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Nikon has officially released the Nikkor Z 28mm F2.8 – the non 'SE' version of a lens that we've been fans of for a while. Literally the only differences between this version and the previously released 'SE' are cosmetic. The new lens is housed in a more subdued, modern-styled matte black plastic barrel, in contrast to the retro-styled 'SE'.

Official samples

The glass is the same, which means that we'd expect the same excellent overall performance from a lens that should pair very nicely with the Z 40mm F2 which was released recently. The Nikkor Z 28mm F2.8 will be available next month for $299.95. Check out our gallery of samples from the optically identical 'SE' version below.

View our gallery of samples from the Z 28mm F2.8 'SE'

Press release:


The Smallest, Lightest NIKKOR Z Prime Lens is Both Affordable and Portable

MELVILLE, NY (November 17, 2021) – Today, Nikon Inc. has announced the NIKKOR Z 28mm f/2.8, a compact and lightweight prime lens for Nikon Z series cameras. This fast aperture, wide-angle lens is small enough to carry anywhere, and is ideal for capturing everyday snapshots, group portraits, landscapes, cityscapes and more.

With a total length of approximately 1.7-inches (43mm) and a weight of about 5.46 oz (155g), this lens is the smallest and lightest1 among NIKKOR Z prime lenses. The NIKKOR Z 28mm f/2.8 is also a great lens for close-up photography, with a minimum focus distance of just 0.63 ft (0.19m), making it simple to capture detailed photos and videos of food, DIY crafts, fashion and more. Because it is also extremely compact, affordable and versatile, this new lens will appeal to both full-frame and DX-format Nikon Z series mirrorless users.

Primary features of the NIKKOR Z 28mm f/2.8:

  • The smallest and lightest NIKKOR Z prime lens to date, with a length of approx. 1.7 inches (43mm) and weight of approx. 5.46 oz (155g).
  • The fast f/2.8 maximum aperture allows for a shallow depth of field with pleasing bokeh as well as exceptional low-light capability, even during hand-held shooting.
  • When mounted on a DX-format camera, such as the Nikon Z fc or Z 50, the focal length becomes a natural 42mm (equivalent to 35mm [135] format).
  • A minimum focus distance of approximately 0.63 ft (0.19m) allows users to get close to their subjects for dynamic photography.
  • Adoption of a multi-focusing system realizes natural rendering across the entire shooting range, as well as fast and accurate AF control, while maintaining a smaller body size.
  • Designed with consideration of dust and drip-resistant performance2 so that it can be taken anywhere with greater confidence.
  • Functions such as aperture and exposure compensation can be assigned to the control ring.
  • Developed with consideration for video recording with extremely quiet operation, effective focus-breathing compensation, and stable exposure.
  • The lens differs cosmetically from the previously announced NIKKOR Z 28mm f/2.8 SE lens by featuring a modern black finish.

Pricing and Availability

The NIKKOR Z 28mm f/2.8 lens will be available in December 2021 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $299.95*. For more information about the latest Nikon products, including other NIKKOR Z lenses and the entire collection of Z series cameras, please visit

The appearance of the product may differ from the photo shown above.

  1. Among NIKKOR Z prime lenses for mirrorless cameras with interchangeable lenses, available as of November 17, 2021.
  2. Thorough dust- and drip-resistance is not guaranteed in all situations or under all conditions.

Specifications, equipment, and release dates are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer.

*SRP (Suggested Retail Price) listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time.

Principal specifications
Lens typePrime lens
Max Format size35mm FF
Focal length28 mm
Image stabilizationNo
Lens mountNikon Z
Maximum apertureF2.8
Minimum apertureF16
Aperture ringNo
Number of diaphragm blades7
Special elements / coatings2 aspherical elements
Minimum focus0.19 m (7.48)
Maximum magnification0.2×
Motor typeStepper motor
Full time manualNo
Focus methodInternal
Distance scaleNo
DoF scaleNo
Weight155 g (0.34 lb)
Diameter70 mm (2.76)
Length43 mm (1.69)
Filter thread52 mm
Hood suppliedNo
Tripod collarNo