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A Look at the Nikon NIKKOR Z 28-75mm f/2.8 Lens

We have seen a move toward lenses that make smart compromises to reach more affordable price points in recent years, and that trend has made its way to first-party manufacturers. For Nikon mirrorless shooters, there is the new NIKKOR Z 28-75mm f/2.8 lens, and this great video review takes a look at the sort of performance and image quality you can expect from it in practice. 

Coming to you from Matt Irwin Photography, this great video takes a look at the new Nikon NIKKOR Z 28-75mm f/2.8 lens. At about half the price of the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S, the 28-75mm f/2.8 still offers that sought-after f/2.8 maximum aperture that makes it a fantastic tool for people like wedding photographers, but it makes a few sacrifices to get there, most notable being the loss of 4mm at the wide end. It is worth noting that the difference 24mm and 28mm is not insignificant, but that being said, if your work does not require it, not only is the 28-75mm f/2.8 significantly cheaper, it is also much lighter, which can make it far easier to tote around on an all-day photo walk or the like. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Irwin. 

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William Faucher's picture

Thanks for sharing, Alex! I've been relentlessly looking for information about this lens, but there is so little to be found. I was a bit disappointed by this video though. I was hoping for an in-depth comparison with the other 24-70 offerings, sharpness/IQ comparisons, see what Nikon did compared to the old Tamron 28-75mm this lens is based off of.
But he spends too much time talking about his channel and not enough about the lens.

But I digress, I'm hoping we see more reviews about this lens soon since I am greatly anticipating its arrival in my mailbox.

charles hoffman's picture

Looks like a Tamron. But priced like a nikon

Deleted Account's picture

Yeah, it's a rehoused G1. Nikon has some cheek with this.

William Faucher's picture

We know that Nikon is using the optical formula of the Tamron 28-75 G1. What we don't know is what kind of agreement or licensing deal they struck with Tamron about this. We also don't know what extra changes to the lens Nikon has done, weather sealing, coatings, construction quality, etc.
I would assume this lens is largely unchanged, and the extra cost is for reliability and connection consistency with Z-mount.

Deleted Account's picture

Fair call.

charles hoffman's picture

The extra was staming the. Name

And peddling it through nikons channel

William Faucher's picture

Staming? Sorry I don't understand what you're trying to say.

charles hoffman's picture

all told, a nikon z5 and this lens is still the least expensive combination of full-frame cam with stabilization and full-range zoom

Timothy Gasper's picture

Looks and sounds fine. Am thinking about this for my use. After reading others' comments...I will research the Tamron and weigh the differences. Thank you gentlemen. Keep up the good work.