Lens review

Nikon Nikkor Z 28-75 mm f/2.8

Nikon Nikkor Z 28-75 mm f/2.8
22 November 2023
Maciej Latałło

1. Introduction

The Nikon Z system was launched in 2018 and, along first cameras, the producers also showed a universal zoom lens, namely the Nikkor Z 24-70 mm f/4 S. The line-up was enlarged very quickly; already in February 2019 we were shown an instrument for more discerning users, the Nikkor Z 24-70 mm f/2.8 S. As if it wasn't enough, the following year they added the cheapest model in this group, the Nikkor Z 24-50 mm f/4-6.3 and over one year later the most universal device in this group, the Nikkor Z 24-120 mm f/4 S.

From some time we have been observing a tendency among optics producers to offer universal lenses with focal lengths starting from 28 mm. They are easier to construct than 24-70 mm models and you can combine them easily with ultra wide-angle zooms that start from 12-16 mm and end at 24-35 mm.

Nikon Nikkor Z 28-75 mm f/2.8 - Introduction

Nikkon decided to follow suit. In December 2021 they presented the Nikkor Z 28-75 mm f/2.8 and in September 2022 they added the Nikkor Z 17-28 mm f/2.8. If you buy both instruments you are able to profit from a very wide range of focal lengths, from 17 to 75 mm, still keeping the fixed f/2.8 aperture. Of course nothing would prevent you from joining the 28-75 mm model with other ultra wide angle lenses from this system that have been launched earlier. After all it is also a great addition to the expensive Nikkor Z 14-24 mm f/2.8 S or the noticeably cheaper but also slower Z 14-30 mm f/4 S. I suppose the Nikkor Z 28-75 mm f/2.8 will be a very popular model because its price, almost $900, is rather moderate - over two times cheaper than a lens launched before with a focal length that started from 24 mm. It's worth checking how these two differ when it comes to optics and mechanical properties so we simply had to add the full test of the Nikkor Z 28-75 mm f/2.8 to our site's database.

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Nikon Nikkor Z 28-75 mm f/2.8 - Introduction