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Nikon Nikkor Z 28mm F2.8 (SE) Review

The Nikon Nikkor Z 28mm F2.8 is a good product, but it sacrifices a bit of build quality to meet a reasonable asking price. It also captures pleasing images and offers lots of value. Some of the most important pros of the device are that it is small and light prime. It has sharp full-frame optics, and it has sensible pricing. It has no visible distortion or focuses on breathing.

In terms of cons, one can say that autofocus is on the slower side. The plastic build is also without weather protection, and the control ring function is not that useful. The dimension of the device is 2.8 by 1.7 inches. It has a weight of around 5.6 oz. The filter thread is about 52mm. The focal length is about 28mm, and the mount is Nikon Z. It has an autofocus facility and no optical stabilization.

The lenses of the Nikkor Z 28mm F2.8 address Nikon’s budget-conscious customers. The best thing is that it delivers generally sharp results and works well on both full-frame and crop sensor bodies. One can choose between standard prices at $299.95 and Special Edition at $309.95, depending on one’s aesthetic preferences. There are occasional chromatic aberrations and a stuttering autofocus motor.

These are the biggest complaints here, but it can be acceptable to compromise in light of the price and the lack of low-cost third party options on the platform. Having said that, the premium Nikkor Z 24 mm F1.8S priced at $999.95 remains a better option for serious photographers who value optical perfection.

The Z 28mm F2.8 version is available in two options, with the standard having a black finish and no adornments, and it looks like most of the other Nikkor Z lenses. There is also a fancier Special Edition version, which comes at a modest $10 premium, but it resembles a 1980’s Nikkor price and is complete with a silver accent ring, square knurling on the barrel, and a focus ring. Overall, the product seems a good fit at a lesser price for the photographers.

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