Nikon also announces an exclusive special edition of the retro-inspired Nikon Z fc mirrorless camera

Melville, NY, November 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Nikon Inc. today announced the NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2 (SE), a new special edition lens with a traditional design inspired by the era of legendary NIKKOR manual lenses. This fast, compact prime lens is the perfect marriage of old and new, using modern optical technology for Z-series mirrorless cameras to create a stylish, fun lens.

Whether you’re looking for a super small lens with a comfortably familiar feel, or you just prefer retro aesthetics, the new lens is a perfect match for any Nikon Z-series camera. The NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2 (SE), with its bold and eye-catching design, is a special edition of the NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2 and is an ideal match for the traditional Z fc. The lens is small enough to accompany APS-C mirrorless cameras like the Z 50, Z fc or Z 30, while also being a great, lightweight and compact “walk-around” lens for users of the Z 5, Z 6II and Z is 7II.

“This lens hits every sweet spot; it has a cool vintage look while being fast, sharp, affordable and super compact.” said Jay VannatterSenior Vice President, Nikon Inc.

The intricate knurling of the special edition 40mm f/2 is based on a careful study of the authentic original NIKKOR design. The lens body has a solid grip, similar to manual lenses, but also features modern design cues like a control ring for customizable versatility. The NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2 (SE) is simply a fun lens, with a fast f/2 maximum aperture that makes it great in low light, with a shallow depth of field that draws attention to the subject. The lens is so small and easy to carry while offering exceptional sharpness for street photos and candid portraits. It also offers a natural angle of view (equivalent to 60mm when attached to a DX body) that is ideal for shooting standard-perspective portraits, stills and video with beautifully blurred backgrounds and excellent low-light performance.

NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2 (SE): Standard prime with vintage vibes

  • A compact, versatile prime lens ideal for everyday creation of casual portraits, street snaps, food photography and more.
  • Delivers amazing defocused backgrounds with beautiful bokeh and a dramatic separation of the subject from the background.
  • Ultra-compact, weighing only 170g and only 1.8 inches long.
  • Built with 6 elements in 4 groups, with a 9-blade aperture for natural out-of-focus areas.
  • The electronic shutter offers precise aperture control for stable exposure during continuous shooting.
  • Focused to out to 0.96ft (0.29 m), which is great for capturing food and top-down photos of decorations and tablescapes.
  • Engineered with dust and drop-proof performance in mind, with a seal that prevents dust and water droplets from entering the lens.1
  • Content and video creators will appreciate the quiet operation and natural focus shift, enabling close-to-infinity focusing, reduced focus breathing, and smooth aperture control.
  • The built-in customizable control ring can be assigned to adjust focus, ISO, aperture and exposure compensation.
  • The small-diameter, high-torque STM (stepping motor) in the AF mechanism ensures exceptionally quiet, fast, and precise operation while maintaining a balance of compact size and excellent AF control performance.

Nikon Z fc Special Edition Black

Nikon has also announced a new stylized version of the Nikon Z fc, now available in an all-black edition as a respectful homage to the original color schemes. The Z fc is a mirrorless camera with a design that evokes the essence of the iconic FM2 film camera, and this new design is sure to appeal to those who appreciate subtle minimalism.

The Z fc is a compact and lightweight mirrorless camera that offers all the advantages of modern technology combined with elegant and attractive precision-carved analogue dials. It features a 20.9 megapixel APS-C sensor for amazing image quality even in low light, combined with advanced technology such as full-time Eye Detection AF, 4K 30p video recording and a vlogger-style vari-angle LCD screen for creative composition. The Z fc makes it easy and fun to capture your content; Users can take full manual control or use the powerful automatic settings to easily capture standout photos and videos that get noticed.

The Z fc is currently also available in an attractive black and silver design as well as in other stylish colors amber brownwhite, natural grey, sand beige, coral pink and mint green.

Price and availability:

The new Nikon NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2 (SE) will be available in early 2023 and will retail for $309.95 SRP at authorized Nikon dealers.

The new Nikon Z fc Black Edition paired with the NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR lens will be available at the end of November $1199.95 SRP* and will be available exclusively through the Nikon shop.

About Nikon

Nikon Inc. is a global leader in digital imaging, precision optics and technologies for still and video capture; Recognized globally for setting new standards in product design and performance for an award-winning line of devices that enable visual storytelling and content creation. Nikon Inc. sells Z-series mirrorless cameras for consumers and professionals, digital SLR cameras, a wide range of NIKKOR and NIKKOR Z lenses, flash units and system accessories, Nikon COOLPIX® compact digital cameras and Nikon software products. For more information, call (800) NIKON-US or visit, which connects photographers and visual storytellers of all levels to the web’s most comprehensive learning and sharing communities. Connect with Nikon on Facebook, TwitterYouTube, Instagram, TikTok, Vimeo and Flickr.

Specifications, design, product name and included accessories may vary by country or region. Specifications and equipment are subject to change without notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer.

1. Total dust and drip resistance is not guaranteed in all situations or under all conditions.

*RRP (recommended retail price) only listed as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by retailers and are subject to change.


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