Nikon’s New 17-28mm f/2.8 Designed to be Inexpensive and Versatile



Nikon has introduced a brand new 17-28mm f/2.8 lens for its Z-mount mirrorless cameras. The total-frame wide-angle optic is the newest addition to the corporate’s choice of f/2.8 zoom lenses.

The corporate says its new full-frame lens for the Z sequence of cameras combines the flexibility of an ultra-wide angle subject view with the advantages of a big fastened aperture, permitting customers extra management and suppleness in low mild settings and offering easy bokeh in any respect focal lengths.

Designed for Storytellers

Nikon says the brand new Nikkor Z 17-28mm f/2.8 lens is supposed for storytellers who captivate their viewers with huge landscapes, grand interiors, and beautiful starry night time skies. Because of the ultra-wide angle perspective and fixed f/2.8 aperture, creators can be at liberty to show on a regular basis scenes into spectacular pictures and movies that seize the viewers’ consideration.

The corporate says the extensive aperture not solely enhances the lens’ low mild efficiency, but in addition helps create a welcoming bokeh for the out of focus areas to make the subject material really “pop,” claiming scenes that have been beforehand troublesome to seize are actually simpler than ever to {photograph} in vibrant element.

The 17-28mm f/2.8 lens weights 450 grams (15.9 ounces) which is about 30% lighter than the flagship Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 S lens and is even smaller and lighter than the 485 gram 14-30mm f/4 lens. The wide-angle lens has a 67mm filter thread that’s frequent and positioned as one other characteristic that retains the lens total inexpensive, since filters bought for different lenses can work on it. Moreover, the light-weight of the lens and inside zooming will make it supreme for mounting on a gimbal setup as “the stability of the lens by no means adjustments.”

The lens employs a Tremendous ED glass factor for optimum picture high quality in any respect focal lengths and is climate sealed to guard from mud and water droplets, and the entrance factor options an antifouling coating that makes it straightforward to wipe away grime, smudges, and fingerprints.

The corporate says the autofocus pace is “blazing quick” due to the usage of an extremely quiet (almost silent) high-speed stepping motor (STM) that works in partnership with Nikon Z mirrorless cameras to shortly purchase concentrate on faces and eyes within the shot. Moreover, the quiet focus, clickless management ring, and minimal focus respiration will likely be attractive to video creators in search of a wide-angle lens so as to add to their kits. The lens additionally encompasses a reported minimal focus distance of seven.56 inches (0.19 m), letting customers get close-up for merchandise and wonder pictures.

Beneath are a number of pattern pictures taken with the brand new lens, offered by Nikon.

First Impressions

PetaPixel’s David Schloss was in a position to participate in an especially temporary hands-on with the lens in Madison Sq. Park in New York Metropolis—a pleasant location for lens testing as a result of number of topics.

17-28mm f/2.8 lens

The lens is light-weight and properly balanced, and like all the lenses within the Nikkor Z Mount has a constant and acquainted development and design. The close-focus distance of slightly below eight inches makes it a serviceable lens for smaller topics.

17-28mm f/2.8 lens

17-28mm f/2.8 lens

The quick aperture allowed for pictures of flowers within the foreground and properly blurred buildings within the background. A lens with these focal lengths is a little bit of a speciality piece of glass, however those that want the wide-angle focal size — notably nature photographers — will respect it.

Anticipate a full evaluation as soon as PetaPixel has an extended time to judge the lens.

Pricing and Availability

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

Picture credit: Nikon. Pictures within the First Impressions part by David Schloss for PetaPixel.