Nikon Z 28mm F2.8 SE Review

November 22, 2021 | Mark Goldstein | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star Half rating star

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Nikon cleverly put its Z 28mm f2.8 right between the existing Z 24mm f1.8 S and Z 35mm f1.8 S and made it much smaller, lighter and cheaper than both alternatives. Its slow focal ratio of f2.8 might be a bit of a let-down but was certainly decisive in reducing size, weight and price. And although sharpness and contrast is not on the same level as with the S-line Nikkors the lens is still a solid performer. Stop it down to f4.0 to get very satisfying results. This gives the new lens a unique position on Nikon's lens road-map and earns the Nikon Z 28mm f2.8 a clear recommendation.
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Nikon have form when it comes to retro styling, first with the Df F mount body, and now with the Z fc and a small number of retro-styled lenses. We have looked at the 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 and now examine in detail the new Nikkor Z 28mm f/2.8 SE, a Special Edition lens that currently is only available as part of the Z fc SE kit in the UK. It is available separately in the USA. The new lens totally mimics the appearance of classic Nikon F SLR manual focus lenses, although it is in fact an AF lens. Not only does it appeal on a retro level, but its hidden secret is that it is in fact a full-frame optic.
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