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Nikon beefs up its range of Z lenses with two new optics

Say hello to the NIKKOR Z 28-75mm f/2.8 and NIKKOR Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S…

It’s fair to say that Nikon was a little late to the mirrorless party, but the brand sure is making up for lost time and has just announced that photographers using Nikon range of Z mirrorless cameras will soon have two new lenses to add to their kit bags.

First up is the NIKKOR Z 28-75mm f/2.8 – a fast aperture zoom lens that boasts a versatile focal length that will be able to cover everything from landscapes and street photography at the wider end of the focal range, right through to portraiture and general travel photography at the longer end. Although designed for full frame cameras such as the Z 7 II, the lens will also work with Nikon’s crop-sensor mirrorless cameras (the Z 50 and Zfc), where the focal length switches up to 42-112mm.

Despite the fast maximum aperture of f/2.8 throughout the entire focal range, the 28-75mm lens is lightweight, tipping the scales at just 565g, which will not only please those photographers looking for a lens with a versatile focal length to travel light, but also to videographers who may wish to pair this lens with a Nikon mirrorless body and use it on a gimbal to film video.

Along with capturing wider views, the 28-75mm looks set to be a great lens for making the most of smaller subjects too, as the lens boasts a minimum focusing distance of just 0.62ft (19cm) enabling photographers to get frame-filling shots of tiny objects. Photographers who shoot out in the wild will be pleased to hear the NIKKOR Z 28-75mm f/2.8 features weather sealing to protect against dust and water droplets and the lens also features an antifouling coating, which Nikon says makes for easy cleaning.

The construction of the NIKKOR Z 28-75mm f/2.8 includes a STM motor, for fast and accurate focus that will be quiet – a must for those shooting video. What’s more, the lens also features a control ring, which will allow users to focus manually or adjust settings such as  ISO sensitivity, aperture and exposure compensation. 

Although the NIKKOR Z 28-75mm f/2.8 is expected to ship in early 2022, the second lens Nikon has announced will need a bit of a longer wait, as the NIKKOR Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S is only in the development stage. The long telephoto prime (which will have a focal length of 1200mm on the Z 50) will be part of Nikon’s S-Line of lenses and the brand says; ‘The NIKKOR Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S is an S-Line lens, delivering powerful rendering with outstanding resolution while thoroughly reducing colour bleeding. By adopting a PF (Phase Fresnel) lens that enables a compact and lightweight body, it is highly portable despite being a super-telephoto lens. With its high rendering performance and superb mobility, this lens will be an excellent choice for many types of photographers ranging from advanced amateurs to professionals.’