Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3

Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-50mm f4-6.3

Lens Summary

Brand: Nikon

Also Known As: Nikon Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3

Lens Type: Zoom Lens

Format: Full Frame / FX

Focus: Autofocus

Lens Mount: Nikon F

Release Date: 2020-07-21

MSRP Price: $399

Made in: China

Production Status: In Production

Manufacturer Link: Product Page

Lens Description: Featuring a sleek design and versatile range, the Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3 is a compact standard zoom covering wide-angle to normal focal lengths. Its retractable design helps to achieve the slim form factor that is suitable to walkaround and travel shooting applications. A stepping motor provides quick, quiet, and precise autofocus performance along with full-time manual focus override to suit both stills and video applications. Its optical design incorporates three aspherical elements and a pair of low dispersion elements, which help to control a variety of aberrations for high sharpness and clarity. A Super Integrated Coating is featured, too, to suppress flare and achieve high contrast and color accuracy. Also, the lens sports a programmable control ring that can be set for intuitive adjustment over a variety of camera and exposure settings.

Photography Life Review Summary: The 24-50mm f/4-6.3 isn't a terrible lens, but there are simply other options in Nikon's mirrorless lineup better suited to most tasks. Unless you're sure the 24-50mm f/4-6.3 is the right fit for you, I recommend that most photographers get either the Nikon Z 24-70mm f/4 or Nikon Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 as their first Z-series lens (or the 28mm f/2.8 or 40mm f/2 primes) instead. Read the full Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3 Review by Photography Life.

Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3 Specifications

Lens Specifications
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Lens TypeZoom Lens
Focal Length24-50mm
Mount TypeNikon F
FormatFull Frame / FX
Compatible Format(s)Full Frame / APS-C
Compatible with TeleconvertersNo
Zoom Ratio2x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio0.17x (at 50 mm)
Vibration Reduction (Image Stabilization)No
Aperture Information
Aperture RingNo
Maximim Aperturef/4-6.3
Minimum Aperturef/22-36
Maximum Angle of View (APS-C or smaller format)61°
Minimum Angle of View (APS-C or smaller format)31°30'
Maximum Angle of View (Full frame or larger format)84°
Minimum Angle of View (Full frame or larger format)47°
Optical Information
Lens Elements11
Lens Groups10
Diaphragm Blades7 (Rounded)
Extra-Low Dispersion Glass Elements2
Aspherical Elements3
Super Integrated Coat (SIC)Yes
Focus Information
Built-in Focus MotorYes
Stepper Motor (STM)Yes
Internal FocusingYes
Minimum Focus Distance0.35 m/1.15 ft from focal plane at all zoom positions
Electronic DiaphragmYes
Filter Information
Filter Size52mm
Accepts Filter TypeScrew-on
Physical Characteristics
Weather / Dust SealingNo
Mount MaterialMetal
Dimensions2.89 x 2.01" / 73.5 x 51 mm
Weight6.9 oz / 195 g
Other Information
Available in ColorsBlack
Supplied AccessoriesLC-52B Lens Cap (front cap), LF-N1 Lens Cap (rear cap)

Lens Construction

Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-50mm f4-6.3 Lens Construction

MTF Chart

Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-50mm f4-6.3 MTF Chart


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I’ve been using the Z 24-70mm f/4 zoom for a year; then I tried this Z 24-50mm and my Nikon Z6 turned into an unexpected new camera— so lightweight and comfortable to handle. Framing and zooming never felt so effortless and it’s easier to hold the camera steady when shooting. And although the lens hasn’t image stabilization, I got perfectly usable shots at speeds like 1/8.
However, there’s an obvious downside to it: the maximum apertures are quite small, especially at 45mm (f/6) and at 50mm (f/6.3). I noticed a drop in sharpness at 50mm – f/6.3, while attaining better results at 43mm – f/5.6. Sharpness across the frame was achieved at f/8 at all focal distances. Yet, narrow apertures are not necessarily an issue —I often prefer shooting at f/8 with other lenses.
Briefly, what makes this zoom appealing is the lack of other truly compact options in the context of the full-frame Z system. There are several compact F-mount lenses, but attached to the FTZ adapter their compactness vanishes.
I only wish the Nikkor Z prime lenses could be as small and unobtrusive as this handy zoom.