Nikon launches compact retro-styled Nikkor Z 28mm f/2.8 lens

Nov 18, 2021

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Nikon launches compact retro-styled Nikkor Z 28mm f/2.8 lens

Nov 18, 2021

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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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.

Retro (special) version
Modern (standard) version

And finally, here are the specs:

Focal Length28mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 42mm)
Maximum Aperturef/2.8
Minimum Aperturef/16
Lens MountNikon Z
Format CompatibilityFull-Frame
Angle of View53°
Minimum Focus Distance7.6″ / 19.2 cm
Maximum Magnification0.2x
Optical Design9 Elements in 8 Groups
Diaphragm Blades7, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size52 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)2.8 x 1.7″ / 71.5 x 43 mm
Weight5.6 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?

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Dunja Djudjic

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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