Nikon NIKKOR Z 28mm f/2.8 Prime lens announced
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Nikon has announced a new lightweight prime lens for its Z series cameras. The Nikon NIKKOR Z 28mm f/2.8 Prime Lens is ideal as an everyday lens, suitable for group portraits, landscapes and more.

Fast aperture

The Nikon NIKKOR Z 28mm f/2.8 Prime Lens is a wide-angle lens with an f/2.8 maximum aperture. The fast aperture means you will be able to achieve a shallow depth of field with pleasing bokeh. It will also allow you to get great images when shooting in low-light conditions.

Close focus

Nikon NIKKOR Z 28mm f/2.8 Prime lens
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The Nikon NIKKOR Z 28mm f/2.8 Prime Lens has a minimum focus distance of around 7.5 inches. It is ideal for close-ups, so it will be useful if you shoot food, fashion or craft videos. The multi-focusing system delivers fast and accurate AF control. In addition, the lens is great for video as it has effective focus breathing compensation and stable exposure. It is also quiet during operation. Another handy feature is you can use the control ring for functions such as aperture and exposure compensation.

Full-frame equivalence

You can use the Nikon NIKKOR Z 28mm f/2.8 Prime Lens on both full-frame and DX-format Nikon Z series mirrorless cameras. When you use it with a DX-format camera, such as the Nikon Z fc or Z 50, the field of view is equivalent to 42mm on a full-frame camera.

Compact and lightweight

The Nikon NIKKOR Z 28mm f/2.8 Prime Lens is only 1.7 inches long and weighs around 5.46 ounces. This means it is one of the smallest and lightest Nikon NIKKOR Z prime lenses. The optics appear to be the same as the previously announced Nikon NIKKOR Z 28mm f/2.8 SE. However, the new lens has a different body with a modern black finish. Nikon also designed the lens to have dust and drip-resistant performance, allowing you can take it anywhere with greater confidence.

Pricing and availability

The Nikon NIKKOR Z 28mm f/2.8 f/2.8 Prime Lens will retail at $299 and will be available in December 2021.

Pete Tomkies is a freelance cinematographer and camera operator from Manchester, UK. He also produces and directs short films as Duck66 Films. Pete's latest short Once Bitten... won 15 awards and was selected for 105 film festivals around the world.