Nikon has added a new lens to its Z-mount line. The Nikkor Z 28mm f/2.8 is a compact and affordable wide-angle prime, offering you all the perks of a modern lens. But what it stands out for is its nostalgic design, as it was made to resemble the Nikon lenses we used with film SLR cameras.
The Nikkor Z 28mm f/2.8 is designed for Nikon Z full-frame cameras. Of course, you can also use it on a crop body where it will give you 42mm equivalent focal length. It’s ideal for street and architecture photography, even landscapes and cityscapes, and judging from sample images – portraits look interesting as well.
The lens is equipped with a dual stepping motor AF system. As always, Nikon promises quiet and smooth focusing, so you can use the lens for both photos and video. There’s also a programmable control ring so you can personalize your camera and exposure settings.
As for the build, the Nikkor Z 28mm f/2.8 was built from nine elements in eight groups, featuring two aspherical elements that kill spherical aberrations and distortion. It also features a rounded seven-blade diaphragm.
Last but not least, the design. It’s not crucial for functionality, of course, but some people still find it important. When I saw this lens, I realized that I might just be one of them, too. I absolutely fell in love with the retro design, and if I shot Nikon mirrorless, I’d totally go for this lens. There’s also a standard version that looks sleeker and modern, but my choice is definitely the retro one.
And finally, here are the specs:
|Focal Length||28mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 42mm)|
|Lens Mount||Nikon Z|
|Angle of View||53°|
|Minimum Focus Distance||7.6" / 19.2 cm|
|Optical Design||9 Elements in 8 Groups|
|Diaphragm Blades||7, Rounded|
|Filter Size||52 mm (Front)|
|Dimensions (ø x L)||2.8 x 1.7" / 71.5 x 43 mm|
|Weight||5.6 oz / 160 g|
Both versions of the lens are available for preorders for $296.95. And let me know, which one would you go for: the modern or the retro one?