Nikon delivers a new versatile NIKKOR zoom lens

Fast mid-range zoom lenses are a mainstay of serious photo/video professionals. To that end, Nikon has just introduced the Nikon NIKKOR Z 28-75mm f/2.8, giving Nikon users a lightweight and versatile lens for the Z-mount mirrorless platform.

The Nikon NIKKOR Z 28-75mm f/2.8’s features and specs

There are a few immediate stand-out features upon first impressions. The first is the Nikon NIKKOR Z 28-75mm f/2.8’s f/2.8 aperture, which is constant throughout its entire zoom throw. This affords you some margin for creativity without overly burdening exposure compensation. 

Nikon NIKKOR Z 28-75mm f/2.8
Image courtesy: Nikon

The lens comes in at 565g, which is relatively lightweight considering the performance housed in its compact design (4.8 inches). This affords users a versatile option for gimbal work.

Another eyebrow-raising feature is the lens’ macro capability. The lens can focus to less than a foot (0.63 ft or just over 19 cm). Also, the Nikon NIKKOR Z 28-75mm’s smooth aperture allows more natural adjustments to exposure while in use as a video lens — a feature not common to this lens genre.

Practical applications

The Nikon Nikkor Z 28-75mm looks to be a fast and versatile lens. The wide aperture makes it seem like the perfect choice in situations where one must use all available light. Isolating subjects from the surroundings becomes much easier with wider apertures as well. The tight minimum focus opens worlds of inspired exploration to the creative individual. Nikon has also designed the with a sealed housing to help prevent dust and droplets from contaminating the image.

Image shot with the Nikon NIKKOR Z 28-75mm f/2.8
Image courtesy: Nikon

Nikon has situated this lens uniquely into the mid-tiered priced zoom lens arena, with a handful of attractive capabilities appealing to enthusiasts and professionals. Fast mid-range zooms are selected for their versatility. But adding the compact form factor in a lightweight housing and macro capability makes this NIKKOR Z lens a proverbial Swiss Army knife. Whether you’re required to travel light or contend with varied settings in existing light, the Nikon NIKKOR Z 28-75mm has the potential to be that all-in-one, go-to lens.

Pricing and availability

The Nikon NIKKOR Z 28-75mm lens is open for pre-order now for $1,199.

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