Nikon’s recent roll continues with the announcement of the Nikon Z 28-75 mm F2.8. Set to be released early in 2022, the Nikon 28-75mm F2.8 will cost just US$1195. That’s almost half as much as the pro-grade Nikon Z 24-70 mm F2.8.
However, the Nikon 28-75mm F/2.8 suffers some heavy competition. Despite its smaller F4 aperture, the nano-coated Nikon 24-70 mm F4 is cheaper, more compact, and possesses a wider angle of view. So, which lens is right for you? Let’s take a look. Jump to Conclusion
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Table of Contents
- What is the Nikon Nikkor Z 28-75mm F/2.8?
- Nikon Z 28-75mm F/2.8 Specifications
- Nikon Z 28-75mm F2.8 Compared
What is the Nikon Nikkor Z 28-75mm F/2.8?
The Nikon Nikkor Z 28-75mm F2.8 is an everyday zoom for Nikon Z cameras that, in many ways, resembles old kit lenses.
Large F/2.8 Aperture
But unlike any kit lens, the Nikon Z 24-75mm provides a large F2.8 aperture throughout its zoom range. Read: What is Aperture in Photography
This is a big deal for several reasons. First of all, an F2.8 aperture passes twice as much light as that of an F4 lens and four times as much as an F5.6 lens. As a result, you’ll be better able to keep those shutter speeds high and those image degrading ISOs low. Read What is ISO in Photography.
And thanks to that brighter aperture, your Nikon camera’s autofocus system has more light to work with. Last of all, larger apertures reduce your depth-of-field. In other words, the Nikon Z 28-75mm’s large F2.8 aperture can better melt those backgrounds to blurry goo.
The Nikon 28-75 mm F2.8 weighs just 569 grams. This is considerably lighter than its pro-grade counterpart, the Nikon Z 24-70 mm F2.8. As for size, the Nikon Nikkor Z 28-75 mm F2.8 measures 120mm long by 75mm wide.
Otherwise, the Nikon Z 28-75mm’s handling is pretty typical. You have a zoom ring towards the front of the lens and a customizable control ring near the lens mount. And that’s about it.
Adding to the Nikon Z 28-75mm F2.8’s versatility is a minimum focus distance of 19cm resulting in a maximum magnification of 0.34. Perfect for a little semi-macro work.
For all you video lovers, Nikon specifies that the Z 28-75mm F2.8’s autofocus is silent and well corrected for focus breathing.
As we’ve seen with many Nikon zooms, the Nikon 28-75mm F2.8 does not feature image stabilization. In my opinion, this is sensible enough. After all, all full-frame Z cameras feature sensor-based image stabilization. And not including optical stabilization within the lens has its advantages. But if you happen to have a non-stabilized Nikon Z camera such as the Z50 or Zfc – you’re out of luck.
Being a cheaper lens, the Nikon 28-75mm F/2.8 does miss out on a few luxuries. For instance, it lacks nano and fluorine-coated lens elements. I rather like nano-coated Nikon lenses, and if you do, you will need to buy the slower Nikon Z 24-70mm F4 or the pro-grade Nikon Z 24-70mm F2.8 lens
Nikon Nikkor Z 28-75mm F2.8 Image Quality
I’ve yet to test the Nikon 28-75’s image quality. However, Nikon has yet to produce a lemon for its Z mount. For now, all we can do is soak up the Nikon Z 28-75mm F2.8’s MTF charts.
Based on the MTF chart, it appears the Nikon 28-75mm F2.8’s center is extremely sharp at 28 and 75mm. However, it does fall off at the corners – especially when set to 75mm.
Nikon Z 28-75mm F/2.8 Specifications
|Lens Specifications||Nikon Z 28-75mm F/2.8|
|Focal length||28-75 mm|
|Angle of view||75 – 32 degrees|
|Diaphragm blades||9 Rounded Blades|
|Lens construction||15 elements in 12 groups|
|Optical Image Stabilization||No|
|Minimum focus distance||19cm|
|Maximum reproduction ratio||0.34x|
|Filter-attachment size||67 mm|
|Weight (approx)||565 grams|
Nikon Z 28-75mm F2.8 Compared
Let’s see how the Nikon 28-75mm F2.8’s specifications compare against those of the Nikon Z 24-70mm F4 and the Nikon Z 24-75mm F/2.8.
|Specifications||Nikon Z 28-75mm F/2.8||Nikon Z 24-70mm f/4||Nikon Z 24-70mm f/2.8|
|Focal length||28-75 mm||24-70 mm||24-70 mm|
|Angle of view||75 – 35 degrees||84-34 degrees||84-34 degrees|
|Diaphragm blades||9 Rounded Blades||7 Rounded Blades||9 Rounded Blades|
|Lens construction||15 elements in 12 groups||14 Elements in 11 Groups||17 Elements in 15 Groups|
|Optical Image Stabilization||No||No||No|
|Minimum focus distance||19cm||30cm||38cm|
|Maximum reproduction ratio||0.34x||.03x||0.22x|
|Filter-attachment size||67 mm||72mm||82mm|
|Dimensions (approx)||75 x 120.5mm||77.5 x 88.5mm||89x126mm|
|Weight (approx)||565 grams||500 grams||805 grams|
Nikon Z 28-75 vs 24-70mm f4
For me, choosing between the Nikon 28-75mm F2.8 and the Nikon Z 24-70mm F/4 is extremely difficult. On the one hand, the Nikon Nikkor Z 28-75mm has that large light-soaked background-blurring F/2.8 aperture.
But on the other hand, the Nikon 24-70mm F4 is cheaper, more compact, and features special lens coatings that improve contrast and reduce flare.
However, the main difference between the two lenses is focal range. While 4mm might not sound like a lot, the difference between 24 and 28mm is substantial, and I would much rather have an 84-degree angle of view over the 28-75mm’s 75 degrees.
As for the telephoto end, the 28-75mm’s extra reach counts for little, providing a 32-degree angle-of-view over the 70mm’s 34 degrees.
Overall, I believe the Z 24-70mm f4 is more likely to get a better shot more often. But if you’re looking to shoot portraits, you might prefer the 28-75mm larger and blurrier F2.8 aperture.
Nikon Z 24-70 f2.8 vs 28-75 f2.8
If you want a fast aperture, lens coatings, and a decent wide-angle – buy a Nikon Z 24-70mm F/2.8.
Of course, zero compromise doesn’t come cheap, nor does the Nikon Z 24-70mm F/2.8. At nearly US$2300, it’s more expensive than the other two lenses combined. But in practice, it is both lenses combined.
Aside from the cost, the other reason why you might not want the Nikon Z 24-70mm F2.8 is its size and weight. That being said, it’s much smaller than the old Nikon AF-S 24-70mm F2.8 VR it replaces.
So, if you want performance above all else, buy a Nikon Z 24-70mm F/2.8.
The Nikon Z 28-75mm F/2.8 continues Nikon’s impressive run towards 2022. With its decent focal range, impressively large F/2.8 aperture, and reasonable price – I expect the 28-75mm to be a huge success.
However, the main reason not to buy a Nikon Nikkor Z 28-75mm F/2.8 is the Nikon Z 24-70mm F4. While it may be a Stop slower, the Nikon Z 24-70mm F4 is smaller, cheaper, and includes premium features such as advanced lens coatings.
Then there is focal range. While the Nikon Z 24-70mm F4 starts at an impressively-wide 84 degrees – the best the 28-75mm can do is 75 degrees. That’s a huge difference – particularly if you like to shoot landscapes or take photos in confined spaces.
However, the Nikon Z 28-75mm has that large F2.8 aperture – a premium feature in itself. With it, the Nikon Z 28-75mm can flood your camera’s sensor with twice as much light as the Nikon 24-70mm F4 and better blur those backgrounds.
Therefore, it’s perhaps best not to view the Nikon Z 28-75mm F/2.8 as an everyday lens but as a budget alternative to the Nikon Z 24-70mm F/2.8. The Nikon’s 28mm wide-angle hardly matters on these terms, but that large F2.8 aperture does.
In conclusion, the Nikon Z 28-75mm F2.8 may not match the Nikon Z 24-70mm F4’s versatility as an everyday lens, but it does offer Nikon shooters a cheaper and lighter alternative to the portrait-orientated Nikon Z 24-70mm F2.8. To that end, the Nikon Z 28-75mm F2.8 appears to be a home-run and another reason for F-Mount users to cross the divide and get with the Z.
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