Nikon Z 24-200mm Lens Review & Comparison with 24-120 VR Nikkor

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I recently purchased the Nikon Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR zoom Nikkor lens to use as an all-purpose & travel lens on my Nikon Z mirrorless cameras.
The Nikon 24-200mm is a compact zoom lens that uses a 67mm front filter. It comes with front & rear caps, and a reversible bayonet-mount lens hood. The 24-200mm lens is extremely comfortable to hand-hold, and is much smaller and lighter than both the 24-120mm f/4 and 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 F-mount lenses.

The 24-200mm f/4-6.3 Z Nikkor performs very well optically. There is some softness in the corners at 24mm & wide-open, but it’s a very good performer across the zoom range, and is as good or better than the 24-120mm zoom at all of the focal lengths I tested. Moreover, autofocus is fast and nearly silent; much faster than the 24-120/4.

You can read my full review here: https://bit.ly/nikon24-200review

Please note: the earlier version of this video contained an incorrect clip. This video replaces it.

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10 thoughts on “Nikon Z 24-200mm Lens Review & Comparison with 24-120 VR Nikkor”

  1. Nice review. As a landscape photographer this seems like a great lens that costs a heck of a lot less than a 24-70 and 70-200 combined with the bonus of not needing to switch out lenses in the field which I always hate.

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  2. Good comparison, thanks for the video. I had a D610 then D750 with the 24-120 and I loved the combo but I was always slightly wary about using it at 120mm as it wasn't always that sharp. I switched to an Olympus EM-1 mk2 with the 12-100 F4 lens last year and it's an incredible combo – the stabilisation and sharpness are superb-however the IQ from Micro 4/3rds just won't cut it for what I want from my landscapes unfortunately. So I'm thinking of switching back to a Z7 and 24-200 and I think I won't need any other lenses – this combo will be perfect for hiking and pretty much everything except astro (even that will be possible though) and it'll be about the same size and weight as the Olympus kit. Now if only the Z7 had a fully articulating screen I'd be really happy but you can't have everything I suppose.

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  3. I pre-ordered the 24-200 as soon as it was available for pre-order in February. I cancelled that pre-order last week, and I have no plans to purchase it when it does become available . Ive had the 24-120 f4 for two years now, and based on experience, this comparison, and other comparisons I have seen (notably Ricci's comparision) I just see no reason to replace it with the 24-200. Your test shots in this comparison are all full sun perfect conditions of still objects. No portraits of people or animals, less than perfect lighting conditions, and so forth. This is not putting a lens through its paces. I will agree that the 24-120 f4 is not the sharpest lens that Nikon has ever produced. But overall the 24-120 f4 is pretty fantastic for what it is, and easily better than the 24-200. I will wait for the Z 24-105 f4 instead.

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