The new Nikkor Z 28mm f/2.8 lens (non-SE) and Nikon FTZ II adapter are now shipping

The new Nikkor Z 28mm f/2.8 lens (non-SE) and Nikon FTZ II adapter are now shipping in the US and other countries even to non-NPS members. Check availability and pricing:

Nikkor Z 28mm f/2.8 lens Nikon FTZ II adapter

Next are a few Nikon FTZ II remarks and first impressions with some unboxing pictures sent in by a reader:

  • FTZ II requires an up-to-date version of camera firmware! I connected FTZ II to Z6 II with firmware 1.2 – and the camera displayed a very idiotic error message “FTZ mount adapter firmware version not supported. Upgrade FTZ firmware.” But this error message is very misleading – an upgrade of FTZ II firmware will not help. In fact, there is no newer firmware than the one build-in. The problem is in the camera firmware that needs to be upgraded (in this case to 1.3).
  • FTZ has firmware 1.1 while FTZ II has 1.0 version. So very likely firmware version numbers will not be the same for FTZ and FTZ II. I do not understand why Nikon creates such confusion among its users.
  • My sample of FTZ II is made in China (my sample of FTZ is made in Thailand)
  • Cameras with FTZ II and F lens fit much better to my hand than with FTZ. I am sure I will buy a second FTZ II, because I really like it. Unless you really need a tripod mount on the adapter, it seems a much better option than FTZ. In my eyes tripod mounts on the adapter does not make much sense – for smaller lenses, you do not need a tripod mount, for big and heavy lenses, you should not use tripod mount on the adapter but on the lens (remember – FTZ tripod mount is limited for lens weight 1300g = 2 lb 13.9 oz – which is not enough even for widely used 70-200/2.8 or 80-400mm lenses).

The last picture is with the rare Nikon 45mm f/2.8 P pancake lens – probably the smallest F-mount lens (pictures credit: Martin Beran).

The next two pitruesa are of the Nikkor Z 28mm f/2.8 non-SE lens (credit: Nikon Plaza Japan):

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