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 .
It makes sense to me that Nikon ditch the trims in favour of a sleek matte look to usher in a new era like other glass makers like Tamron and Sigma, but at the same time really hoped to see more character added to what are, undoubtedly, some of the best lenses on the market.
What do you think of Z lenses with gold trims?