Nikon Announces NIKKOR Z 28-75mm f/2.8 Lens, Teases 800mm f/6.3


Nikon has just announced the NIKKOR Z 28-75mm f/2.8 Lens, a fast, lightweight zoom for Z-series mirrorless cameras. The new lens provides flexible reach, whether capturing events, portraits, landscapes, or even close-ups, while maintaining a bright, constant f/2.8 aperture and manageable weight for easy carry. Additionally, Nikon has also revealed the development of the herculean NIKKOR Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S Lens.

Nikon NIKKOR Z 28-75mm f/2.8 Lens
Nikon NIKKOR Z 28-75mm f/2.8 Lens

Nearly 30% lighter than the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 and only 4.8 inches in length when retracted, the new zoom makes for an excellent option for everyday carry and usage. Its bright f/2.8 aperture promises excellent low-light performance across the entire zoom range, as well as creative focusing control whether shooting stills or recording video.

It can focus as close as 7.5 inches when you need to get up close and personal to your subject and provides a 42-112mm equivalent range when used on a DX-format camera. Video creators will appreciate the lens’s smooth control ring, which enables natural-looking aperture adjustments for consistent recording. Further benefiting video capture is a quick and quiet stepping motor and suppressed focus breathing.

Alongside the new zoom, Nikon has also teased the NIKKOR Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S Lens, which is currently in development. To make such extensive reach feasible for the mirrorless format, this super-tele prime will incorporate a Phase Fresnel (PF) element, which reduces the overall size and weight of the lens.

Nikon NIKKOR Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S Lens
Nikon NIKKOR Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S Lens

What do you think of Nikon’s latest Z-series lenses? Share your thoughts in the Comments section, below!


The rumor mill indicates that Canon is coming out with an RF 800mm f/5.6, which tops the Nikon in terms of aperture.  Nikon needs to reengineer its administrative staff, which placed the company miles behind the mirrorless race and seems to be missing opportunities as al k. and Patrick have indicated below!  Here is a company that produced a fantastic f/0.95 in 58mm, which rivals Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH.; however, they keep missing opportunities to match Canon.  To be fair their newly announced 400mm seems as good as any.

Totally agree with al k., Nikon should have planned for an f/5.6 unless there is some optical engineering magical formula, which optimizes the aperture at f/6.3 instead of f/5.6.  For example, in astrophotography the Astro-Physics 130mm f/6.3 StarFire GTX Grand Turismo is considered the Rolls Royce of all telescopes in this range, and it takes 10+ years to get your hand in one of these beauties!  The coincidence here is the equal f/6.3.  In addition, Sigma has been known for having lenses with aperture of f/6.3.  Love to see the experts from B&H jump into the conversation!

I agree with the previous writer!!! Why an 800mm 6.3 or a 100-400 4.5-6.3? Please Nikon!!!  Why can't they be wider like F5.6 or F4-56? Have been a Nikon shooter since 1979, and I love you!!! Why not a 28mm-105 f2? Come on guys!!!

If these lenses are anything like the existing Z lenses, they should be excellent as expected with Nikkor glass.  Curious though why Nikon is making a f/6.3 800 when they already have an existing f/5.6 albeit F-Mount.  Why not make the Z 800mm f/5.6 as well and I am also wondering if the new 800mm  will have a dedicated tele-converter like the F-Mount 800mm.