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Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8 offers wide-eyed wide-angle zoom for full framers

Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8
(Image credit: Nikon)

Nikon has announced the latest lens for its range of full-frame mirrorless cameras. The Nikkor Z 17-28mm f/2.8 zoom is designed to be a fast-apertured, wide-angle addition to the increasing Nikon Z lens roadmap (opens in new tab).

The lens is designed to be a compact, lighter and more affordable alternative to some of the wide-angle S-class zooms already in Nikon's mirrorless optics range. At   450 g (15.9 oz), it is approximately 30% lighter than the Nikkor Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S (opens in new tab). It is also lighter and more compact than the Nikkor Z 14-30mm f/4 S lens (opens in new tab) - and thanks to internal zooming is designed to be ideal for use on a gimbal.

Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8

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The STM autofocus motor is claimed to be near silent, which coupled with minimal focus breathing, will also make this lens popular for video creators – as will click-less control ring for smooth exposure transitions. 

The Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8 offers an impressive minimum focus distance of just 0.19m / 7.56 inches (0.19 m). The lens is dust-sealed and has an antifouling coating on the front element features to make it easier to wipe away dirt and fingerprints. The optical construction includes the use of a Super ED glass element. The zoom has a 67mm front thread for the use of filters, and a nine-blade aperture diaphragm.

The Nikkor Z 17-28mm f/2.8 go on sale from late October 2022 for a suggested retail price of US$1,199.95 / £1,199.

Nikon's updated Z lens roadmap, following the introduction of the Nikkor Z 17-28mm f/2.8 (Image credit: Nikon)

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Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 


His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 11 Pro.


He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.