Nikon Z7 II, with the introduction of the NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2.

The new NIKKOR Z-mount lens is sharp, fast, small in size and perfect for portraits as the 9-blad aperture produces soft, natural-looking bokeh that makes the subject stand out. 

NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2 features:

  • Bright f/2 standard prime lens: 40 mm angle of view on Z series full-frame cameras. 60 mm angle of view on a Z series DX-format camera.
  • True to life: the lens renders stills and movies with beautiful detail, depth, and colour.
  • Artful bokeh: putting subjects in sharp focus against beautiful, softly blurred backgrounds has never been easier.
  • Great up close: minimum focus distance of just 0.29 m. Sharpness is superb, even up close.
  • Fast, silent autofocus: powered by an ultra-quiet stepping motor and enhanced by the additional light gathered by the Z mount, focusing is fast, accurate and silent.
  • Made for video: videos won’t be ruined by focusing sounds. Focus breathing is dramatically reduced so you can adjust focus without affecting the shot’s angle of view.
  • Pocketable: small enough to keep on the camera or slip into a coat pocket.
  • Adaptable: the silent control ring can be set to control focus, aperture, exposure compensation, or ISO.
  • Protected: sealed to protect from dust and water droplets

 

Pricing & Availability: The NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2 will be available from 30 September 2021 with an RRP of £249.

 

From Nikon UK:

Z50 40 2 Front34l |
 

Today, Nikon is pleased to announce the release of the NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2, a compact and lightweight prime lens compatible with full-frame (Nikon FX-format) mirrorless cameras for which the Nikon Z mount has been adopted. The beautifully lyrical NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2 is an everyday superhero: sharp, fast, and small enough to wield discreetly, it’s great for everything from vlogs to vibrant snapshots.

This bright, standard prime lens offers a natural angle of view that is ideal for candid portraits, interviews, and how-to videos. Without a big lens in their face, subjects will feel more comfortable, and the lens is so small and light that it’s ideal for filming engaging first-person perspectives too.

Z40 2 Angle2 |
 

The wide Z mount combines with the lens’ wide f/2 maximum aperture to deliver great low-light performance, ideal for capturing the mood of dimly lit situations. The rounded 9-blade aperture enables soft, natural-looking bokeh: photographers and movie shooters can capture images with softly blurred, super-creamy backgrounds that really make their subject stand out.

Rob Harmon, Senior Commercial Lead, Nikon Northern Europe, says: “We are thrilled to welcome this versatile prime lens into the ever-growing Nikon Z system. This lens is a great value-for-money entry point into the world of Nikon Z. It’s so compact and lightweight that it’s ideal as a main walk-around lens or a lightweight second lens.”

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Nikon Z 40mm f/2 Formally Announced + Pre-Order Links

Nikon Z 40mm f2 with Nikon Z5 Product Photo

A few months after announcing its development in June, today Nikon formally announced the compact Z-series 40mm f/2 lens and revealed its full specifications. The lens will go on sale “later this fall” according to Nikon, with a suggested retail price of $300.

Here are the lens’s full specifications:

  • Mount Type: Nikon Z Mount
  • Focal Length: 40mm
  • Angle of View (DX): 57°
  • Angle of View (FX): 39°
  • Maximum Aperture: f/2
  • Minimum Aperture: f/16
  • Aperture Blades: 9
  • Filter Size: 52mm
  • Lens Elements: 6
  • Lens Groups: 4
  • Special Elements: 2 aspherical
  • ARNEO Coating: No
  • Nano Crystal Coating: No
  • Super Integrated Coating: Yes
  • Fluorine Coated Front Element: No
  • Electronic Diaphragm: Yes
  • Vibration Reduction: No
  • Internal Focusing: Yes
  • Control Rings: One (generally used for manual focus)
  • Function Buttons: No
  • Focus Motor: Stepping motor
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 0.29 meters (0.95 feet)
  • Maximum Magnification: 0.17× (1:5.9)
  • Mount Material: Plastic
  • Weather/Dust Sealing: Yes
  • Dimensions (Length × Diameter): 46 × 70 mm / 1.8 × 2.8 inches
  • Weight: 170 g / 0.37 lbs
  • MSRP: $300

Nikon Z 40mm f2 Product Photo

At 170 g (0.37 pounds), this is one of the lightest full-frame Nikon Z lenses yet. It keeps company with the Z 28mm f/2.8 (160 g) and Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3 (195 g).

Compared to the existing Nikon Z 50mm f/1.8 S, the 40mm f/2 has some clear advantages and disadvantages. On the positive side, it is significantly less expensive at $300 versus $600 (though the 50mm occasionally goes on sale for $500). The 40mm f/2 also weighs much less at just 170 grams compared to 415 grams, and it’s far more compact – a similar diameter but roughly half the length. Further, in terms of light-gathering capabilities, the difference between f/2 and f/1.8 is only 1/3 of a stop. Here’s the lens’s construction diagram:

Nikon Z 40mm f2 Lens Construction Diagram

However, not everything about this comparison is in the 40mm f/2’s favor. It has lower-end construction than the Nikon Z 50mm f/1.8 S, with a plastic lens mount and no water-resistant fluorine coating on the front element. Optically, the 40mm f/2 doesn’t have as many bells and whistles. There’s no nano crystal coating or extra-low dispersion glass elements, and it has a simpler optical construction with 6 elements compared to 12. We won’t know how this translates to image quality until we test the lens in person, but it probably isn’t reasonable to expect this lens to outperform Nikon’s other Z-series primes. Here’s the MTF chart that Nikon supplies:

Nikon Z 40mm f2 Lens MTF Chart

Of course, some compromises are necessary when designing pancake (or at least small) lenses, and the 40mm f/2 fills a much-needed slot in Nikon’s Z-series lineup. Almost all the Nikon Z lenses so far have been excellent in image quality, but they do sometimes sacrifice a bit of portability to get there. (An example goes back to the 50mm f/1.8 S – hardly a massive lens, but noticeably bigger and heavier than its F-mount counterpart.)

Since mirrorless cameras are so often good choices for travel and hiking photography, I’m glad to see Nikon putting effort into making some compact lenses these days. I expect that this lens, like the 28mm f/2.8, will sell very well, both due to its price and its portability. Personally, I’m considering getting one to complement my travel kit of the Nikon Z 14-30mm f/4 S and 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR.

You can pre-order the lens at the following links, which I definitely recommend if you want to be near the front of the line:

Nikon also included several sample images for the 40mm f/2. I’ve added the ones with full EXIF below.

Official Sample Images

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Aurelie Gonin | Z5 + NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2 @ 1/4000, f/2, ISO 100
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Gabriela Herman | Z5 + NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2 @ 1/3200, f/5, ISO 400
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Dominique Cherry | Z5 + NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2 @ 1/50, f/2, ISO 180
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Laura E. Pritchett | Z5 + NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2 @ 1/1600, f/5.6, ISO 200 |
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Chen Yu | Z5 + NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2 @ 1/640, f/2, ISO 100

Below is Nikon’s full press release for the 40mm f/2:

FUN, FAST & AFFORDABLE: THE NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2 ULTRA COMPACT PRIME LENS

The Expansion of the NIKKOR Z Lens Line Continues

MELVILLE, NY –

Today Nikon announced the new NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2, a compact yet capable FX-format prime lens that provides fantastic image quality, fast aperture, a practical field of view and extraordinary bokeh for everyday image and video capture.

Affordable, portable and bright, this new optic checks all the right boxes for a lightweight lens to carry just about anywhere for nearly any occasion. Whether seeking a lens for everyday snaps, unobtrusive street photography or as a travel companion that easily fits in your carry-on, the new 40mm lets you capture with incredible sharpness, fast focus and gorgeous blurred backgrounds. Additionally, the fast aperture affords excellent low light performance and exceptional image quality – from portraits to food, or still life to 4K video, users can expect vivid colors and lifelike three-dimensional depth.

“Many creators have told us that they want extremely small lenses with fast apertures to complement their lightweight mirrorless Z series cameras,” said Jay Vannatter, Executive Vice President, Nikon Inc. “The new 40mm f/2 delivers as a great lens for travel, street photography or everyday use.”

The 40mm f/2 is a versatile lens that can be used with any Nikon Z series full frame or DX-format camera. The lens is small enough to pair perfectly with a Z 50, Z fc or Z 5, yet suitable for Z 6II and Z 7II users looking for a light and compact “walk-around” lens.

NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2: All-Purpose Prime with Beautiful Bokeh

  • A compact, versatile prime lens that is ideal for everyday applications such as close-ups, casual portraits and food photography.
  • Delivers fantastic bokeh and a dramatic separation of the subject from the background.
  • The standard focal range hits the sweet spot of a natural angle of view, while still being wide enough for street photography. When mounted on a DX-format camera, the lens is equivalent to 60mm, which is a great focal length for flattering portraits.
  • Ultra-compact, weighing in at merely 170g and only 1.8” long, making it easy to carry around for day-long outings.
  • Built with 6 elements in 4 groups with a 9-blade diaphragm that creates a gorgeous, circular bokeh that draws attention to the subject.
  • Utilizes an electromagnetic diaphragm for precise aperture control and stable exposure during continuous shooting.
  • The NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2 offers a short 0.96ft (0.29m) minimum focusing distance, which is excellent for capturing food and top-down photos of décor and tablescapes.
  • Designed with consideration for dust and drip-resistant performance with a sealing that prevents dust and water droplets from entering the lens.
  • Video shooters will benefit from the quiet operation, natural focus shift that allows for fluid changes when going from close focusing to infinity, reduced focus breathing and smooth aperture control.
  • The lens features an integrated control ring, which can be customized and assigned to adjust focus, ISO, aperture and exposure compensation.

Pricing and Availability
The new NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2 compact prime lens will be available starting later this fall (US) for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $299.95*. For more information about the latest Nikon products, including this new NIKKOR Z lens and the entire Nikon Z series, please visit nikonusa.com.

About Nikon 
Nikon Inc. is a world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and technologies for photo and video capture; globally recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance for an award-winning array of equipment that enables visual storytelling and content creation. Nikon Inc. distributes consumer and professional Z Series mirrorless camera, digital SLR cameras, a vast array of NIKKOR and NIKKOR Z lenses, Speedlights and system accessories, Nikon COOLPIX® compact digital cameras and Nikon software products. For more information, dial (800) NIKON-US or visit www.nikonusa.com, which links all levels of photographers and visual storytellers to the Web’s most comprehensive learning and sharing communities. Connect with Nikon on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Vimeo and Flickr.

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*SRP (Suggested Retail Price) listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time.

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Compact Nikon Nikkor Z 40mm F2 Lens Announced

Compact Nikon Nikkor Z 40mm F2 Lens Announced

Nikon Nikkor Z 40mm f2

Nikon has announced the new Nikkor Z 40mm f2, an affordable 40mm full-frame mirrorless lens for Nikon Z cameras. Designed to be give a natural angle of view, the lens has a compact design that is said to make subjects feel and act more naturally, in comparison to a big lens “in their face”.

The lens will be available from the end of September priced at £249 / €289 (ROI).

The lens is weather-sealed, and has an ultra-quiet stepper motor. The lens has 9 aperture blades that are rounded to give pleasing background blur and bokeh.

Nikon Z 40mm f2

Nikon say the lens is ideal for both stills photography and vlogging, with the lens is designed to be suitable for video use as well, with minimised focus breathing.

There is a minimum focus distance of 29cm, with internal focusing, and the lens comes with a front and rear lens cap.

Nikon Nikkor Z 40mm f2 on Nikon Z5

When using on APS-C Nikon Z cameras, such as the Nikon Zfc, the lens gives a 60mm angle of view. The control ring can be set to control focus, aperture, exposure compensation, or ISO.

The lens is made up of 6 elements in 4 groups, including 2 aspherical elements, with a 52mm filter thread. The compact prime lens weighs 170g, and measures 70mm (diameter) by 45.5mm (length).

Rob Harmon, Senior Commercial Lead, Nikon Northern Europe, says: “We are thrilled to welcome this versatile prime lens into the ever-growing Nikon Z system. This lens is a great value-for-money entry point into the world of Nikon Z. It’s so compact and lightweight that it’s ideal as a main walk-around lens or a lightweight second lens.” 

Nikon Nikkor Z 40mm f2 Specifications

Lens Mount: Z-Mount
Aperture range: f/2 – f/16
Lens construction: 6 elements in 4 groups (including 2 aspherical elements)
Angle of view: FX format: 57°, DX format: 38°50′
Focusing system: Internal focusing system
Minimum focus distance: 0.29m (0.96ft) measured from focal plane
Maximum reproduction ratio: 0.17x
No. of diaphragm blades: 9 (rounded diaphragm opening)
Filter attachment size: 52mm (P = 0.75mm)
Diameter x length: 70mm maximum diameter x 45.5mm
Weight: 170g
Autofocus: Yes (Internal focusing)
Focusing: Auto, Manual
Supplied accessories: LC-52B Lens Cap (front cap), LF-N1 Lens Cap (rear cap)

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Nikon Reveals The Affordable Z-Mount 40mm f/2 Compact Prime Lens

Nikon Reveals The Affordable Z-Mount 40mm f/2 Compact Prime Lens

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Nikon has announced the $300 Nikkor Z 40mm f/2 Ultra-Compact prime lens. The company claims the new optic will provide extraordinary bokeh and fantastic image quality for both video and still photos, all in a very tiny package.

Nikon says that many creators have told it that they want extremely small lenses with fast apertures to compliment the lightweight Z series mirrorless cameras, and the new 40mm f/2 will deliver on that request in a lens that it says is great for travel, street photography, and everyday use.

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The company says that the 40mm f/2 prime lens is versatile and can be used on any of the Nikon Z series full-frame or DX (Crop sensor) format cameras since it is small enough to sit discretely on a Z 50 or Z fc, but still suitable when paired on a Z6 II or Z7 II for users seeking something light and compact as a “walk-about” lens. It is worth noting that when paired with a DX system the lens is equivalent to 60mm, making it a great focal length for portraits.

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The new lens is built with six elements in four groups and features a nine-blade electromagnetic diaphragm for precise aperture control and stable exposures during continuous shooting. This is all packed into a lens body that is only 1.8 inches in length and weighs just 170 grams, making it a lens you can actually carry in your pocket. The company boasts the f/2 aperture will give impressive low-light performance while providing exceptional bokeh for great separation between the subject and the background of the images.

Additionally, the lens features a short 0.96 foot (0.29 meter) minimum focusing distance making it suitable for shooting products, food, and beverages that require a “top-down” setup. On top of this, the new 40mm f/2 lens is also weather-sealed to prevent dust and water from entering the lens, features an integrated control ring that can be customized to adjust multiple settings, and the focus motor adjusts smoothly and quietly further proving its utility for video shooters.

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Below are some sample images captured with the new 40mm f/2 ultra-compact prime lens:

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The new Nikkor Z 40mm f/2 ultra-compact prime lens will be available to order later this fall for $300.

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Ricoh Quietly Launches the GR IIIx with New 40mm Equivalent Lens

Ricoh Quietly Launches the GR IIIx with New 40mm Equivalent Lens

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Ricoh has announced the successor to the GR III, the GR IIIx. The new compact digital camera is described as high-end and features a newly developed 40mm f/2.8 GR lens.

Ricoh says the GR IIIx was developed in response to users who wanted to see a new GR-series camera that would provide a “new perspective” over the GR III that was originally released in March of 2019. That camera featured a 28mm wide-angle lens (35mm full-frame equivalent).

The Ricoh GR IIIx is designed to provide an angle of view more akin to a photographer’s own eyesight, which Ricoh believes it has done with the 26.1mm f/2.8 GR lens on its APS-C format CMOS sensor, which translates to 40mm in the full-frame 35mm format. The company says that depending on the way the lens is used, this lens angle can render different results.

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“This versatile angle of view can create different image renditions: you can capture an image similar to those taken at a 30mm semi-wide angle, or create a completely different visual expression as if taken at a 50mm standard angle,” the company says. “The camera also provides a range of new and upgraded post-shooting functions to edit captured images to the photographer’s preference.”

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The newly designed optic is constructed of seven elements in five groups and incorporates two aspherical optical elements at what Ricoh has determined dto be the most effective positions in an effort to reduce distortion and chromatic aberrations while effectively minimizing the generation of flare and ghosting when shooting against backlight.

The lens can focus as close as 12 centimeters from the front of the lens and comes equipped with a neutral density filter (ND) which reduces the light captured by two stops. Ricoh says that its nine-blade diaphragm mechanism creates a natural bokeh effect and a “truthful sense of depth” wide open at f/2.8 and can also create a sun star effect when closed down.

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Behind the lens is a three-axis stabilized 24.24-megapixel sensor. That three-axis system shifts the image sensor to deal with horizontal and vertical shake by as many as four stops. It also comes equippd with Ricoh’s AA (anti-aliasing) Filter Simulator which applies microscopic vibrations with sub-pixel precision to the image sensor unit during exposure which the company says provides the same level of moiré reduction as an optical AA filter.

The GR IIIx features a 3.0-inch high-definition LCD monitor with approximately 1,037,000 dots as well as wireless WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity.

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Below are a few image samples provided by Ricoh, taken by Yohihiko Ueda, a Photographer and Professor in the Department of Graphic Design at Tama Art University. Additional images can be found on Ricoh’s website.

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The camera is not currently available to order in the United States but is available for pre-order in the UK for £899 and €999 in Europe.

Ricoh USA has confirmed that the pricing for the GR IIIx will be $1,000 and it will be available in early October.

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Ricoh GR IIIx announced with new 40mm lens

Ricoh GR IIIx announced with new 40mm lens

Ricoh Imaging has announced the new Ricoh GR IIIx, a version of the Ricoh GR III, but with a new 26.1mm f/2.8, 40mm equivalent lens (in 35mm terms). The new 24mp camera features in-body image stabilisation, and is designed to give a perspective “close to the photographer’s own effective field of view”.

The newly developed lens features a built-in 2-stop ND filter, 9 aperture blades for smooth bokeh, a 12cm close focus distance for macro shots, and retracts into the camera body when switched off to keep the camera pocketable.

Ricoh GR III and GR IIIx

Ricoh GR III and GR IIIx

In-camera image editing has been improved over the original Ricoh GR III, and the compact camera features eye and face detection AF. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth is built-in so you can remotely control the camera, as well as transfer images. Video recording is available at Full HD resolution, and 60fps.

An optional optical viewfinder is available, as well as a teleconverter which gives the camera a 75mm equivalent. The Ricoh GR IIIx will be available for €999.

Also announced is that that the Ricoh GR III will be getting a firmware update which will add some of the new features that the GR IIIx has, including:

  • Eye-detection AF
  • Additional image editing options
  • Auto resize function when transferring wirelessly
  • New DOF Priority (Deep)
  • Check here for the latest firmware for the GR III

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From Ricoh: TOKYO, September 8, 2021 – RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. is pleased to announce the launch of the RICOH GR IIIx. This high-end digital compact camera features a newly developed GR lens with a 40mm angle of view in the 35mm format, while harmonizing professional-grade image quality with a compact, lightweight body perfect for street photography.

The RICOH GR IIIx has been developed in response to user requests for a new GR-series camera that will add a new perspective to the highly acclaimed RICOH GR III. The GR III was released in March 2019, featuring a 28mm wide-angle lens and designed to further enhance the essential values of the GR-series: optimizing image quality, snapshot capabilities and portability. The newly designed 26.1mm GR lens provides a 40mm angle of view in the 35mm format, close to the photographer’s own effective field of view. Depending on the way the lens is used, this versatile angle of view can create different image renditions: you can capture an image similar to those taken at a 30mm semi-wide angle, or create a completely different visual expression as if taken at a 50mm standard angle. The camera also provides a range of new and upgraded post-shooting functions to edit captured images to the photographer’s preference.

The new RICOH GR IIIx is a camera that harmonizes all the benefits of the ever-evolving RICOH GR series with a new, innovative perspective perfect for dramatic, inspiring street photography.

Ricoh GR IIIx with optical viewfinder

Ricoh GR IIIx with optical viewfinder

Main features of the RICOH GR IIIx

1. Newly designed, high-resolution GR lens

The RICOH GR IIIx incorporates a newly developed 26.1mm F2.8 GR lens, which harmonizes exceptional image quality with a slim design. Unlike past GR-series models which featured a 28mm wide angle of view for exaggerated perspective, this lens provides a 40mm standard angle of view in the 35mm format, delivering images with a more natural perspective and a more truthful sense of depth for a completely different type of street photography.

The newly designed optics incorporates two aspherical optical elements at most effective positions to reduce distortion and chromatic aberration to a minimum, while effectively minimizing the generation of flare and ghost images when shooting against backlight.

In macro photography, the camera allows the user to move in on a subject to as close as 12 centimeters from the lens front end. Coupled with the standard focal length, it captures close-up images with a natural perspective, set against a beautifully defocused background.

It also comes equipped with an ND (Neutral Density) filter, which closes the aperture down by two stops to capture high-contrast, high-resolution images with a variety of scenes and subjects and under varying shooting conditions. Its nine-blade diaphragm mechanism creates a natural bokeh (defocus) effect and a truthful sense of depth at open and larger apertures, while capturing beautiful light beams at closed-down apertures.

Ricoh GR IIIx Rear

2. High-quality, high-resolution images

The GR IIIx incorporates a large APS-C-format CMOS image sensor with an anti-aliasing (AA) filter-less design and a newly developed GR ENGINE 6 imaging engine to optimize its image resolving power. With approximately 24.24 effective megapixels, this image sensor assures super-high-resolution images rich in gradation. It is also compatible with multi-tone 14-bit RAW image recording. The camera also features the RICOH-original accelerator unit designed to optimize the image data delivered by the image sensor, and provides a top sensitivity of ISO 102400 for super-high-sensitivity photography.

3. Hybrid AF system for high-speed, high-precision autofocus operation

The GR IIIx features a hybrid AF system combining a contrast-type AF mechanism superior in focusing precision with a phase-detection-type AF mechanism assuring high-speed focusing operation. During autofocus shooting, this AF system detects the subject’s face or eye with precision,* focuses on it, and indicates the in-focus position on the LCD display using the AF frame. When the camera detects multiple faces, it automatically distinguishes the main subject from secondary ones and indicates this on the focus frame. Photographers can also change the main subject with simple touch-screen operation.

* A firmware upgrade for the RICOH GR III will be provided soon. GR III users are advised to update the camera’s firmware to use this function.

Ricoh GR IIIx Teleconverter

4. RICOH-original SR mechanism

  • Three-axis, four-step* shake reduction: The RICOH-original SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism means that the GR IIIx effectively compensates for camera shake at the time of shutter release. The three-axis mechanism minimizes the adverse effects of camera shake caused by pitch, yaw and roll by as much as four shutter steps. Since the SR mechanism shifts the image sensor to the ideal position horizontally and vertically, the camera lets the user take advantage of the Auto Horizon Correction function to effortlessly optimize image composition.

* Measured in conformity with CIPA standards.

  • RICOH-original AA Filter Simulator*: By applying microscopic vibrations with sub-pixel precision to the image sensor unit during exposure, the camera’s AA (anti-aliasing) Filter Simulator provides the same level of moiré reduction as an optical AA filter. This innovative simulator allows the user not only to switch the AA filter effect on and off, but also to adjust the effect to the level best suited for a given subject.

* This function is available at shutter speeds slower than 1/1000 second.

Ricoh GR IIIx Front

5. Compact, lightweight design

Despite the incorporation of the large APS-C-format image sensor and the newly developed optics with a longer focal length, the GR IIIx is designed to be extremely compact, functional and portable, in keeping with the GR-series concept of the camera as a pocketable imaging tool or a handy picture-taking tool. It also provides a host of user-friendly features — such as a short start-up time of approximately 0.8 seconds, control dials conveniently positioned next to the four-way controller, and effortless touch-screen operation — to enhance operability and allow the user to swiftly react to once-in-a-lifetime shutter opportunities. The exterior frame is made of highly rigid magnesium alloy to improve dependability and durability while being carried or stored.

6. High-definition LCD monitor with intuitive touch-screen operation

The GR IIIx features a 3.0-inch high-definition LCD monitor with approximately 1,037,000 dots. Its touch-screen operation provides swift, intuitive control of various camera functions, such as AF frame shift, menu selection, and image advance/magnification during playback. It also features an air gapless construction, in which special resin is inserted between the LCD touchscreen monitor and a protective cover made of reinforced glass, to effectively reduce the reflection and dispersion of light for improved visibility. The Outdoor View Setting allows the user to instantly adjust the monitor’s brightness to the desired level for greater visibility in difficult lighting conditions.

Ricoh GR IIIx Front

7. Image Control function to produce desired visual effects

The GR IIIx features a creative Image Control function, which integrates effect modes into conventional image setting operations. Using 11 basic Image Control modes, the user can easily adjust various parameters, such as saturation, hue, key, contrast and graininess, to the desired level and create their preferred finishing touch. A set of adjusted parameters can be added as a custom setting to the Image Control function menu.

8. Advanced image editing

The GR IIIx provides in-body RAW-data development, while allowing the user to edit a captured image as desired by adjusting such parameters as recoding size, aspect ratio, white balance, Image Control setting, and exposure compensation factor, all without the need of a PC. Since the camera reduces the time required for preview after the user adjusts the parameters of RAW-format images, it enhances the speed of in-body RAW-data development. The camera also lets the user retain the adjusted parameters after the initial RAW-data development is completed, making it possible to make minute re-adjustment of the already-developed image with greater efficiency. The camera’s image quality adjustment function for JPEG images is also upgraded: a newly added monochrome mode allows more minute adjustment of parameters in full-color images, such as filter effect, toning, contrast and sharpness, to create monochrome images with the desired finishing touches. The camera also provides such creative tools as a choice of aspect ratio (16:9 or 4:3)* and image rotation in 0.1-degree steps* to facilitate the image editing process.

* A firmware upgrade for the RICOH GR III will be provided soon. GR III users are advised to update the camera’s firmware to use these tools.

Ricoh GR IIIx and GR III

9. Bluetooth and wireless LAN dual communication

The GR IIIx provides wireless LAN functions for easy pairing with mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers. By installing the dedicated Image Sync application, the user can transfer captured images to a mobile device, display a Live-View image on the device’s monitor, change various settings remotely, release the shutter from a distance, and even upload captured images to various social media with ease. Even when the camera’s power is turned off, the user can browse and download the images stored on the camera to a mobile device. The user can also send a mobile device’s location data to the camera, and record the data on captured images. The Auto Resize function,* which automatically reduces the image size before transmitting an image to a mobile device, also helps improve the camera’s operability.

* A firmware upgrade for the RICOH GR III will be provided soon. GR III users are advised to update the camera’s firmware to use this function.

10. Other features

  • Full HD movie recording (1920 x 1080 pixels, 60 frame rate) in the H-264 recording format
  • New DOF Priority (Deep) * added to the program line to prioritize the closed aperture setting
  • Color Moiré Correction function to reduce the effect of moiré during playback
  • Interval Composite mode, effective in capturing landscapes with traces of the moon and stars
  • Electronic Level to check the camera’s inclination
  • GT-2 Tele Conversion Lens (optional)** to extend the focal length to approx. 75mm telephoto in the 35mm format, usable in combination with the camera’s auto detection and crop functions
  • Compatibility with accessory flash units designed for use with PENTAX digital SLR cameras***

* A firmware upgrade for the RICOH GR III will be provided soon. GR III users are advised to update the camera’s firmware to use this program.
** The GA-2 Lens Adapter — an optional accessory designed exclusively for the GR IIIx — is required to install this lens on the GR IIIx.
*** Compatible accessory flash units are: AF540FGZ II, AF360FGZ II, AF540FGZ, AF360FGZ, AF201FG and AF200FG.

Ricoh GR III and GR IIIx

Ricoh GR IIIx Accessories:

GT-2 Tele Conversion Lens + GA-2 Lens Adapter
Designed for exclusive use with the RICOH GR IIIx, this tele conversion lens is mounted on the camera using the GA-2 Lens Adapter. When mounted, the camera automatically detects it as a tele conversion lens and extends the focal length to approximately 75mm in the 35mm format with the Crop mode, or to approximately 107mm in the secondary Crop mode.

GV-3 External Mini Finder
Designed for exclusive use with the RICOH GR IIIx, this external optical viewfinder features a focus frame (1:1 aspect ratio; a picture guide mark provided) indicating an image field equivalent to the 40mm angle of view in the 35mm format. Carrying case included.

GN-2(DG)/GN-2(BK)/GN-2(BZ) Ring Cap
Exclusively designed for use with the RICOH GR IIIx, this accessory replaces the standard ring cap to upgrade the camera’s appearance, with a choice of three colors: Dark Gray, Black, and the new GR IIIx-exclusive Bronze.

GC-11 Soft Case
This high-grade, genuine-leather camera case provides solid protection of the RICOH GR IIIx/GR III camera body. It features a belt loop on the back and a magnetic lock on the upper cover for quick removal of the camera in snapshot applications.

GC-12 Soft Case
This high-grade, genuine-leather camera case protects the RICOH GR IIIx/GR III camera body when carrying it in a bag. When not in use, it can be folded for portability.

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