Nikon Inc. announced the NIKKOR Z 17-28mm f/2.8. Nikon states the new lens is the latest addition to the growing selection of extremely-capable and very affordable f/2.8 zoom lenses. This new full-frame lens combines the versatility of an ultra-wide angle of field view with the benefits of a large fixed aperture. While Nikon says it’s affordable, it isn’t cheap, with a retail price of $1,199.95. I will say a constant f2.8 zoom is always going to be more than an f4 zoom.
The new NIKKOR Z 17-28mm f/2.8 is derived from the recent NIKKOR Z 28-75mm f/2.8 lens, establishing a series of affordable zooms that open a gateway to fast-aperture performance and absolute versatility.”
This wide f2.8 aperture enhances the lens’s low light performance and creates a nice out-of-focus area to make the subject pop.
The lightweight and portable lens weighs in at only 450 g (15.9 oz), which is approximately 30% lighter than the NIKKOR Z 14-24mm f/2.8. It’s also lighter and more compact than the NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 lens, and uses a 67mm threaded mount for circular polarizers or neutral density filters. The lens’ minimal weight and internal zooming make it easy to pack or carry anywhere and create an ideal partner for gimbals since the balance of the lens never changes.
The entire lens is sealed to prevent entry of dust and water droplets, while the front element features an antifouling coating which makes it easy to wipe away dirt, smudges and fingerprints. The NIKKOR Z 17-28mm f/2.8 puts an emphasis on sharpness, utilizing an optical formula that employs a Super ED glass element for maximum image quality at all focal lengths.
Nikon states the autofocus speed is blazing fast, thanks to the use of a high-speed stepping motor (STM), working seamlessly with Nikon Z mirrorless cameras to acquire critical focus on faces and eyes within the frame. The STM is also nearly silent, significantly reducing drive noise during video recording.
Video content creators will especially appreciate the minimized focus breathing and click-less control ring for smooth exposure transitions. For additional versatility, the minimum focus distance is 7.56 inches (0.19 m), letting you get close-up for products and beauty shots.
Pricing and Availability
The new NIKKOR Z 17-28mm f/2.8 will be available in late October 2022 for a suggested retail price of $1,199.95.