A relatively basic and sometimes neglected lens in Nikon’s venerable Z-series lens lineup is the Nikon Z 24-50mm f/4-6. 3. Selling for $400 on its own but $300 like a kit with any full-frame Nikon Z camera, this is a budget optic with a slender zoom range and a slow maximum aperture of f/4 to f/6. 3. But despite its underwhelming specifications, some photographers may be considering it as a lightweight kit zoom lens, especially if it lives up to the reputation of the other (almost entirely excellent) Nikon Z lens so far. This review addresses everything you need to know about the Nikon Z 24-50mm f/4-6. 3.
Although the Nikon Z lenses released so far have been very well received, one of the lingering issues is that most of them are fairly expensive. For instance , the Nikon Z 50mm f/1. 8 S costs $600, while its F-mount counterpart (the 50mm f/1. 8G) costs just one-hundred dollar. The Z lens is of course the better optic from the two, but considering how many photographers are operating on a budget, there are only so many $600-1000 lenses they can buy. However, primary kit lens meant to pair with a Z-series camera, the 24-70mm f/4 Nasiums, costs $1000 on its own plus $600 when bundled with a camera.
That is where the Nikon Z 24-50mm f/4-6. 3 comes in.
It lacks a lot of functions found on other Nikon Z . lenses, but it’s just $300 if you buy it like a kit with a Nikon Z . camera. This makes it one of the least expensive ways to get started using the Z system, particularly if a person pair it with the affordable full-frame Nikon Z5 camera. In addition the 24-50mm f/4-6. several weighs only 195 grms / 0. 43 lbs and collapses down to just 5 cm / two inches in length. In these respects, it does exactly what the kit lens should do.
The problem is that the lens’s overall specifications and features aren’t particularly impressive. Right here they are:
Nikon Z 24-50mm f/4-6. a few Specifications
- Mount Type: Nikon Z Attach
- Focal Length: 24mm in order to 50mm zoom (2. 1× zoom)
- Angle of Look at (DX): 61° to 31° 30′
- Angle of See (FX): 84° to 47°
- Maximum Aperture: f/4 on 24mm; f/6. 3 with 45mm and beyond
- Minimum Aperture: f/22 at 24mm; f/36 at 45mm plus beyond
- Aperture Blades: seven, rounded
- Filter Size: 52mm
- Lens Elements: 11
- Zoom lens Groups: 10
- Special Components: 2 ED glass, a few aspherical
- ARNEO Coating: Simply no
- Nano Crystal Coating: Simply no
- Super Integrated Coating: Yes
- Fluorine Coated Front Component: No
- Electronic Diaphragm: Indeed
- Vibration Reduction: Zero
- Internal Focusing: Yes
- Manage Rings: One (generally employed for manual focus)
- Function Buttons: No
- Internal Zooming: Simply no
- Focus Motor: Stepping electric motor
- Minimum Focus Distance: 0. 35 meters (1. 15 feet) at all focal measures
- Maximum Magnification: 0. 17× at 50mm (1: five. 9)
- Mount Material: Plastic
- Weather/Dust Sealing: Yes
- Proportions (Length × Diameter): fifty-one × 74 mm or 2 . 1 × 2 . 9 inches
- Weight: 195 g / 0. 43 lbs
- MSRP: $400, or even $300 if bought as being a kit lens with a digital camera
- Lowest Sale Seen: $400 standalone, $300 as kit (check present standalone price and price as kit with Nikon Z5 )
The auxiliary specifications aren’t too bad, but the headline numbers are concerning: a 2× zoom variety and a maximum aperture of just f/6. 3 on the long end. Those figures wouldn’t be so poor if this lens covered a lot more unusual focal lengths, like a (hypothetical) 12-24mm f/4-6. three or more or 150-300mm f/4-6. a few. But this is a wide-to-normal move. Even the most basic such lenses from any manufacturer are often something like a 24-70mm or 24-85mm – and almost certainly not with a maximum aperture narrower than f/5. 6 in the telephoto end.
One way to look at it is that Nikon was aiming for the absolute minimum weight and size with this lens, and thus made some zoom and aperture compromises to cut things down. And it’s true that this is a lightweight lens: 195 grams compared to the Nikon Z . 24-70mm f/4’s 500 grams and the Nikon Z 24-200mm’s 570 grams.
But it shows up at the expense of functionality. I think a slightly weightier 24-70mm f/4-6. 3 could have been more useful as a kit lens for most photographers. Alternatively, Nikon could have prioritized release of the upcoming, small 28mm f/2. 8 and 40mm f/2 prime lens if minimum weight plus price were the top worries. Instead, we’re left having a lens that has a very slower maximum aperture and a focus range that’s only partially better than a prime in any case.
Here’s the lens construction diagram for your Nikon Z 24-50mm f/4-6. 3:
Even though it is really an entry-level optic, Nikon did include an impressive three aspherical and two extra-low distribution glass elements to help improve image quality. That solely isn’t enough to guarantee a sharp lens, but it shows that Nikon didn’t go with the bare minimum design. Whether those unique elements pay off in picture quality is something we will examine throughout this review.
For now, let us take a closer look at the way the lens is constructed and exactly what handling features it has (or lacks). Click the menu beneath to jump to the next web page of the review, “Build Quality and Handling”:
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