Nikon Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR lens review with samples

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Here’s another of Nikon’s new Z-mount lenses for APS-C cameras. At the moment, the only APS-C Z-mount camera available is the Z50. If you fit this lens onto a full-frame Z-mount camera, it will force you to shoot in a lower resolution, cropped ‘DX’ mode. Let’s see how it performs.

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All sample pictures taken by me on a Nikon Z50 camera.

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46 thoughts on “Nikon Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR lens review with samples”

  1. Been taking portraits with this lens. Had my subject in a field where there were trees in the background about 50 yards behind her. I stood back and zoomed in to about 200mm to close in on her so the distance of the trees behind gave me a beautiful blured background. Do thats one way to get great bokeh when taking portraits.

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  2. Great review Christopher. I'm glad you've decided to look at Nikon now as most other 'reviewers' barely know the difference between reciprocity failure and pushing exposures! Just to clarify, the Z50's sensor is 20.8mp, so a similar pixel density to a 46.8mp full-frame sensor, which I wouldn't say is un-demanding. In fact, Nikon produced this sensor series first seen in the D500 after about 8-years of using a 24mp DX sensor (the highest that was around then), probably reflecting the fact the 21mp is a better balance of detail and diffraction usability [I believe you can get smartphones with 80mp sensors these days, LOL]. Anyway, let's not beat around the bush, the performance of this 50-250 is astonishing for the price and basically achieves similar to Canon L-lenses and Nikon Gold Ring versions from 5 years ago, in a much more handy package. This is due to the use of advanced aspheric elements in the optical formula, and top-level lens coatings. Moreover, the Z50 is a phenomenal performer for virtually all forms of amateur photography and video, again blowing away anything that was around 5 years ago, and I speak as a 30-year Nikon user with plenty of legacy gear. If only Nikon (or Hahnel/Annsmann) could get spare batteries out soon! Only really the field of fast sports / wildlife is beyond it's abilities, where not just fast AF-S tracking and frames rates, but also an optical viewfinder remains essential. Hence, an amateur needs still to buy a D500 for that. I'm looking forward to your findings on other Z and adapted F lenses. I can recommend any 300/2.8 or 200/2 from the last twenty years if you like perfection! But really, if you have a Z50 kit with 16-50 and 50-250, you are far ahead of any historical APS-C set-up, and many full-frame packages.

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  3. It's a shame that the Z50 was so underwhelming and that Nikon isn't pumping out a full DX lens lineup. There's definitely room for an APSC ecosystem with cheap very high quality lenses built on the latest production methods (e.g. without the mediocre older lenses of EF-M, E-APSC, and XF).

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  4. A Nikon lens many regular users will be very happy with, and in fact it can also be used by the slightly more knowledgeable users with great success, and of course a professional user can also get really good pictures with this little winner!

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  5. If you want to use it for macro photo by getting as close to the object as possible use around 160 mm of focal length (not the full 250 mm). At this focal length the object will be the biggest on the picture taken. If you use the Nikkor DX 16-50 mm lens instead use around 34 mm of focal length (not the full 50 mm) to get the object the largest on the photo.

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  6. Hi Christopher. Thanks for the review. One thing no one is taking about is that this lens is Parfocal. Can you verify this. It's pretty amazing for a kit lens to be Parfocal.

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  7. First I was not really on fire when Nikon lined up their Z50 with both kitlenses. I was looking for the Z6, but now with this 2 great little lenses I have an awesome kit for traveling and have it already ready for quick shots… For full frame Look the Sigma 18-35mm f1. 8 is a perfect complement – specially the AF shows now great performance. I am using the Sigma also for Astrophotography – great Job Nikon! But for next time I wish the opportunity for wireless remotes and an fully articulating flip screen!!

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  8. The EOS-M was selling like hot cakes when there were only 22mm f/2.0 pancake, 11-22mm and 55-200mm, all great sharp and reasonably priced lenses, I wish the Z50 would have done the same as a starting point.

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  9. It might sound like nitpicking but the Z50's sensor resolution rounds to 21 mp. And its horizontal resolution is just 8% less than a 24 mp sensor or 12% less than a 26 mp sensor. Such differences are indistinguishable by the human eye.

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  10. Nikon Z holy trinity is current pinnacle of full frame leader optically. Just look at 24-70f2.8 and 70-200f2.8, leagues above whatever Sony has to offer. That was based on test units sent by Sony to reviewers. Reality is even worse. GM zoom lenses are made in China, inconsistent quality control, non existence quality assurance, you get lens lotto at its best. Nikon is much more reliable and consistent.

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  11. I was surprised to see samples of this and tiny pancake kit lens on z50. They looked like taken with a prime lens.

    I must say sharpness wise its as consistent as good 24-70 f2.8 lenses on ff camera. And that flare resistance. Nikon has done some magic here.

    Although rendering quality does look like a kit lens. Not beautiful and breathtaking as some premium glass. I wish nikon make a z version of 16-80 with this sharpness. That lens has amazung character to its images.

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  12. Another great Z Mount review! Thank you for taking a look at these new lenses. Would you consider wading into more theoretical comments on the optics? For example, I noticed a marked lack of color fringing on the test chart. Why is this?

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