Compared to Nikon’s other 24-70mm f/2.8 lenses, the Z 28-75mm f/2.8 is significantly cheaper, making it a more affordable option for photographers who want a standard zoom lens with a constant aperture of f/2.8.
This is a fast standard zoom lens for Nikon Z mount cameras. Providing a 28-75mm zoom range. This is arguably, the cheaper version of the Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8 lens that costs almost twice as much.
The Z 28-75mm f/2.8 lens features a single barrel design, similar to the Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S lens. It is also surprisingly lightweight, weighing only 565g (1.25 lb or 19.9 oz) plus 25g for the lens hood. This makes it one of the lightest f/2.8 zoom lenses available.
The lens comes with a lens hood right out of the box. The lens hood is plastic but feels more premium and durable as compared to the one you get on something like the Meike 85mm f1.8 lens. The plastic lens hood is also reversible so that’s one other good thing with it.
The glass up front is beautiful and big, and there are no durability issues.
The lens is quite lightweight with its plastic build. It features a metallic mount with some level of weather sealing. While it doesn’t have the advanced coatings found in Nikon’s S-line lenses, it still delivers good optical performance.
The autofocus motor works silently. The zoom ring is also rubberized and it turns smoothly. The lens in itself, doesn’t come with image stabilization, unlike the more expensive versions. But given the fact that all Nikon Z line of cameras come with the in-camera sensor-shift Vibration Reduction, you will still get quite decent stabilization in both photos and videos.
You may have noticed that there aren’t any fancy buttons, manual or autofocus switches, or screens on the lens as well. It just has the zoom ring, and the manual focus ring, which you can actually set up in the settings menu to do a couple of other things. The lens has autofocus with a built-in AF drive and allows manual focus override by turning the multi-function control ring. It does not have a dedicated focus ring like the other Nikon Z 24-70mm lenses.
The lens has a filter size of 67mm. so in case you want to mount UV, and ND filters on it, you would have to keep that in mind.
It has a maximum aperture of f2.8 and which closes up to a minimum of f22. The Z 28-75mm f/2.8 has a closest focus distance of 0.19m (0.6ft) at 28mm and 0.39m (1.2ft) at 75mm. It offers a maximum magnification of 1:2.9 at 28mm and 1:3.4 at 75mm, which is quite good.
The lens is a zoom lens of course, and zooming in extends the overall length of the lens, which isn’t so ideal for people who would want to use it for shooting videos while mounted on a gimbal.
Now as mentioned, this is a lens solely for the Nikon Z camera systems so mounting it on my Nikon Z5 was a breeze. No need for adapters here.
I should also mention that this lens has a small zoomed-in feature which I believe is present so that it can’t be mounted on the APS-C line of Nikon Z cameras. I noticed this when I had it on 35mm and compared it to my Tamron 35mm f1.8, the Tamron had a wider field of view and more in the shot.
The good news about this lens is its aperture, which is stuck at its widest at f2.8. Unlike other zoom lenses which turn to close up the aperture upon zooming in, this does not. You may have noticed from this shot right here that zooming in and out still maintains the f2.8 aperture throughout.
With that mentioned, there are 9 aperture blades in all. This allows for dreamy round circular bokeh lights in the background of images and videos.
Compared to my current zoom lens, the Nikkor 24-105mm f4 lens, the Nikkor 28-75mm f2.8 lens is way slimmer and lighter to hold, comfortably.
In actual sense, this lens looks like a copy of an older Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 for Sony E-mount cameras. They have similar looks, designs, and functionalities. Corner sharpness isn’t really an issue for me cos I mostly shoot photos of people who, I mostly have at the center of my frame so all the shots should be sharp enough.
The Nikon Z 28-75mm f/2.8 lens is priced at 990 EUR / 1197 USD / 949 GBP, making it significantly cheaper than the Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S lens.
Overall, the Nikon Nikkor Z 28-75mm f/2.8 lens offers a good balance of performance, affordability, and weight. While it may not have all the advanced features of Nikon’s S-line lenses, it provides a solid option for photographers looking for a standard zoom lens with a constant f/2.8 aperture.