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Nikon Z DX 12-28mm f/3.5-5.6 PZ VR Lens

Nikon Z DX 12-28mm f/3.5-5.6 PZ VR Lens

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The Nikon Z DX 12-28mm f/3.5-5.6 PZ VR Lens is an ultra wide angle power zoom for APS-C mirrorless Z mount cameras, which is ideal for video, vlogging and photography thanks to  incredibly smooth, creative focusing.


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  • Incredibly compact and portable ultra wide angle zoom lens for Nikon mirrorless APS-C camera users
  • Power zoom design allows you to zoom without touching the lens, via programmable camera buttons and remote control
  • Extremely close minimum focusing of 0.19m across the zoom range makes this ideal for vlogging and close-ups
  • Lightweight design with internal focusing ideal for mounting into a camera gimbal for rock steady video recording
  • Up to 4.5-stops optical image stabilisation reduces blur even while recording handheld and walking or panning
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Nikon Z DX 12-28mm f/3.5-5.6 PZ VR Lens Summary

With a compact and lightweight design, the Nikon Z DX 12-28mm f/3.5-5.6 PZ VR Lens is a highly portable ultra wide angle zoom lens for crop sensor Nikon mirrorless cameras. At just 205g this compact little zoom is perfectly balanced on any DX camera, such as the Nikon Z Fc and Z 50.

The Z DX 12-28mm lens also features internal focusing, with a unique power zoom design, which enables you to zoom incredibly smoothly at various speeds to suit your content. What’s more, the power zoom can be controlled entirely without touching the lens, using programmable camera buttons, an optional remote controller or the Nikon App. It also boasts a close 0.19m minimum focus distance and built-in vibration reduction, which reduces camera shake by up to 4.5-stops.

The 1.5 magnification factor results in a full-frame equivalent 18-42mm zoom range, which makes the ultra wide Nikon mirrorless lens particularly well-suited to vlogging and video content, as well as for stills photography.

Key Nikon Z DX 12-28mm f/3.5-5.6 PZ VR Lens Features

  • Ultra wide angle zoom for DX (crop) mirrorless Z cameras
  • Incredibly compact design, which weighs just 205g
  • Smooth, steady power zoom using camera buttons, App or optional Nikon ML-L7 Remote
  • 0.19m minimum focus distance across the zoom range
  • Ideal for vlogging, video and photography
  • VCM voice coil vibration reduction up to 4.5-stops
  • Internal; zoom mechanism enables use on camera gimbals
  • Silent control ring and comprehensive weather seals
  • Compact 67mm lens filter thread

Nikon Nikkor Z DX 12-28mm f/3.5-5.6 PZ VR Lens in More Detail

Power zoom design

With a unique power zoom design, the Nikon Z DX 12-28mm f/3.5-5.6 PZ VR Lens is ideal for video creators and vloggers, as well as photographers who enjoy ultra wide angle shots and close-ups. The power zoom enables more creative videos and vlogs, with smooth and steady zooming without needing to touch the lens itself.

You can simply zoom in using programmable buttons on the mirrorless camera body, use an optional camera remote controller, such as the ML-L7 Remote, or the SnapBridge app to control the zoom remotely.

Creative zoom functionality

With the power zoom feature you can create various zoom speeds for your footage from 11 presets. Whether you want attention grabbing fast zooming or slow, steady slow zooms, this features allows for precise control between 36 seconds and just over 0.5 seconds zoom throughout the entire range.

Built-in VR stabilisation

Enjoy up to 4.5-stops of built-in vibration reduction (VR) to help you capture blur-free video even when walking and talking or panning handheld. Choose between Sports VR and Normal modes in the camera body to optimise VR for the subject you’re shooting. For stills capture enabling VR does not reduce high-speed burst, helping to keep up with the action, now matter how fast paced it is.

Gimbal friendly design

With a well-balanced internal zoom design and low 205g weight, the Z DX 12-28mm f/3.5-5.6 PZ VR Lens is perfect for mounting onto a camera gimbal and stabiliser, such as the lightweight DJI RS 3 Mini.

Internal zooming means that the lens barrel doesn’t get longer or shorter while zooming in or out, so it stays perfectly balanced with a stable centre of gravity. Whether you’re shooting handheld or with a stabiliser this is a great feature to have.

Impressive image quality

Nikon is renowned for manufacturing extremely high-quality lenses and this model features an optical design with 12 elements in 11 groups. These include one ED and one aspherical special element, which deliver beautifully sharp and well controlled images throughout the zoom range. This is coupled with a 7-blade rounded aperture diaphragm and 0.21x maximum reproduction ratio.

Silent control ring

Another great feature for videographers is the control ring, which allows for silent, clickless aperture changes when shooting video. The ring can be used for ISO control as well as smooth aperture changes, in order to reduce unwanted click noise, whilst being extremely tactile thanks to a knurled easy to grip ring.

Travel-friendly build quality

This compact ultra wide mirrorless zoom has been sealed across the lens barrel and all moving parts, which is perfect for outdoor content creators who can be caught out during a downpour and shoot in dusty environments.

Compact 67mm filter thread

If you shoot video the chances are you’ll need a VND or ND filter to balance bright conditions and this lens features a 67mm thread for lens filters. Add a circular polariser to reduce glare and saturate colour, or a Protector Filter to reduce damage from accidental knocks when close focusing.

What’s in the box

  • Nikon Nikkor Z DX 12-28mm f/3.5-5.6 PZ VR Lens for Nikon mirrorless Z mount
  • Rear lens cap LC-67B
  • Front lens cap LF-N1
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Autofocus: Yes
Aperture ring: N/A
Constant Aperture: N/A
Lens CIPA Image stabilization rating: N/A
Colour: N/A
Diameter (mm): 72
Length (mm): 64
Weight (g): 205
Distance scale: N/A
DoF scale: N/A
Elements: 12
Environmental Sealing: N/A
Focus distance limiter: N/A
Focal length: 12 - 28 mm
Focus method: N/A
Filter Thread: N/A
Full time manual: N/A
Groups: 11
Hood supplied: N/A
Lens Image stabilization: N/A
Lens mount: N/A
Lens Materials: N/A
Maximum focal length: 28.0
Maximum magnification: 0.210
Maximum aperture (number): 3.50
Maximum aperture (text): N/A
Max Format size: N/A
Minimum focal length: 12.0
Lens Minimum focus distance (m): 0.19
Minimum aperture (number): 25.00
Minimum aperture (text): N/A
Motor type: N/A
Number of diaphragm blades: 7
Power zoom: Yes
Special elements / coatings: N/A
Tripod collar: N/A
Lens type: N/A
Wide/Tele: N/A
Lens Level: N/A
Best For: N/A
Best For Holiday and Landscape: Yes
Best For Interior and Architecture: Yes
Best For Fashion and Portrait: N/A
Best For Macro and Still Life: N/A
Best For Astro: Yes
Best For Street: Yes
Best For Wildlife and Sport: N/A
Zoom lock: N/A
Zoom method: N/A
Notes: N/A

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Our Verdict

With the arrival of the Nikon Z DX 12-28mm f/3.5-5.6 PZ VR Lens, DX mirrorless camera users gain a brilliant compact ultra wide angle zoom lens, which is a great addition for video and hybrid content creation. The wide angle range with extremely close minimum focusing make this a great choice for vlogging, with several features aimed at video-first creators.

These include the power zoom design, which opens up new creative opportunities to capture appealing focus pulls in fast or slow speeds to suit your content. This feature can be controlled via the lens, camera, App, as well as an optional remote controller for added versatility and stability.

Nikon has designed the lens with built-in VR to reduce camera shake as well as creating an internal focusing system. This maintains barrel length while zooming, so that you can use a camera gimbal without needing to rebalance the stabiliser for various scenes.

Despite the compact proportions of the lens, image quality is impressive for both stills and video, due to the inclusion of ED and aspherical special lens elements. There’s also a comprehensive series of weather seals plus a compact filter thread, which make this a brilliant choice for crop sensor creators of all skill levels.

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  • Like New – The equipment is in a condition as if you have just bought it from the manufacturer. The item is still considered to be ‘Like New’ even without the original packaging and accessories. The product has been fully tested and is in perfect working order. Lenses are optically clear. There may be light dust present that will not effect the imagery.
  • Excellent – The equipment should be close to being ‘Like New’ but there may be some small cosmetic blemishes that lower its grade. The product has been fully tested and is in perfect excellent order.
    • Cameras – Should have no marks on the LCD screen
    • Lenses – Should have no marks on the elements and optically clear. There may be light dust present that will not effect the imagery.
  • Very Good – The equipment may have some slight cosmetic wear to the paintwork and cosmetic blemishes  with only light signs of use and the product has been fully tested and is in great working order.
    • Cameras – The LCD screen may have small signs of wear that does not affect its display
    • Lenses – The mount of the lens will start to show signs of wear
  • Good – The equipment is showing more obvious signs of cosmetic wear and blemishes, but the product has been fully tested and is in great working order.
    • Cameras – LCD screen may have scratches or wear that is starting to affect the display.
    • Lenses – May have slight dust inside that does not affect images. The mount shows signs of use.
  • Well Used – The equipment will show significant signs of wear. The paintwork will be coming away in large areas exposing the metal work, but the product has been fully tested and is in great working order.
    • Cameras – LCD screen is heavily worn either by de-lamination or has scratches to it. Rubber grips are starting to come away from the body.
    • Lenses – The lens has dust inside that may affect images. The rubber zoom/focus ring is coming away from the barrel of the lens.

*All of our used items are listed with the accesories that are included. If they are not listed then they will not be supplied at eh epoint of purchase.

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