The new Nikon 17-28mm f/2.8 is designed to be affordable and versatile

Nikon has announced a new 17-28mm f/2.8 lens for its unparalleled Z-mount cameras. The full-frame wide-angle optical lens is the latest addition to the company’s selection of f/2.8 zoom lenses.

The company says its new full-frame lens for the Z series of cameras combines the versatility of an ultra-wide-angle field view with the advantages of a large fixed aperture, giving users greater control and flexibility in low-light settings and delivering smooth bokeh at all focal lengths.

Designed for storytellers

Nikon says the new Nikkor Z 17-28mm f/2.8 lens is for storytellers who captivate their viewers with expansive landscapes, sumptuous interiors and gorgeous starry night sky. With an ultra-wide angle perspective and a fixed f/2.8 aperture, content creators can feel free to turn everyday scenes into stunning photos and videos that capture viewers’ attention.

The company says that the wide aperture not only enhances the lens’s low-light performance, but also helps create welcoming bokeh for out-of-focus areas to make the subject truly “stand out”, making previously difficult scenes now easier than ever to shoot in vibrant detail. in life.

The 17-28mm f/2.8 lens weighs 450 grams (15.9 ounces) and is approximately 30% lighter than Nikkor’s flagship 14-24mm f/2.8 S lens and smaller and lighter than the 485g 14-30mm f/4 lens. The wide-angle lens has a popular 67mm filter thread and is positioned as another feature that keeps the lens affordable, since filters purchased for other lenses can work on it. Additionally, the lens’s light weight and internal zoom would make it ideal for mounting on a gimbal setup because “the lens balance never changes”.

The lens uses an ED glass element for maximum image quality at all focal lengths and is airtight to protect against dust and water droplets, and the front element features an anti-fouling coating that makes it easy to wipe off dirt, smudges and fingerprints.

The company says the AF speed is “extremely fast” thanks to the use of an incredibly quiet (almost silent) high-speed stepping motor (STM) that works in partnership with Nikon Z mirrorless cameras to quickly focus on faces and eyes in a shot. Plus, the quiet focus, no-click control ring, and simple focus breathing will entice video creators looking for a wide-angle lens to add to their collections. The lens also features a minimum focus distance of 7.56 inches (0.19 m), allowing users to capture close-up photos of products and beauty shots.

Here are some sample photos taken with the new lens provided by Nikon.

First impressions

betapixel David Schloss was able to take part in a very short hands-on training with the lens at Madison Square Park in New York City – a great location to test the lens due to the variety of subjects.

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The lens is lightweight and well balanced, and like all lenses on the Nikkor Z Mount it has a consistent and familiar build and design. A close focus distance of less than eight inches makes the lens usable with smaller subjects.

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The fast aperture allowed for pictures of flowers in the foreground and poorly visible buildings in the background. A lens at these focal lengths is a special piece of glass, but those who need a wide-angle focal length — especially nature photographers — will appreciate it.

Expect a full review at once betapixel Longer time to assess the lens.

Pricing and availability

The Nikkor Z 17-28mm f/2.8 will be available in late October 2022 for $1,199.95.


Image credits: Nikon. Photos in the First Impressions section by David Schloss for PetaPixel.