If you’re like me, you adore your Nikon Z6 (or Nikon Z7, for those of you who could afford one because you don’t have kids!).
But, you might not have adored the fact that there weren’t many Z-mount lenses available when the Z6 and Z7 were launched. That’s changed now, thankfully, but there’s still way more F-mount lenses out there that make great companions for these cameras.
All you need is the FTZ adapter to make F-mount lenses work with your Z-series camera, and boom, you have dozens and dozens of lenses you can use.
The question is, which ones are worth the money?
Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art
I love a super-wide prime lens, because I’m all about capturing wide landscapes, and this ultra-wide angle from Sigma does the trick.
This Sigma features an aperture range of f/1.8-f/16. It comes with 9 rounded aperture blades and weighs in at a whopping 39.2 oz (you need somewhere to fit all the greatness, right?).
Unfortunately, this Sigma doesn’t have image stabilization, but it is weather sealed, so it’s best for astrophotography, landscape photography and architecture photography.
As a bonus, this lens is also compatible with Z-system cameras with the FTZ adapter.
You can purchase this Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art for $1,300 on Amazon.
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G
This NIKKOR 50mm, as opposed to Nikon’s 50mm f/1.8 lens for its Z system, is cheaper and smaller.
While F-Mount lenses for Nikon Z6 and F-Mount lenses for Nikon Z7 can be made to fit both cameras, this NIKKOR 50mm may work a bit better with the Nikon Z6, primarily because you can use it wide open, which will create a softer photo.
However, the NIKKOR 50mm comes with Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor (SWM), an aspherical lens, and it works beautifully with the in-body image stabilization on the Z cameras that makes it the perfect lens to carry around with you any day of the week.
PhotographyTV did an in-depth look at this lens; you can view it above.
You can purchase the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G starting at around $175 on Amazon.
AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR
If you’re looking for a step up from the NIKKOR 50mm, this AF-S NIKKOR 24-100mm f/4G ED VR lens definitely fits the bill thanks to its sheer versatility.
With much more reach than a more typical 24-70mm zoom, this lens opens up possibilities for shooting wide landscapes at 24mm, intimate portraits at 100mm, and all sorts of subjects in between.
Sure, it’s only an f/4 lens, but the added focal range makes up for it in my book.
This lens also has vibration reduction, and working with the in-body image stabilization in the Z6 or Z7, you can use it in low-light situations with great success despite the f/4 aperture.
With so much versatility to offer, this is a great option if you’re looking for an all-day lens for tackling all kinds of subject matter.
JKLenses reviews this NIKKOR in more depth in the video above.
You can purchase the AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR for $1,100 on Amazon.
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