Lens review

Nikon Nikkor Z 28 mm f/2.8 (SE)

1 February 2022
Maciej Lata³³o

3. Build quality

When it comes to lenses designed for full frame mirrorless cameras most of 28 mm f/2.8 models you can find among instruments for Leica rangefinder cameras - accordingly, there are plenty of them also in our chart. If you want to compare the tested lens to another device equipped with autofocus then the faster Sony FE 28 mm f/2 might be taken into account.

All lenses in this group are physically small and, additionally, the Nikkor is also the lightest among them. For a change, it is equipped with the biggest filter thread. In the photo below the Nikkor Z 28 mm f/2.8 SE is positioned between its reflex camera cousins, the 1.8/50, and the 1.8/85.

Nikon Nikkor Z 28 mm f/2.8 (SE) - Build quality

The tested lens starts with a mount made of plastics that surrounds contacts and a black 30×21 mm frame that hides an immobile rear element, 32 mm in diameter. Everything is nicely blackened and matted here and the lens remains weather-sealed at the same time.

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Nikon Nikkor Z 28 mm f/2.8 (SE) - Build quality

The proper barrel of the lens starts with a ring made of plastics that doesn't move; it features the name and parameters of the lens, its serial number, the logo of the producer, information that the lens was made in Thailand and its minimum focusing distance that amounts to 0.19m/0.63ft. A part of this ring is covered by fine ribbing.

Nikon Nikkor Z 28 mm f/2.8 (SE) - Build quality

A ribbed, silver manual focus ring, very narrow, just 4 mm wide, is the next part of the lens. It doesn't move and it turns smoothly into an equally narrow, immobile part of the barrel. Behind it you can find a manual focus ring covered by rubber ribs. It's a focus-by-wire construction as wide as 16 mm. Its focus throw amounts to an angle of about 90 degrees when you turn it fast but it can increase to 180 degrees if you move the ring slower. These values ensure you very precise settings.

Nikon Nikkor Z 28 mm f/2.8 (SE) - Build quality

The front element of the Nikkor Z 2.8/28 doesn't move and is just 18 mm in diameter. It is surrounded by a part of the barrel with inscriptions stating the parameters of the lens and a non-rotating filter thread, 52 mm in diameter. The lens doesn't have any hood mount.

Nikon Nikkor Z 28 mm f/2.8 (SE) - Build quality

When it comes to optical construction you deal here with 9 elements positioned in 8 groups, two aspherical elements among them. Inside you can also find an aperture with seven blades that can be closed down to a value of f/16.

Buyers get in the box with the lens just two caps.

Nikon Nikkor Z 28 mm f/2.8 (SE) - Build quality