Nikkor Z MC Lenses – Nikon Z Macro Essentials

Nikkor Z MC Lenses – Nikon Z Macro Essentials

Nikon recently announced not one but two new MC lenses – the Nikkor Z MC 50mm f/2.8 and the Nikkor Z MC 105mm f/2.8. All Nikon Z mount shooters enjoying a Nikon Z5, Nikon Z6 II or the stellar Nikon Z7 II should take note. The new Nikkor Z MC lenses are here to take your macro photography to the next level. 

In recent years, macro photography has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity. It is no longer considered a problematic photography genre to master – one that requires expensive specialist gear. It is now more affordable and more accessible than it has even been. If you’re already shooting with the Nikon Z5, Z6 II or the flagship mirrorless Nikon Z7 II, these lenses open up a whole range of new challenges. 



The Nikkor Z MC lens duo release provides the option to suit your shooting style, budget, and kit size. If you want a more compact and cost-effective macro kit, the Nikon Z5 mirrorless digital camera and Nikkor Z MC 50mm f/2.8 are your go-to solution. However, enthusiasts shooting with the Nikon Z6 II or pros shooting with the Nikon Z7 II can now enjoy macro photography with the Nikkor MC 105m f/2.8


Nikon’s Compact Nikkor Z MC 50mm



When you first pick up the Nikkor Z MC 50mm f/2.8, you are instantly surprised by how small and light the lens is. But as we’ll soon discover, don’t let its size fool you. The Z MC 50mm is the smallest and lightest Z mount lens Nikon has produced to date. At just 260g, it’s the perfect weight for a macro lens to sit in your bag all day, every day. And when paired with the Nikon Z5, you have a compact and minimal kit at just 750g. What’s more, the smaller of the two Nikkor Z MC lenses is only 66mm in length with a diameter of 74.5mm. It’s almost pocketable and ideal for a day in the outdoors exploring landscapes while being able to drop a macro lens on for some close-up work. 



As mentioned, the size and weight of the Nikon Z MC 50mm f/2.8 is in no way an indication of its image quality and performance. Nikon is known for its high-quality engineering, and optical performance in all of its products – the Z MC 50mm is no exception. It features a rugged build with smooth focusing control. The lens delivers a true 1:1 magnification ratio – this is the gold standard of macro lenses. 

The Nikon Z MC 50mm f/2.8 has a minimum focus distance of 16cm, allowing you to get close to your subjects without disturbing them. The wide and bright f/2.8 aperture allows excellent light capture. The aperture and the 50mm range make the lens ideal for portrait photography – especially when you want sharp and detailed images. Driving the focus performance is Nikon’s infamous Silent Step Motor (STM). When paired with the external AF Limiter Switch, you can control and shorten the focus range between 16cm and 30cm. 

Specification of the Nikkor Z MC 50mm f/2.8 


  • 50mm Full Frame Focal Length
  • f/2.8 Maximum Aperture
  • f/22 Minimum Aperture
  • 10 Elements in 7 Groups
  • 0.16m Minimum Focus Distance
  • 0.1xMaximum Magnification Ratio
  • Φ74.5×66 mm Dimensions
  • 260g Weight
  • Fluorine Coating
  • 9 Rounded Aperture Blades
  • 46mm Filter Size


Nikon’s Pro-Grade Nikkor Z MC 105mm VR S



If you’re an enthusiast or pro photographer looking for a pro-level macro lens for your Nikon Z camera, the all-new Nikkor Z MC 105mm f/2.8 is for you. For photographers shooting with the high-performing Nikon Z7 II or Nikon Z6 II, this macro lens will not disappoint. The Nikkor Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S delivers an unparalleled experience for macro photographers. It packs the latest and greatest of Nikon’s uncompromised lens quality. 

Where the Nikon Z MC 50mm f/2.8 is a compact nifty-fifty, the Nikon Z MC 105mm is a more extensive and heavier lens to balance perfectly with a larger Z-mount body. It is 630g in weight and, when paired with the Nikon Z7 II, is a comfortable 1.3kg. The Z MC 105mm is also more prominent at 140mm long and with a diameter of 85mm. 



Optical quality and performance are what counts most to macro photographers. Fortunately, the Nikon Z MC 105mm f/2.8 does not disappoint. Keep in mind that this Nikkor Z MC lens carries the heritage and prestige of an S-Line lens – Nikon’s best! As a result, Nikon assures satisfaction with superior image quality, build quality and on-the-job performance every time. The Nikon Z MC 105mm f/2.8 delivers optically sharp and highly detailed images. When piggy-backing off the image resolution and performance delivered by the Nikon Z6 II or Nikon Z7 II, you will not miss a shot.

Nikon’s Voice Coil Motors (VCM) drives the Nikkor Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S focus performance. In addition, it boasts Nikon’s Vibration Reduction for absolute image sharpness. The glass quality inside is guaranteed! The use of Nano Crystal and ARNEO coatings deliver image fidelity and clarity no matter the lighting conditions. The front element boasts a fluorine coating to manage moisture, grime and oils. Everything about the Nikon Z MC 105mm f/2.8 screams pro-grade macro photography. 




Specifications of the Nikkor Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S 


  • 105mm Full Frame Focal Length
  • f/2.8 Maximum Aperture
  • f/32 Minimum Aperture
  • Vibration Reduction
  • 16 Elements in 11 Groups
  • 0.29m Minimum Focus Distance
  • 0.1xMaximum Magnification Ratio
  • Φ85x140mm Dimensions
  • 630g Weight
  • Fluorine Coating
  • Nano AR II Coating
  • 9 Rounded Aperture Blades
  • 62mm Filter Size


Nikon’s Nikkor Z MC Pair


Nikon is one of the most trusted brands in photography. They have an innate ability to cater to the needs of enthusiasts and pros alike. Their recent move to stake a claim on the full-frame mirrorless market has strengthened further thanks to the release of the Nikon Z6 II and Z7 II. Nikon wants a piece of the pie, but they must have the lenses to match even to get a seat at the table. Nikon has earned their place with the release of the Nikkor Z MC 50mm f/2.8 and the Nikkor Z MC 105mm f/2.8



Meeting the needs of all photography genres is no easy task. But with the growth in interest in the macro photography world, Nikon was wise to pay attention. The release of the Nikon Z MC 50mm f/2.8 makes the perfect macro companion for the Nikon Z5. Pro and enthusiast photographers running with a Nikon Z6 II or Z7 II need to look no further than the Nikon Z MC 105mm f/2.8 for comprehensive macro work. No matter your choice, head in-store or online at Camera Electronic now to chat with our experts and get the best service experience in Australia. 

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