Nikon NIKKOR Z 17-28mm F/2.8 Wide-Angle Zoom Lens Introduced


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Nikon has just announced a new wide-angle zoom lens for its full-frame Nikon Z mirrorless cameras: the NIKKOR Z 17-28mm F/2.8. This lightweight and compact lens will be an excellent versatile addition to your kit that can stay on your camera body all day long. It’ll be available next month for $1.199.

Nikon continues to release and expand its NIKKOR Z lens lineup at a very constant pace! Indeed, this year, the company has already released the Nikon NIKKOR Z 800mm F/6.3 VR S, and they still plan to introduce 50+ lenses by the end of 2025.

In the “holy trinity” of lenses, Nikon already has the NIKKOR Z 70-200mm F/2.8 VR S, the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm F/2.8 S, and the NIKKOR Z 14-24mm F/2.8 S. However, the 14-24mm F/2.8 S wide-angle zoom lens is a high-end option that retails for $2.500.

If spending that much money on a wide-angle zoom lens doesn’t make sense to you, and you’re ready to make some compromises, Nikon has just introduced the more affordable NIKKOR Z 17-28mm F/2.8 lens.

Nikon NIKKOR Z 17-28mm F/2.8 features

As its name suggests, the NIKKOR Z 17-28mm F/2.8 is not part of the Nikon NIKKOR S “premium” lineup of lenses. But, it does not mean that this compact and lightweight lens – only 450g/15.9oz – does not offer an excellent price/feature ratio.

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Indeed, this wide-angle zoom lens has a fixed F/2.8 maximum aperture throughout the entire zoom range. In addition, there is a high-speed stepping motor with minimal mechanical noise, ideal when shooting in video mode. Also, the 17-28mm F/2.8 is an IF NIKKOR lens, which means it does not change in size during AF operation.

The entire lens is sealed, which means it is dust/drip resistant. However, always be careful as it is not IP rated under all situations and conditions. The front element features an antifouling coating that resists dirt, fingerprints, and smudges.

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Optical design

The optical design of the NIKKOR Z 17-28mm F/2.8 consists of 13 elements in 11 groups. In addition, there are three aspherical elements, two extra-low dispersion (ED), and one Super ED element to minimize ghosting, improve contrast, and reduce chromatic lens aberration.

The 9-blade aperture should provide a pleasing bokeh. Lastly, the minimum focusing distance is 19cm/7.6ft, and the front filter diameter is 67mm.

Price and availability

The Nikon NIKKOR Z 17-28mm F/2.8 should be available at the end of October for $1,199.95.

For more information, please visit Nikon’s website here.

What do you think about this new Nikon NIKKOR Z wide-angle zoom lens? Do you often shoot with wide-angle lenses? Don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments down below!

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