Nikon Z 17-28mm F2.8 Review

November 21, 2022 | Mark Goldstein | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star


The new Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8 is a fantastic lens in its own right and also makes a great partner to the equally quick Nikon Z 28-75mm F2.8.

The combination of these two lenses are a relatively affordable way to shoot at F2.8 on Nikon full-frame cameras without breaking the bank.

As with the 28-75mm lens, the Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8 isn't the best wide-angle zoom lens available for Nikon's full-frame mirrorless cameras - that accolade goes to the much more expensive Nikon Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S - but it is currently the best wide-angle zoom lens in terms of its cost to performance ratio.

There's also the Nikon Z 14-30mm f/4 S lens to consider, which is similarly priced to the Z 17-28mm f/2.8 whilst offering a more versatile focal range, but it does have a slower maximum aperture of f/4.

As with the 28-75mm, the new 17-28mm lens doesn't have built-in optical image stabilisation, instead relying on Nikon's in-camera system, which will be fine for everyone except those who own a Z50 or Z fc body.

With an attractive price tag of £1199 / $1199 in the UK and USA respectively, the Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8 is much cheaper than Nikon's other F2.8 wide-angle alternative whilst still offering a lot of quality and performance.

Nikon have released an excellent lens in the shape of the 17-28mm F2.8, all we need now is an equally affordable F2.8 telephoto zoom to complete the trinity...

5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 5
Features 4.5
Ease-of-use 4.5
Image quality 4.5
Value for money 5