Nikon announces the Z 17-28mm f/2.8 zoom

Nikon has announced the Nikkor Z 17-28mm f/2.8, a wide-angle zoom for Z-mount mirrorless cameras that could potentially be a great lens for underwater imaging. The new offering joins the existing Z 14–30mm f/4 and Z 14–24mm f/2.8 S lenses, both of which can be used behind a dome port.

The lens is made up of 13 elements in 11 groups, including three aspherical elements, two extra-low dispersion (ED) elements and one Super ED element. Zooming happens internally. Unlike the Z 14–30mm f/4 and Z 14–24mm f/2.8 S, both of which have a minimum focusing distance of 11 inches (28 cm), the Z 17–28mm f /2.8 can focus as close as 7.56 inches (19 cm). ). The lens has a 67mm front filter thread and weighs approximately 15.9oz (450g).

Shipping from late October, the Nikkor Z 17-28mm f/2.8 will be priced at $1,200 and available from retailers such as Backscatter.

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Wide, bright and ultra-light: Enjoy more of the story with the new NIKKOR Z 17-28mm f/2.8

Capture the big picture with Nikon’s latest affordable f/2.8 zoom lens

MELVILLE, NY (September 20, 2022) Nikon Inc. has announced the NIKKOR Z 17-28mm f/2.8, the latest addition to the growing selection of extremely capable and highly affordable f/2.8 zoom lenses. This new full-frame lens combines the versatility of an ultra-wide field of view with the benefits of a large fixed aperture, putting low-light performance and beautiful bokeh within reach.

“The number of NIKKOR Z lenses continues to grow at a rapid rate, providing all creators with mirrorless lenses featuring the latest optical innovations,” said Jay Vannatter, Executive Vice President of Nikon Inc. “The new NIKKOR Z 17-28mm f/2.8 is derived from the same common concept as the recent NIKKOR Z 28-75mm f/2.8 lens, establishing a series of affordable zooms that open a gateway to fast aperture performance and absolute versatility.

The NIKKOR Z 17-28mm f/2.8 is a lens for storytellers, captivating the viewer with vast landscapes, grand interiors or enveloping their senses with the starry night sky. The combination of ultra-wide-angle perspective and constant bright f/2.8 aperture liberates the creator, transforming everyday scenes into awe-inspiring images and videos that grab viewers’ attention or set the scene. This large aperture not only improves the lens’ performance in low light, but also creates a beautiful out-of-focus area to make the subject stand out. Scenes that were previously difficult to photograph are easier than ever to capture in vivid detail, like a crowded dance floor at a wedding reception or a backlit subject in a cityscape.

The new NIKKOR Z 17-28mm f/2.8 is ready to go anywhere. This extremely lightweight and portable lens weighs just 450g (15.9oz), approximately 30% lighter than the NIKKOR Z 14-24mm f/2.8. It’s also lighter and more compact than the NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 lens and uses a 67mm threaded mount for circular polarizers or neutral density filters. The lens’ minimal weight and internal zoom make it easy to store or carry anywhere, and create an ideal partner for gimbals since the lens balance never changes.

Lens is designed for creators who aren’t afraid to think outside the box when researching their content. The entire lens is sealed to keep out dust and water droplets¹, while the front element has an anti-smudge coating that easily wipes away dirt, smudges and fingerprints . The NIKKOR Z 17-28mm f/2.8 emphasizes sharpness, using an optical formula that utilizes a Super ED glass element for maximum image quality at all focal lengths.

Autofocus speed is extremely fast, thanks to the use of a high-speed stepping motor (STM), working seamlessly with Nikon Z mirrorless cameras to acquire critical focus on faces and eyes in frame. The STM is also nearly silent, significantly reducing drive noise during video recording. Video content creators will especially appreciate the minimized focus breathing and click-free control ring for smooth exposure transitions. For added versatility in stills and video, the minimum focus distance is just 7.56 inches (0.19m)², allowing users to get close-ups for products and beauty shots with beautifully blurred background.

Price and availability

The new NIKKOR Z 17-28mm f/2.8 will be available in late October 2022 at a suggested retail price of $1,199.95*. For more information on the latest Nikon products, including other NIKKOR Z lenses and the entire collection of Z-series cameras, visit

¹ 100% dust and drip resistance not guaranteed in all situations or under all conditions.
²At 17mm zoom position.
*SRP (suggested retail price) shown as a suggestion only. Actual prices are set by dealers and subject to change at any time.

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