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Meet the new Nikkor Z 28mm f/2.8 Special Edition lens launched with the Nikon Z fc

Nikkor Z 28mm f/2.8 SE
(Image credit: Nikon)

The Nikkor Z 28mm f/2.8 Special Edition lens is a compact fixed focal length prime lens which matches the size and design of the new Nikon Z fc. With a maximum aperture of f/2.8, it sacrifices maximum aperture for compactness, and for travel or street photographers who want to travel light, that’s a compromise worth accepting.

In fact, Nikon is offering the Nikkor Z 28mm f/2.8 Special Edition as an alternative ‘kit’ lens with the Nikon Z fc, instead the regular Nikkor Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR lens. The 16-50mm zoom will be more versatile for most users, but the 28mm f/2.8 will give users a taste of classic ‘prime lens’. photography.

On an APS-C camera like the Nikon Z fc, the 18mm focal length corresponds to a focal length of 42mm, which is close to what many might consider an ideal semi-wide ‘walkaround’ lens for everyday photography.

The Nikkor Z 28mm f/2.8 SE is designed to go with the Nikon Z fc, but it's a full frame lens that can be used with any Nikon Z camera. (Image credit: Nikon)

Full frame compatibility

But eagle-eyed lens watchers may spot that there is no ‘DX’ in the name of this lens. It’s true – the Nikkor Z 28mm f/2.8 is actually a full frame lens that can be used equally on APS-C cameras like the Nikon Z fc and older Nikon Z50, but also on full frame cameras like the Nikon Z5, Z6 II or Z7 II if you decide to upgrade to a full frame camera later.

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At launch, the Nikkor Z 28mm f/2.8 is being offered solely as an alternative kit lens for the Z fc, but we expect it to be made available separately for owners of full frame Nikons looking for a cheap and compact prime lens.

The Nikkor Z 28mm f/2.8 adds around $300/£300 to the price of the Z fc camera on its own, and costs approximately $100/£100 more than the Z fc/16-50mm kit, so it’s not a particularly expensive lens, as revealed by the use of a plastic lens mount rather than hard-wearing metal.

We expect the Nikkor Z 28mm f/2.8 to be available at the same time as the Nikon Z fc itself, on July 28 2021. 

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Rod Lawton

Rod is the Group Reviews editor for Digital Camera World and across Future's entire photography portfolio, with decades of experience with cameras of all kinds. Previously he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more.