Nikon Z 28mm f/2.8 (SE) Nikkor
(From Nikon lens literature) Adoption of a heritage design that matches the Z fc camera
TOKYO - Nikon Corporation (Nikon) is pleased to announce the release of the NIKKOR Z 28mm f/2.8 (SE), a compact and lightweight prime lens that is compatible with full-frame (Nikon FX-format) mirrorless cameras for which the Nikon Z mount has been adopted. It is also the kit lens for the Z fc, an APS-C size (Nikon DX-format) mirrorless camera.
The NIKKOR Z 28mm f/2.8 (SE) is a compact and lightweight wide-angle prime lens with a heritage design that matches the Z fc body. When mounted on a DX-format camera, images can be captured at the standard 42 mm (equivalent to 35mm  format) angle of view. With a total length of approximately 43 mm and a weight of roughly 160 g, this lens is extremely portable. The NIKKOR Z 28mm f/2.8 (SE) is perfect not only for snapshots that take advantage of the 28 mm wide-angle of view, but also its minimum focus distance of 0.19 m enables close-up photography. It is a fast prime lens that can be easily carried around for everyday snapshots including landscapes, cityscapes, and other subjects.
The "(SE)" in the product name is short for "Special Edition". The lens inherits its design from the classic NIKKOR lenses released around the same time as the Nikon FM2 film SLR camera. With features that faithfully reproduce the designs of that time, such as knurling, as well as a prominent control ring, the NIKKOR Z 28mm f/2.8 (SE) conveys a classic atmosphere that matches the Z fc camera body. Moreover, thanks to its smooth autofocusing and a design with consideration of dust- and drip-resistant performance*, this lens is very easy and reliable to use, even for people who are new to mirrorless cameras.
Paired with the Z fc, the NIKKOR Z 28mm f/2.8 (SE) offers superior functionality when shooting, while also bringing aesthetic enjoyment to its users.
Nikon will continue to pursue a new dimension in optical performance while meeting users' needs, contributing to the development of imaging culture, with the hope of expanding possibilities for imaging expression.
- Adoption of a heritage design that matches the Z fc.
- A compact and lightweight body with a total length of approximately 43 mm and weight of approximately 160 g.
- The fast f/2.8 maximum aperture reduces the effects of camera shake, even during hand-held shooting.
- The focal length becomes 42 mm (equivalent to 35mm  format) when mounted on a DX-format camera.
- A minimum focus distance of 0.19 m allows users to get close to their subjects for dynamic photography.
- The first NIKKOR Z lens that is not part of the S-Line*1 series for which a multi-focusing system*2 has been adopted, realizing natural rendering across the entire shooting range, as well as fast and accurate AF control, while maintaining a smaller body size.
- Designed with consideration of dust- and drip-resistant performance so that it can be taken anywhere with greater confidence.
- Functions such as aperture and exposure compensation can be assigned to the control ring.
- Developed with consideration for video recording with extremely quiet operation, effective focus-breathing compensation, and stable exposure.
- *1The S-Line is a grade of NIKKOR Z lenses that demonstrate outstanding optical performance, adhering to a high standard of design principles and quality control.
- *2Multiple AF drive units work together to control the position of multiple focus lens groups with great precision for superior image formation performance regardless of shooting distance.
Pricing & Availability
The NIKKOR Z 28mm f/2.8 (SE) special edition lens will be available in a kit with the Z fc camera for $1,199.95 SRP starting in late July, and sold separately starting in fall 2021 for $299.95 SRP.
Nikon Z 28mm f/2.8 (SE) Nikkor
Nikon Z 28mm f/2.8 (SE) Nikkor User Reviews
5 out of 10 points and not recommended by Valdai21 (12 reviews)- Light design - Build quality seems good for the price- Wasn't impressed at all by image quality
I wanted to try a compact Z system with the 28 and 40mm lenses but ended up sending everything back because of the lenses. Neither the 28 or the 40mm impressed me. Of course I didn't expected perfect optical quality for the price but these lenses were a step beyond anything I've used on full frame.reviewed November 27th, 2022
The 28mm is light, build quality seems good enough for the price and sharpness was acceptable in the center but it had noticeable decentering, blurry edges even stopped down and colors looked dull. It's a small affordable lens, but I was deceived by image quality. It's worse than a basic 50mm f/1,8G and worse than the Voigtlander 28mm f/2,8 which is sharper and has much better colors and contrast.
I thought about sample variation but the 40mm I got at the same time was also quite poor. I think it doesn't make sense to buy an expensive Z body to use with these lenses. Those performances would be acceptable from a $100 third party glass but not from Nikon, even if the price is attractive.