As you may or may not know I have been a Nikon shooter for a little over 10 years now. A big chunk of those 10 years was spent with a Nikon D3100 with the kit 18-55m lens. It has been a great journey but in 2020 I switched over to the Nikon Z 50 with the Z kit lenses and it has taken my photography to new heights.
One thing I can't help but notice after a year of Z is the lack of a trim in the new Z lenses when compared to other lenses. For example, Canon has the red L ring, Sony has the orange G plate, and most importantly, Nikon's F mount lenses has had the iconic gold trim for decades now.
Left to right: Sony G master, Canon RF mount, Nikon F mount
Compare that to the Nikon Z 24-70 f/2.8S:
Sleek, modern, but dull.
So I took it upon myself to fire up photoshop and imagine how gold trims will look on this lens. Here are three variants I managed to churn out:
Left to right: Much Gold, Subtle Gold, Nikon Yellow
I personally love how subtle gold looks, it isn't as loud as the first variant but still manages to ooze a little bit of premium feel. The Nikon Yellow is mainly inspired by the accents Nikon has included on the 58mm f/0.95 Noct lens but I think it makes the lens look a little too plasticky.
FYI Nikon actually published an article explaining the design choices and process behind the Z lenses here: https://www.nikon.com/about/technology/design/works/nikkor_z_lenses.htm .