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Nikon 28-75mm f/2.8 Z Mount Lens Review


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Background
While I love the prime lenses Nikon has put out in the S line for the Z mount, I wanted to have a fast prime for the times when swapping lenses was impractical.

 

Not wanting to spend a lot on the S line zooms like the 24-70/2.8, we looked toward the 28-85 to do that.

 

We’ll be looking at the performance of this lens against other zooms as well as the primes in similar focal lengths.

 

Specifications were gathered using Google Bard AI and customized. Not all information may be accurate as Google Bard AI is still in Beta.

 

  • Mount: Nikon Z mount
  • Focal length: 28-75mm
  • Maximum aperture: f/2.8
  • Minimum aperture: f/22
  • Angle of view: 75°-32°10′ (FX) / 53°-21°20′ (DX)
  • Lens construction: 15 elements in 12 groups (including 1 Super ED glass element, 1 ED glass element and 3 aspherical lens elements)
  • Minimum focus distance: 0.19 m (0.63 ft)
  • Maximum reproduction ratio: 0.34x
  • Diaphragm blades: 9 (rounded diaphragm opening)
  • Filter-attachment size: 67 mm
  • Dimensions: Approximately 75 x 120.5 mm (3 x 4.8 in)
  • Weight: Approximately 565 g (1 lb 4 oz)

 

Other features:

  • Stepping motor (STM) for quiet and precise autofocus
  • Control ring for assigning settings such as aperture or exposure compensation
  • Dust and drip-resistant design
  • Fluorine-coated front element

 

Let’s get into the meat of the review and see if this lens is a worthy Z mount lens!

 

Disclosure – images were post processed to my liking and in various styles. Some were processed from RAW and others may be out of camera JPG.

 

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Handling/Size/Weight/Build
The first thing you’ll notice is the lack of weight. It feels light. Light due most likely from the majority plastic construction. It does have a metal mount and weather sealing gasket on the mount.

 

This is a pretty normal Z lens setup. Zoom ring at the front and multi function ring toward the lens mount.

 

Both rings feel good in use and we were able to get precise zooming.

 

There is a supplied lens hood, and it clicks into place and reverses for storage when not in use.

 

While the lens didn’t feel as premium or sturdy in the hand as the S line primes or zooms, it is well built and I had no concerns in actual use.

 

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Weather Sealed
Weather sealing is there. Not sure to what level, is it like an S line lens, probably not – but good enough for normal use. From what I can find, there is mention of dust and drip resistance – but I would guess it is not up to the level of an S line lens.

 

Please make your own decision on what you feel is an acceptable risk on weather sealing claims and the conditions you will be shooting in.

 

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Image Quality
So here is what most want to know. Yes, the lens is sharp!

 

It’s at its weakest at f/2.8. It is least sharp here and has slightly less contrast. Stopping down just a little bit helps immensely. F/2.8 is still perfectly usable, so have no fear of using it at this aperture.

 

Images speak louder than any of my words, so please judge the results I’ve been able to get from this lens.

 

I’ve no complaints about this lens sharpness or rendering in general. Contrast is very nice, colors are true to the scene.

 

The weird thing is that looking at images from this lens, I get a very Nikon Z 24-200 lens vibe as far as the rendering and micro contrast come across in the images.

 

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Focusing
Focus is competent on this lens. It is fast and accurate. On the Z6 I missed one shot and that was wide open on a very low contrast subject.

 

What surprised me, in a good way, was the close focusing distance of the lens. I was able to get right up on the flower shoot above and I still think I could have gotten closer.

 

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VR (Vibration Reduction Stabilization)
This lens has no VR built in. If stabilization is needed, I recommend getting a Z mount cavers with IBIS.

 

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Bottom Line
A wide to medium telephoto lens is a staple in many s serious photographers kit. In this day and age, the 24-70/2.8 is usually the pick.

 

However, this 28-75 has quite a bit going for it, price over the cousins is a big one.

 

I predict that this will be a sleeper lens that will grow in popularity for its sharpness, rendering and close focusing ability.

 

This bargain version of the workhouse f/2.8 lens mag very well satisfy most needs for much less of s got on the wallet.

 

Bottom Line = Highly Recommend.

 

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I shoot Nikon, Olympus, Minolta, Pentax and Leica.  Probably not enough!  LOL

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