Nikon Z 17-28mm F2.8 Evaluate


Introduction

The Z 17-28mm f/2.8 is a quick ultra-wide-angle zoom lens for Nikon’s vary of full-frame and APS-C mirrorless cameras.

This new wide-angle zoom contains a fixed aperture of F2.8 all through the vary, a stepping motor for quiet and quick AF operation, and a moisture-sealed development.

It can be used on an APS-C cropped sensor digital camera physique just like the Z50 and Z fc, the place it presents an efficient 24.5-42mm focal vary.

The optical system is comprised of 13 lenses in 11 teams, together with three aspherical lens components, two LD (Low Dispersion) lens components and one XLD (eXtra Low Dispersion) lens component.

This lens has a 9 blade diaphragm which creates a pretty blur to the out-of-focus areas of the picture and it has a mud and drip resistant design.

An inside focusing mechanism means the lens barrel would not transfer, and it presents a formidable minimal focusing distance of 0.19 m / 0.63 ft (at 17mm) and a most magnification ratio of 0.19x, while utilizing 67m filters.

There is a configurable ring on the lens barrel which is by default set to guide focus however alternatively lets you management both aperture, publicity compensation or ISO velocity.

The Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8 lens is accessible now and is formally priced at £1199 / $1199 within the UK and USA respectively. It’s designed in Japan and made in China.

Ease of Use

Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8

Contemplating that it presents a quick and fixed most aperture of F2.8, the Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8 lens is surprisingly compact and light-weight, measuring 10cms / 4 inches in size and weighing in at solely 450g (15.9 oz).

It is extra compact and lighter than the comparable Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S lens, which is roughly 30% heavier and makes use of a bigger filter dimension.

Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8
Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8

Along with utilizing it on full-frame cameras just like the Z6 II that we examined it with, you may also use this lens on a smaller APS-C physique, the place the equal focal size modifications to a nonetheless helpful vary of 24.5-42mm.

As demonstrated by the product pictures above and under, the Nikon 17-28mm F2.8 proved to be an ideal match for a full-frame digital camera just like the Z 6 II.

Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8
Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8

Construct high quality is okay, however not fairly nearly as good as some current Nikon lenses that we have reviewed. The Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8 feels strong sufficient in your hand, regardless of its principally polycarbonate development.

This lens is designed in Japan, but it surely’s really made in China.

Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8
Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8

There aren’t any different exterior options on the lens apart from the zoom and shared focus/management rings. The zoom ring is generously huge and has a ridged, rubberised grip band. There is no such thing as a focus lock change as on many different Nikon zooms.

The lens doesn’t lengthen when totally zoomed out to 28mm – for those who look fastidiously, it is really at its longest when set to 17mm, though it nonetheless would not lengthen previous the tip of the lens barrel.

Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8
Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8

In direction of the lens mount finish of the Nikon Z 28-75mm F2.8 lens, there’s the second (and smallest) of the lens’ two rings, which could be customised to considered one of 4 completely different settings.

By default it’s set to manage guide focus, however you may also change it to regulate the aperture, publicity compensation or ISO velocity. Alternatively you possibly can have it set to do nothing in any respect.

Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8

The knurled focusing/management ring is way narrower than the zoom ring, making it tougher to find in a rush.

When used as a focusing ring, be aware that it has no onerous stops at both finish, making it more durable to know when you could have reached infinity focusing. The ring has simply sufficient resistance to make high-quality changes to guide focusing, with out having an excessive amount of give.

Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8
Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8

The Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8 contains a stepping motor that permits just about silent auto-focusing, making it well-suited to video use.

In use, we discovered the focusing system to be very quiet and satisfyingly quick with the lens mounted on the Z6 II digital camera.

Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8
Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8

The Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8 is not totally weather-proof but it surely does profit from having a moisture-resistant development which helps to stop moisture from penetrating the lens, though we might hesitate to make use of it within the rain for a protracted interval.

Nikon state that “The lens shouldn’t be assured to be dust- and drip-resistant in all conditions and underneath all circumstances.

The entrance component has a hydrophobic Fluorine Coating that’s extremely immune to fingerprints and particles.

Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8
Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8

There aren’t any exterior switches in any respect on the Z 28-75mm F2.8 lens, not even one for selecting between auto-focusing and guide focusing.

Be aware that there isn’t any picture stabilisation system constructed into this lens, as a substitute counting on the digital camera physique, which can be a difficulty for those who personal a Nikon Z50 or Z fc digital camera.

Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8

The Nikon 17-28mm lens is equipped with plastic lens caps and a plastic flower-shaped lens hood (HB-107) – there isn’t any lens bag included. The filter dimension is 67mm.

The hood locks into place and is reversible so you possibly can scale back the dimensions of the lens for transporting it and storing it at a smaller dimension.

Focal Vary

On the 17mm focal size the angle of view is 104°.

Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8

17mm

On the 28mm focal size the angle of view is 75°.

Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8

28mm

Chromatic Aberrations

Chromatic aberrations, usually seen as purple or blue fringes alongside contrasty edges, are very properly managed with the Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8 lens – the examples under reveals the everyday worst-case eventualities.

Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8

17mm

Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8

28mm

Vignetting

With the Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8 huge open at f/2.8, you possibly can see some noticeable gentle fall-off within the corners. Stopping down helps, though to utterly eliminate this phenomenon, you will want to make use of an f-stop of f/5.6 or smaller. There’s additionally noticeable barrel distortion on the 17mm focal size.

Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8

17mm

Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8

28mm

Distortion

Barrel distortion is clearly evident at each ends of the zoom vary, though it isn’t too pronounced.

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17mm

Panasonic Lumix S 18mm F1.8

28mm

Sunstars and Flare

The Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8 is able to producing good sunstars when it is stopped-down to f/22, as proven under, and flare is properly managed even when when capturing straight into the solar.

Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8

17mm

Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8

28mm

Macro

The Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8 is not claimed to be a macro lens, but it surely delivers fairly good efficiency nonetheless for those who zoom to 28mm. The close-focus level is a formidable 19cm from the movie/sensor airplane on the 17mm focal size (26cm at 28mm) and it has a most magnification ratio of 1:5.2 / 0.19x on the 17mm focal size.

Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8
Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8
Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8
Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8
Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8

Bokeh

Bokeh is a phrase used for the out-of-focus areas of {a photograph}, and is normally described in qualitative phrases, equivalent to clean / creamy / harsh and so forth.

One of many motive to purchase such a quick lens because the Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8 is to have the ability to isolate the topic from the background.

Nikon was apparently very a lot conscious of this requirement, as they employed an iris diaphragm with 9 rounded blades for a satisfying rendering of the out-of-focus highlights.

Based mostly on what we’ve seen, we will say that they largely succeeded. Beneath you will discover some examples, however you might be additionally inspired to take a look at our pattern pictures.

Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8
Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8
Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8
Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8
Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8
Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8
Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8
Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8
Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8
Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8
Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8
Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8

Sharpness

With a purpose to present you ways sharp this lens is, we’re offering 100% crops on the next pages.

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