Nikon’s New Z 17-28mm f/2.8 Might Be Superb for Full-Frame Lovers

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As we recently described, Nikon has created a whole roadmap of new Z System lenses that the brand is planning to release between now and 2023. Among these are 32 different lens types and 2 teleconverters. Several of the lenses are also entirely new creations not based on anything previous.

Among the roster of optics is the brand’s latest announcement, a wide-angle zoom Nikkor Z lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras. This is the Nikkor Z 17-28mm f/2.8 zoom and it’s designed to be a compact, lightweight, fast-apertured addition to the Z family.

The Nikkor Z 17-28mm f/2.8 zoom is also aimed at being a more affordable option for some of Nikon’s wide-angle S-class zoom models among its mirrorless glass selection. What’s more, the lens weighs in at only 450 grams (15.8 oz) and is both lighter and more compact than several other Nikkor lens models. It achieves this despite having an internal zooming capacity that makes it useful with gimbals.

This new Nikon Z lens’s minimum focus distance is an impressively short 0.19m or 7.56 inches and the whole body is sealed for resistance to dust and moisture penetration. Furthermore, the lens includes a special coating on its front glass for easy removal of grime, stains and fingerprint smudges. There’s also a 67mm front thread in the Nikkor Z 17-28mm f/2.8 zoom for filter attachment and inside, Nikon gave it a nine-blade aperture diaphragm along with a Super ED glass element.

For photographers who don’t want to be distracted by AF noise, the Nikkor Z 17-28mm f/2.8 zoom’s STM autofocus motor is exceptionally silent according to Nikon. Another useful feature for quick, focused shooting is a click-free control ring on the lens for quick exposure changes.

Nikon is releasing the Nikkor Z 17-28mm f/2.8 zoom as part of its wider lens roadmap of new optics for this and next year. This particular model goes on sale in late October for a price of $1,199.95.

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