The power
of zoom.

  • 12-28mmUltra-Wide-Angle Zoom
  • 205 gLightweight
  • VRImage Stabilization
    (4.5 stops)*
  • Z MountAPS-C Size/DX Format

An essential lens
for creators.

Power Zoom: Zoom with precision and consistency.

Add a high-end touch to your videos with smooth power-assisted zoom transitions. Select from 11 speeds—from slow and subtle to nearly instantaneous.


Fluidly starts and stops zooming with no jumpiness.

Convenient zoom control.

Lens Zoom Ring

Camera Magnification Buttons1

MC-N10 Grip1

Sold separately

ML-L7Bluetooth® Remote1

Sold separately


SnapBridge App


NX Tether

1. Camera magnification buttons and 11 speed functionality supported on the Z 30 and the Z fc.
2. These functions will be supported by a subsequent software update.

VR image stabilization keeps shots steady.

4.5 stops* of built-in optical VR (Vibration Reduction) counteracts shakiness for steadier videos, sharper photos and better low-light performance.

Part of a growing lineup of lenses for content creators.


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    Internal Zoom Mechanism

    With the internal zoom mechanism, the total length of the lens barrel is fixed. This keeps the lens’ center of gravity almost constant even during zooming.

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    Power Zoom

    The power zoom* has been designed in pursuit of light and responsive operational feel. This function achieves smooth zooming at a constant speed and various options for zoom operation including via remote-control capabilities. That ensures comfortable photo shooting and video recording. *With some cameras, this function is supported only via firmware update.

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    Aspherical Lens

    A lens with a curved, non-spherical surface. Used to reduce aberrations and enable a more compact lens size. Aspherical lenses minimize coma and other types of lens aberrations, even when used at the widest aperture. They are particularly useful in correcting distortion in wide-angle lenses and help contribute to a lighter, more compact design by reducing the number of standard (spherical) elements necessary. Aspherical lens elements correct these distortions by continuously changing the refractive index from the center of the lens.

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    Vibration Reduction

    A Nikon in-lens technology that improves image stability by automatically compensating for camera shake. Lenses that offer VR will feature the abbreviation VR on the lens barrel.

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    ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass

    An optical glass developed by Nikon that is used with normal optical glass in telephoto lenses to obtain optimum correction of chromatic aberrations.

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    IF Lens

    A NIKKOR lens in which only the internal lens group shifts during focusing. Thus, IF NIKKORS do not change in size during AF operation, allowing for compact, lightweight lenses capable of closer focusing distances. These lenses will be designated with the abbreviation IF on the lens barrel.

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    Electromagnetic Diaphragm Mechanism

    An electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism in the lens barrel provides highly accurate electronic diaphragm or aperture blade control when using auto exposure during continuous shooting.

* Based on CIPA Standard; this value is achieved when attached to an APS-C size/DX-format camera with the camera's VR function set to "NORMAL", and when zoom is set to the maximum telephoto position.

LCD, Video and Photo Gallery images are for illustrative purposes only

Tech Specs

  • Focal Length Range

    Focal Length Range

    12 - 28mm
  • Maximum Aperture

    Maximum Aperture

    f/ 3.5
  • Format

  • VR (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization

    VR (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization

  • Approx. Dimensions (Diameter x Length)

    Approx. Dimensions (Diameter x Length)

    2.9 in. (72 mm) x 2.5 in. (63.5 mm)
  • Approx. Weight

    Approx. Weight

    7.3 oz. (205 g)
  • Mount Type
    Nikon Z Mount
  • Focal Length Range
    12 - 28mm
  • Zoom Ratio
  • Maximum Aperture
    f/ 3.5
  • Minimum Aperture
    f/ 16
  • Format
  • Maximum Angle of View (DX-format)
    99° to 53°
  • Maximum Reproduction Ratio
    0.21 x
  • Lens Elements
  • Lens Groups
  • Compatible Format(s)
    FX, DX
  • VR (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization
  • Diaphragm Blades
  • ED Glass Elements
  • Aspherical Elements
  • Autofocus
  • Internal Focusing
  • Minimum Focus Distance
    0.62 ft (0.19 m) at all zoom positions
  • Focus Mode
  • E-type
  • Filter Size
  • Accepts Filter Type
  • Approx. Dimensions (Diameter x Length)
    2.9 in. (72 mm) x 2.5 in. (63.5 mm)
  • Approx. Weight
    7.3 oz. (205 g)
  • Lens Type


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