Nikon also today announced the NIKKOR Z 28mm f/2.8 and NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2.
I have never been a big fan of the conventional 50mm focal length on full frame, although I have used many.
Certainly not a quality issue, but more about how I see my subjects. I preferred a 35mm slightly more, but in reality, a 40mm focal length I decided some time ago suited my tastes better in ‘conventional’ focal lengths. For me though, most of my Nikon photography is shot with focal lengths 60mm and above.
I feel that the 28mm focal length gets hardly a mention these days, unless it is an eye-catching fast aperture options such as F/1.4.
But the truth is, when I started in photography, it was considered quite a dramatic wide angle. Both in angle of view terms, and, if you have been a Nikkor user, for some very good optical performers using a ‘retrofocus’ design for ‘SLR’ cameras.
This new lens should be good optically. Not having a mirror in the light path of the camera can be very beneficial with wide angle lenses. While fast aperture versions offer lots of creative blur potential, the fact is, most 28mm shots taken will continue to be shot stopped down a bit for increased depth-of-field.
Here is the rather scant info so far, and the release details seem a bit rushed consequently. But they look like they will be light and presumably competitively priced optics.
Nikon to expand its Z mount lens range with the development of the NIKKOR Z 28mm f/2.8 and NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2
London, United Kingdom, 2nd June 2021: Nikon is pleased to announce the development of the NIKKOR Z 28mm f/2.8 and NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2. The new compact and lightweight prime lenses have been made for full-frame (Nikon FX format) mirrorless cameras, for which the Nikon Z mount has been adopted. The lenses are scheduled for release in 2021.
The NIKKOR Z 28mm f/2.8 is being developed as a wide-angle prime lens, perfect for everyday snapshots. In contrast, the NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2 is being designed as a standard prime lens allowing users to easily enjoy bokeh as part of their imaging expression. Both lenses will be easy to use by a broad range of users, including those new to mirrorless cameras, in a wide variety of daily scenarios.
Nikon will continue to pursue a new dimension in optical performance while meeting users’ needs. This ultimately contributes to the wider development of imaging culture, with the hope of expanding possibilities for photography performance.
*The appearance of the lenses may differ from the photo shown above.