Nikkor 28mm 2.8 Z - Wedding photography
As is the case with any wedding photographer, winter is the time to change.
The season of wedding photography in Scotland and Glasgow ends at the end of December. Of course, there are single weddings or photo sessions, but not as many as from April to November.
Therefore, January and February is the time to draw conclusions from the previous season and introduce changes, mainly hardware. What worked and what didn't? What could be changed in the work system and photographic equipment?
That is why today I will tell you why I am getting rid of some photographic equipment and I chose the Nikkor 28mm f2.8 for my Nikon Z6 II.
Time for changes
ast season I worked on two bodysuits. Nikon D750 and Nikon Z6II. My main lenses that I used in 80% were the Sigma art 50mm 1.4 and the Tamron 35mm 1.4
As of today, I decided that I will not move my Nikon D750 reflex camera and the combination with the Sigma is ok. So far I thought about my Nikon Z6II, ftz adapter and 35mm Tamron, which in terms of size resembles Sigma art. Throughout the 2021 season, I was happy with this set until I went to Way up North in Copenhagen (destiantion wedding photographer conference).
The first meeting with the Nikkor 28mm 2.8 Z in Copenhagen
It was in Copenhagen that I had the pleasure of meeting Nikon representatives and testing new lenses. I was proposed to test the Nikkor 28mm 2.8 Z.
At first I thought it was a toy, a small plastic lens, but I changed my mind very quickly when the lens was attached to the Nikon Z6 II camera, which is exactly the same that it works on in Scotland. It was only then that I began to realize how much I was struggling with my Nikon Z6II, the huge Tamron lens and the ftz adapter.
The Nikon Z6 II in combination with the 28mm Z lens gave me a small, light set, with which when shooting a wedding for about 12 hours I would not feel as tired as with a 1.4 kg set.
I decided to test this small set in Copenhagen with a Nikon representative.
Small, Fast AF and very sharp
Only this lens showed me the potential of my camera. At what speed the AF works, how sharp this lens can be combined with the Z6II and how high ISO I can work and the fact that the 28mm focal length will be much better for wedding reportage than 35mm. And the price of £ 250 for a report lens is not high.
Coming back to Glasgow I was sure it was time for a change and it did!
My adventure with the Nikkor 28mm 2.8 Z
A few days ago, I became a happy owner of the Nikkor 28mm 2.8 Z and decided to test it calmly. Unfortunately, I don't have any wedding at the moment, so I couldn't test it at the wedding, but fortunately I have the pleasure of working with BooCraft based in Glasgow, a company that creates handmade wedding decorations, which designs dream catchers all over Scotland.
When photographing the scenery, I decided to photograph in daylight and in the evening with artificial lighting to be able to work at high ISO.
Conclusions? I'm very happy. At ISO 8000, the noise is almost invisible and the image quality is fantastic.
The Nikkor 28mm 2.8 Z as a native lens for the Nikon Z6II allowed me to look at the photos from a different angle. After a while, I find that I am tired of carrying a heavy camera with a huge lens, a set that weighs around 1.4kg. In the future, I am considering switching entirely to the Z system. I think that soon I will be the happy owner of another Nikon Z6 II and Z-series lenses such as 50mm and 85mm.
I would like to add that the Nikon Z6 II set with Nikkor 28mm 2.8 Z is a great set that you can safely take on vacation, small, light and fast.
I definitely recommend it