Hands-on: Nikon 17-28mm f/2.8 review

Nikon took us by surprise with the announcement of this fast, wide lens – but we got out hands on it at The Photography Show

Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8
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Early Verdict

This wide-angle 17-28mm full-frame lens might not be as ultra-wide as Nikon's 14-24mm f/2.8, but if you can live without those extra 3mm you'll pick a lens that's just as fast at around half the price. We should be getting our hands on a production model towards the end of October and will bring you our full verdict then.


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    Fast f/2.8 aperture

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    Attractive price point


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    17mm aperture not that wide

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    Not an S-line lens

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Nikon took us by surprise with the overnight announcement of its new fast, wide lens during The Photography Show. But we managed to get our hands on a pre-production sample the very next day during the show. 

The Z 17-28mm f/2.8 is billed as a cheaper alternative to the company's top-of-the-range ultra-wide-angle Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S, with the same fast f/2.8 aperture beloved of pros, but with a slightly less-wide 17mm minimum focal length as opposed to 14mm (but slightly longer 28mm at maximum zoom, compared to 24mm on the S-line lens). 

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Adam Waring

Adam has been the editor of N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine for almost 12 years, and as such is one of Digital Camera World's leading experts when it comes to all things Nikon-related. 

Whether it’s reviews and hands-on tests of the latest Nikon cameras and lenses, sharing his skills using filters, tripods, lighting, L brackets and other photography equipment, or trading tips and techniques on shooting landscapes, wildlife and almost any genre of photography, Adam is always on hand to provide his insights. 

Prior to his tenure on N-Photo, Adam was also a veteran of publications such as PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine, so his wealth of photographic knowledge isn’t solely limited to the Big N.