Nikon Z 17-28mm F2.8 Assessment

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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 incorporates a fixed aperture of F2.8 all through the vary, a stepping motor for quiet and quick AF operation, and a moisture-sealed building.

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

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

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

An inner focusing mechanism means the lens barrel does not transfer, and it provides 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 means that you can management both aperture, publicity compensation or ISO pace.

The Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8 lens is on the market 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 provides 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 too can 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 photos above and beneath, 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 ok, however not fairly pretty much as good as some latest Nikon lenses that we have reviewed. The Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8 feels strong sufficient in your hand, regardless of its largely polycarbonate building.

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 aside from the zoom and shared focus/management rings. The zoom ring is generously broad and has a ridged, rubberised grip band. There is no such thing as a focus lock swap as on many different Nikon zooms.

The lens doesn’t lengthen when absolutely zoomed out to 28mm – if you happen to look rigorously, it is really at its longest when set to 17mm, though it nonetheless does not lengthen previous the top 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 might be customised to one in all 4 totally different settings.

By default it’s set to manage guide focus, however you too can change it to regulate the aperture, publicity compensation or ISO pace. Alternatively you may 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 arduous stops at both finish, making it more durable to know when you might have reached infinity focusing. The ring has simply sufficient resistance to make nice 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 incorporates a stepping motor that enables 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 absolutely weather-proof but it surely does profit from having a moisture-resistant building which helps to stop moisture from penetrating the lens, though we might hesitate to make use of it within the rain for a chronic interval.

Nikon state that “The lens is just not assured to be dust- and drip-resistant in all conditions and below all circumstances.

The entrance ingredient 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.

Observe 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 if you happen to personal a Nikon Z50 or Z fc digital camera.

Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8

The Nikon 17-28mm lens is provided 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 may cut back the scale 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, sometimes seen as purple or blue fringes alongside contrasty edges, are very nicely managed with the Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8 lens – the examples beneath exhibits the standard 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 broad open at f/2.8, you may see some noticeable mild fall-off within the corners. Stopping down helps, though to utterly do away with this phenomenon, you have to 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.

Panasonic Lumix S 18mm F1.8

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 beneath, and flare is nicely managed even when when capturing instantly 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 if you happen to 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 often described in qualitative phrases, reminiscent of easy / creamy / harsh and so on.

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.

Primarily based on what now we have seen, we will say that they largely succeeded. Under you may discover some examples, however you might be additionally inspired to take a look at our pattern photos.

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

To be able to present you the way sharp this lens is, we’re offering 100% crops on the next pages.

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