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Nikon NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm F3.5-6.3 VR APS-C Lens (2019)

MSRP 300 EURNEX score 75%

Product Overview

Nikon Nikkor Z DX 16-50mm F3.5-6.3 VR is a standard zoom lens for Nikon Z-mount. It covers the APS-C image circle. Introduced by Nikon in 2019, it has 9 elements in 7 groups.
Like most zoom lenses, the Nikon Nikkor Z DX 16-50mm F3.5-6.3 VR is externally-zooming. Unfortunately, Nikon has opted to omit weather sealing for this lens, so owners should pay extra attention when shooting in incremental weathers.
A standard zoom lens with moderate aperture, the Nikon Nikkor Z DX 16-50mm F3.5-6.3 VR is more of a "volume seller" than a premium option. Still, some photographers may find the results "good enough". The lens is also stabilized, making it even easier to use for videos and stills alike.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Excellent wide-angle coverage
  • Optical stabilization
  • 1:5 macro magnification
  • Dust and splash protection
Cons
  • Not as sharp as full-frame Z lenses
  • Omits lens hood

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 75% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent image stabilization
  • Lightweight and compact
  • Dust and splash protection
Cons
  • Dim aperture
  • No stabilization
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Construction

Aperture Blades
7 blades
Colors
Black
Form Factor
Standard Zoom Lens
Image Size
APS-C
Lens Mount
Nikon Z-mount
Motor
Stepper motor
Optical Formula | Elements
9 elements
Optical Formula | Groups
7 groups
Optical Formula | Special Glass
1 ED + 4 aspherical elements, Super Integrating Coating groups

Dimensions

Filter Diameter
46 mm / 1.81 in
Size | Diameter
70 mm / 2.76 in
Size | Length
32 mm / 1.26 in
Weight
135 g / 4.77 oz

Function

Angle Of View
84.1° Diagonal | 73.7° Horizontal | 53.1° Vertical (wide) ~ 32.2° Diagonal | 27.0° Horizontal | 18.2° Vertical (tele)
Aperture
f/3.5–6.3 ~ f/16
Autofocus
Yes
Crop Factor
1.5
Focal Length
16 mm ~ 50 mm
Focal Length (35mm Equivalent)
24.0 mm ~ 75.0 mm
Focus Type
Internal
Image Stabilization
Yes (4.5 stops)
Weather Resistance
No
Zoom Type
External zoom

Performance

Max Magnification
0.2x
Min Focus Distance
200 mm / 7.87 in

Production

Accessory
Lens hood sold separately
Debut
2019-10-10

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

pcmag[1]

Sentiment Score 75%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The Nikkor Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR puts all the emphasis on size, pairing well with the lightweight Z 50. The lens focuses as close as 7.9 inches, netting 1:5 life-size macro magnification. At the midpoint of the zoom, around 35mm, the maximum aperture is f/5.3.
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Pros
  • Lightweight and compact
  • Excellent image stabilization
  • Dust and splash protection
Cons
  • Dim aperture
  • No stabilization

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Nikon Nikkor Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/nikon-nikkor-z-dx-16-50mm-f35-63-vr. 2020-02-14. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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