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Nikon Nikkor Z 16-50mm 50-250mm Hands-On First Look

Nikon has announced two new Nikon DX lenses for the Nikon Z mount, including the DX 16-50mm pancake zoom, and 50-250mm telephoto zoom.

|  Nikon Nikkor Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR in Interchangeable Lenses
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Z16 50 DX 3

The Nikon Z50 has been announced, and as a new APS-C mirrorless camera system, it uses the Nikon Z mount, with Nikon introducing two new DX Z-Mount lenses, the 16-50mm, and the 50-250mm.

Nikon's DX Z-mount lens line-up includes a 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 compacting pancake zoom lens, however, this is not a “power zoom” so you have to manually extend and zoom the lens, rather than controlling it electronically. This lens covers a useful wide-angle 24mm equivalent (in 35mm terms), and zooms to 75mm equivalent (in 35mm terms). It also features the customisable control ring.

Nikon Z Nikkor DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR Key Features:

  • 9 elements in 7 groups
  • 1x ED glass element
  • 4x Aspherical lens elements
  • 0.2m (20cm) minimum focus distance
  • Built-in optical VR, equivalent to 4.5 stops
  • Control ring function assignment
  • 46mm filter thread
  • Weight approx. 135g
  • 70mm x 32mm (retracted)
  • £329 (RRP)


Nikon Nikkor Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR Hands-On Photos of Equipment


There’s also a 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 compacting telephoto zoom lens, which compacts when not in-use. You have to turn the lens to extend it to the 50mm, 75mm equivalent (in 35mm terms), and then can zoom to 250mm, 375mm equivalent (in 35mm terms). These two lenses give you a zoom range from 24mm wide-angle, all the way to 375mm telephoto (equivalent), giving an impressive range straight away.

Nikon Z Nikkor DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR Key Features:

  • 16 elements in 12 groups
  • 1x ED glass element
  • 0.5m (50cm) minimum focus distance
  • Built-in optial VR, equivalent to 5.0 stops
  • Control ring function assignment
  • 62mm filter thread
  • Weight approx. 405g
  • 74mm x 110mm (retracted)
  • £379 RRP


Nikon Nikkor Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR Hands-On Photos of Equipment


You can have a look at the two lenses, and how the retractable lenses operate, in the video below:


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13 Oct 2019 11:16AM
These both look very interesting. If you donít mind the slow maximum aperture at the tele end this pair would make a great travel zoom pair for any Z user and on the Z7 you still finish up with around 20mp in crop mode and both the Z6/7 show a full viewfinder image with DX lenses as does the Z50 of course. Looking forward to the 28 and 40 compact primes too!

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