Similar to its tiny 16-50mm VR brother, the Nikon Z DX 50-250mm VR is another compact and lightweight lens with solid optics, and excellent overall value. While it might not be as sharp as the 16-50mm across its entire focal length range (showing weaknesses at focal lengths above 135mm), it is still quite a versatile little kit zoom lens. It delivers great contrast and colors, and its optical image stabilization is very effective, especially at longer focal lengths.
I had a lot of fun shooting with this lens while traveling in the UAE, Jordan, and Turkey. Taking very little space in my bag, the Nikon Z DX 50-250mm together with the Z DX 16-50mm VR and the Z50 fit nicely into my camera bag with all other equipment, and they were a joy to travel with (unlike my typical heavy full-frame and medium format setup). I was quite happy with the images I was able to obtain from the two-lens Z50 kit, and having a setup that covers everything from 24mm to 375mm (in full-frame equivalent) was very useful in the field.
Overall, the Nikon Z DX 50-250mm VR is a great lens that I have no problem recommending to our readers. While it is not an optical marvel like many of its high-end Nikon Z siblings, it is certainly hard to beat in value, once you factor in its price, weight, and size.
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