Nikon Z 26mm f/2.8 Sample Images

I’ve been out shooting with the small, compact Nikon Z 26mm f/2.8 lens. Here are some photos I’ve taken with it.

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Nikon has developed several small, light, and relatively inexpensive prime lenses for their mirrorless Z cameras. I’ve been shooting with several of them.

I’ve previously posted some sample images and a review of the 28mm ƒ/2.8, which shares similarities with this lens but isn’t quite as wide, isn’t quite as small, and is significantly cheaper.

Nikon Z 26mm f2.8 lens and Nikon Z 28mm f2.8. Photo by David Coleman - havecamerawilltravel.com
On the left is the Nikon Z 26mm ƒ/2.8. On the right is the Nikon Z 28mm ƒ/2.8.

But the lens I’m focusing on here is the smallest of them, the 26mm ƒ/2.8. It’s a tiny, take-anywhere pancake lens. It’s priced at around $500 and designed for Nikon’s full-frame Z mirrorless cameras (it will also work on DX Z cameras, with an equivalent focal length of around 39mm).

Nikon Z f camera and Nikon Z 26mm f2.8 lens. Photo by David Coleman - havecamerawilltravel.com
Fitted here on a Nikon Zf, the 26mm ƒ/2.8 is an exceptionally low profile and portable lens, ideally suited to street and travel photography.

I’ve posted a detailed hands-on review of the Nikon Z 26mm ƒ/2.8 separately. The purpose of this post is to share some sample images that I’ve taken with it.

These were shot on a Nikon Zf and a Nikon Z8. Those cameras both have basic corrections for issues like lens distortion and vignetting in-camera, and I’ve left those settings on their default ON positions.

Nikon Z 26mm Sample Photos

You can click on each image for a full-size version for a closer look. The purpose here is to include a range of scenes under different conditions that might show up strengths and weaknesses of the lens visually.

Many of these were shot wide open, in part because that’s how I often shoot, and in part because if I’m using a fast lens, I want to take maximum advantage of that.

And, as you can see, I’ve been shooting a combination of color and black and white with it (the Nikon Zf is especially well suited to shooting black and white).

Fulton Street Subway Station. Photo by David Coleman - havecamerawilltravel.com
Taken with a Nikon Z8 with a Nikon Z NIKKOR 26mm f/2.8 lens at 26mm with an aperture of ƒ/6.3, shutter speed of 1/30 sec, and at ISO 360. A new section of the Fulton Street subway station in Lower Manhattan. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
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Taken with a Nikon Zf with a Nikon Z NIKKOR 26mm f/2.8 lens at 26mm with an aperture of ƒ/3.2, shutter speed of 1/30 sec, and at ISO 2000. The Kennedy Center, Washington DC. It’s not always lit up like this. The colors are for the Kennedy Center Honors. You’ll often see the Kennedy Center lights from the Arlington side of the river and reflected in the Potomac, but in this case, the reflection is simply a puddle of water after recent rain. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
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Taken with a Nikon Zf with a Nikon Z NIKKOR 26mm f/2.8 lens at 26mm with an aperture of ƒ/2.8, shutter speed of 1/30 sec, and at ISO 280. This is a scene I often test lenses with. Some lenses have trouble separating the distinct light sources and suffer from chromatic aberration. No issues here, though (note: the Zf’s default chromatic aberration setting is on here). Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Nikon Z 26mm f2.8 Sample Image. Photo by David Coleman - havecamerawilltravel.com
Taken with a Nikon Z8 with a Nikon Z NIKKOR 26mm f/2.8 lens at 26mm with an aperture of ƒ/4.0, shutter speed of 1/30 sec, and at ISO 280. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
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Taken with a Nikon Zf with a Nikon Z NIKKOR 26mm f/2.8 lens at 26mm with an aperture of ƒ/9.0, shutter speed of 1/160 sec, and at ISO 100. The Washington Monument in Washington DC. The flags were at half-mast, presumably to mark the death of former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
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Taken with a Nikon Zf with a Nikon Z NIKKOR 26mm f/2.8 lens at 26mm with an aperture of ƒ/2.8, shutter speed of 1/30 sec, and at ISO 360. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
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Taken with a Nikon Zf with a Nikon Z NIKKOR 26mm f/2.8 lens at 26mm with an aperture of ƒ/2.8, shutter speed of 1/200 sec, and at ISO 100. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
The Oculus New York. Photo by David Coleman - havecamerawilltravel.com
Taken with a Nikon Z8 with a Nikon Z NIKKOR 26mm f/2.8 lens at 26mm with an aperture of ƒ/2.8, shutter speed of 1/80 sec, and at ISO 64. The towering ceiling of the Oculus in New York. I also used this lens for a series of stitched panorama shots in here, and it worked well for that. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
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Taken with a Nikon Zf with a Nikon Z NIKKOR 26mm f/2.8 lens at 26mm with an aperture of ƒ/2.8, shutter speed of 1/30 sec, and at ISO 800. This was hand-held. The combination of a relatively fast aperture, the wide angle perspective, and the camera’s low-light performance make low-light hand-held photography very manageable (even in the cold!). Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Nikon Z 26mm f2.8 Sample Image. Photo by David Coleman - havecamerawilltravel.com
Taken with a Nikon Z8 with a Nikon Z NIKKOR 26mm f/2.8 lens at 26mm with an aperture of ƒ/4.0, shutter speed of 1/30 sec, and at ISO 280. The indistinct light source isn’t flaring in this case–it’s from the heavy mist on a cold, rainy evening. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
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Taken with a Nikon Zf with a Nikon Z NIKKOR 26mm f/2.8 lens at 26mm with an aperture of ƒ/8.0, shutter speed of 1/160 sec, and at ISO 100. The Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington DC. The right half is a polished black granite wall, which is reflecting the scene on the left of the frame. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Grand Central Station New York. Photo by David Coleman - havecamerawilltravel.com
Taken with a Nikon Z8 with a Nikon Z NIKKOR 26mm f/2.8 lens at 26mm with an aperture of ƒ/2.8, shutter speed of 1/30 sec, and at ISO 140. Pershing Square Plaza outside the entrance to Grand Central Station in New York. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Nikon Z 26mm f2.8 Sample Image. Photo by David Coleman - havecamerawilltravel.com
Taken with a Nikon Z8 with a Nikon Z NIKKOR 26mm f/2.8 lens at 26mm with an aperture of ƒ/2.8, shutter speed of 1/320 sec, and at ISO 64. The aspherical elements are hard at work in this photo keeping lines straight. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
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Taken with a Nikon Zf with a Nikon Z NIKKOR 26mm f/2.8 lens at 26mm with an aperture of ƒ/2.8, shutter speed of 1/30 sec, and at ISO 4500. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Nikon Z 26mm f2.8 Sample Image. Photo by David Coleman - havecamerawilltravel.com
Taken with a Nikon Z8 with a Nikon Z NIKKOR 26mm f/2.8 lens at 26mm with an aperture of ƒ/2.8, shutter speed of 1/30 sec, and at ISO 180. This isn’t a macro lens, but it does focus quite close. In this case, these are Christmas window displays at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York. I quite like the bokeh of the Christmas tree lights. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
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Taken with a Nikon Zf with a Nikon Z NIKKOR 26mm f/2.8 lens at 26mm with an aperture of ƒ/2.8, shutter speed of 1/30 sec, and at ISO 6400. The famous Exorcist steps in Georgetown in Washington DC. It’s quite a dimly lit area at night and about as creepy looking as you can get. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
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Taken with a Nikon Zf with a Nikon Z NIKKOR 26mm f/2.8 lens at 26mm with an aperture of ƒ/2.8, shutter speed of 1/1000 sec, and at ISO 100. Shadows on the Washington Monument from the nearby ring of flags just before the sun dipped below the horizon. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
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Taken with a Nikon Zf with a Nikon Z NIKKOR 26mm f/2.8 lens at 26mm with an aperture of ƒ/2.8, shutter speed of 1/30 sec, and at ISO 12800. This is looking up with an unusual angle of a large steel and light sculpture in Arlington, VA. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
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Taken with a Nikon Zf with a Nikon Z NIKKOR 26mm f/2.8 lens at 26mm with an aperture of ƒ/2.8, shutter speed of 1/640 sec, and at ISO 16000. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Nikon Z 26mm f2.8 Sample Image. Photo by David Coleman - havecamerawilltravel.com
Taken with a Nikon Z8 with a Nikon Z NIKKOR 26mm f/2.8 lens at 26mm with an aperture of ƒ/2.8, shutter speed of 1/30 sec, and at ISO 200. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
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Taken with a Nikon Zf with a Nikon Z NIKKOR 26mm f/2.8 lens at 26mm with an aperture of ƒ/2.8, shutter speed of 1/30 sec, and at ISO 360. Inside the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington DC. The small lens doesn’t attract the wrong kind of attention when shooting inside places where tripods or “professional cameras” aren’t allowed. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
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Taken with a Nikon Zf with a Nikon Z NIKKOR 26mm f/2.8 lens at 26mm with an aperture of ƒ/2.8, shutter speed of 1/40 sec, and at ISO 100. This mural is on the side of a building in Georgetown, Washington DC. The building had housed a beer hall called Berliner, but it’s currently undergoing major renovations and closed off. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
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Taken with a Nikon Zf with a Nikon Z NIKKOR 26mm f/2.8 lens at 26mm with an aperture of ƒ/2.8, shutter speed of 1/30 sec, and at ISO 1000. I was on my way out when this school group turned up at the MLK Memorial and grouped near the illuminated wall. I only had to stop for a moment to capture this, and there was nothing planned about it. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
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Taken with a Nikon Z8 with a Nikon Z NIKKOR 26mm f/2.8 lens at 26mm with an aperture of ƒ/2.8, shutter speed of 1/320 sec, and at ISO 64. Times Square in New York. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
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Taken with a Nikon Zf with a Nikon Z NIKKOR 26mm f/2.8 lens at 26mm with an aperture of ƒ/2.8, shutter speed of 1/30 sec, and at ISO 2500. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Nikon Z 26mm f2.8 Sample Image. Photo by David Coleman - havecamerawilltravel.com
Taken with a Nikon Z8 with a Nikon Z NIKKOR 26mm f/2.8 lens at 26mm with an aperture of ƒ/2.8, shutter speed of 1/30 sec, and at ISO 1000. The wide-angle works quite well here for the interior of the main hall of Grand Central Station in New York. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
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Taken with a Nikon Zf with a Nikon Z NIKKOR 26mm f/2.8 lens at 26mm with an aperture of ƒ/2.8, shutter speed of 1/30 sec, and at ISO 1250. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
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Taken with a Nikon Zf with a Nikon Z NIKKOR 26mm f/2.8 lens at 26mm with an aperture of ƒ/2.8, shutter speed of 1/30 sec, and at ISO 3200. Looking up in the Jefferson Memorial in Washington DC. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
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Taken with a Nikon Zf with a Nikon Z NIKKOR 26mm f/2.8 lens at 26mm with an aperture of ƒ/3.2, shutter speed of 1/30 sec, and at ISO 800. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
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Taken with a Nikon Zf with a Nikon Z NIKKOR 26mm f/2.8 lens at 26mm with an aperture of ƒ/2.8, shutter speed of 1/30 sec, and at ISO 450. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
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Taken with a Nikon Zf with a Nikon Z NIKKOR 26mm f/2.8 lens at 26mm with an aperture of ƒ/2.8, shutter speed of 1/30 sec, and at ISO 200. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
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Taken with a Nikon Zf with a Nikon Z NIKKOR 26mm f/2.8 lens at 26mm with an aperture of ƒ/2.8, shutter speed of 1/50 sec, and at ISO 100. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
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Taken with a Nikon Z8 with a Nikon Z NIKKOR 26mm f/2.8 lens at 26mm with an aperture of ƒ/2.8, shutter speed of 1/30 sec, and at ISO 2500. Again, not a macro, but still works quite well for close shots, which can come in handy as a travel or street lens. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
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Taken with a Nikon Z8 with a Nikon Z NIKKOR 26mm f/2.8 lens at 26mm with an aperture of ƒ/2.8, shutter speed of 1/13 sec, and at ISO 1250. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Nikon Z 26mm f2.8 Sample Image. Photo by David Coleman - havecamerawilltravel.com
Taken with a Nikon Z8 with a Nikon Z NIKKOR 26mm f/2.8 lens at 26mm with an aperture of ƒ/2.8, shutter speed of 1/30 sec, and at ISO 1600. The indistinct light source isn’t flaring in this case–it’s from the heavy mist on a cold, rainy evening. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
The Oculus New York. Photo by David Coleman - havecamerawilltravel.com
Taken with a Nikon Z8 with a Nikon Z NIKKOR 26mm f/2.8 lens at 26mm with an aperture of ƒ/4.0, shutter speed of 1/30 sec, and at ISO 280. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
. Photo by David Coleman - havecamerawilltravel.com
Taken with a Nikon Z8 with a Nikon Z NIKKOR 26mm f/2.8 lens at 26mm with an aperture of ƒ/2.8, shutter speed of 1/30 sec, and at ISO 200. This isn’t a macro lens, but it does focus quite close. In this case, these are Christmas window displays at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York. They recreate nearby New York scenes. I quite like the bokeh of the mini Rockefeller Christmas tree lights. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
. Photo by David Coleman - havecamerawilltravel.com
Taken with a Nikon Z8 with a Nikon Z NIKKOR 26mm f/2.8 lens at 26mm with an aperture of ƒ/2.8, shutter speed of 1/30 sec, and at ISO 450. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
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Taken with a Nikon Z8 with a Nikon Z NIKKOR 26mm f/2.8 lens at 26mm with an aperture of ƒ/2.8, shutter speed of 1/60 sec, and at ISO 64. This isn’t a macro lens, but it does focus quite close. In this case, these are Christmas window displays at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York. They recreate nearby New York scenes. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
. Photo by David Coleman - havecamerawilltravel.com
Taken with a Nikon Zf with a Nikon Z NIKKOR 26mm f/2.8 lens at 26mm with an aperture of ƒ/2.8, shutter speed of 1/1250 sec, and at ISO 100. Washington Monument on the National Mall in Washington DC. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Grand Central Station New York. Photo by David Coleman - havecamerawilltravel.com
Taken with a Nikon Z8 with a Nikon Z NIKKOR 26mm f/2.8 lens at 26mm with an aperture of ƒ/2.8, shutter speed of 1/30 sec, and at ISO 400. I’ve straightened this a little, becauwe I took it off-kilter, but I haven’t applied any distortion correction. And, as you can see, the lines are already nice and straight. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Nikon Z 26mm f2.8 bokeh. Photo by David Coleman - havecamerawilltravel.com
With a wide-angle lens like this, bokeh often figures less prominently simply because of the optics of the focal length. But if you focus in close, you can still get bokeh. Which is what I’ve done here, with a bunch of specular highlights in the background. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
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Taken with a Nikon Z8 with a Nikon Z NIKKOR 26mm f/2.8 lens at 26mm with an aperture of ƒ/7.1, shutter speed of 1/30 sec, and at ISO 250. Times Square in New York. The reflection is off a food truck with a polished steel exterior. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
DCA Washington DC. Photo by David Coleman - havecamerawilltravel.com
Taken with a Nikon Z8 with a Nikon Z NIKKOR 26mm f/2.8 lens at 26mm with an aperture of ƒ/2.8, shutter speed of 1/1250 sec, and at ISO 100. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
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Taken with a Nikon Z8 with a Nikon Z NIKKOR 26mm f/2.8 lens at 26mm with an aperture of ƒ/2.8, shutter speed of 1/60 sec, and at ISO 12800. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
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Taken with a Nikon Z8 with a Nikon Z NIKKOR 26mm f/2.8 lens at 26mm with an aperture of ƒ/2.8, shutter speed of 1/60 sec, and at ISO 1250. Another example of shooting at close quarters even though it’s not a macro lens. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
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Taken with a Nikon Zf with a Nikon Z NIKKOR 26mm f/2.8 lens at 26mm with an aperture of ƒ/2.8, shutter speed of 1/30 sec, and at ISO 4500. Jefferson Memorial in Washington DC. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Nikon Z 26mm f2.8 Sample Image. Photo by David Coleman - havecamerawilltravel.com
Taken with a Nikon Z8 with a Nikon Z NIKKOR 26mm f/2.8 lens at 26mm with an aperture of ƒ/2.8, shutter speed of 1/60 sec, and at ISO 22800. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel

Nikon Z 26mm ƒ/2.8 Price & Availability

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