Nikon have type with regards to retro styling, first with the Df F mount physique, and now with the Z fc and a small variety of retro-styled lenses. We have now regarded on the 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 and now study intimately the brand new Nikkor Z 28mm f/2.eight SE, a Particular Version lens that at present is simply out there as a part of the Z fc SE package within the UK. It’s out there individually within the USA. The brand new lens completely mimics the looks of basic Nikon F SLR handbook focus lenses, though it’s in reality an AF lens. Not solely does it enchantment on a retro degree, however its hidden secret is that it’s in reality a full-frame optic. So let us take a look at the brand new lens, utilizing not solely the APS-C 20.9 MP Nikon Z fc physique but additionally the 45.7 MP Nikon Z 7 II.
For the styling of the lens, it was again to the unique blueprints for Nikon and the phantasm is full. The knurling of the handbook focus ring, the silver ring behind that and the final form are all genuinely Nikon F in look. In fact, we lose an aperture ring or meter coupler, however in any other case, traditionalists simply may relate with enthusiasm to the general ethos of the design.
Weighing in at simply 160g, clearly, it is a lens utilizing plastics extensively, together with the mount. Nonetheless, plastic is usually a completely efficient alternative. There isn’t any offered lens hood, at all times a disgrace, however there’s a commonplace 52mm filter thread; the normal Nikon dimension. The lens is mud and drip-resistant, a welcome resolution.
The management ring will be set to manage focus, aperture, publicity compensation or ISO. The texture of the ring appears similar to what can be anticipated from any of the previous F lenses, silky easy. There aren’t any different controls on the lens, all the things else being managed from the digital camera. There may be subsequently no AF/MF swap. There may be additionally no possibility for VR (Vibration Compensation) and that operate is blanked out within the digital camera menus. Nonetheless, in-camera VR corresponding to with the Nikon Z7 II works simply superb.
AF is pushed by two stepping motors and could be very quick, very quiet and really dependable. The focusing ring can be utilized to tweak the main focus place after AF. Focusing is right down to 0.19m, or 0.63 toes, for a most magnification of 0.2x, 1:5. That is shut, however no nearer than many conventional 28mm lenses.
Lens building is 9 parts in eight teams, together with 2 Aspherical. IF (Inner Focusing) means the size of the lens don’t change. The diaphragm contains 7 rounded blades.
The lens is simply bought as a part of the Z fc SE package within the UK, though out there individually within the USA. Of explicit curiosity is that though it’s provided as a part of a package with an APS-C format digital camera physique, it’s in reality a full-frame lens. It really works simply as properly with the Z 7 II physique and the chance was taken to check it out on each DX and FX codecs. The FX-format leads to the native 28mm focal size as meant, a really helpful wide-angle; the DX-format leads to a “35mm-format equal” of 42mm. When it comes to area of view, that 42mm could be very near the theoretical “commonplace lens” which for full-frame can be 43mm.
Both as a wide-angle, or as a barely broad commonplace, relying as detailed above on the format, it is a completely beautiful lens to make use of. It seems to be nice, it really works faultlessly and the outcomes will communicate for themselves. What’s to not like?
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