The Nikon Z 24-200mm f4.0-6.Three VR is the primary super-zoom designed for Nikon’s mirrorless cameras with Z-mount and corrected for full-frame sensors. Introduced in February 2020, there’s no actual predecessor in Nikon’s F-mount line-up to the brand new Z-mount lens: Nikon has the AF-S 24-120mm f4.0G ED VR and the AF-S 28-300mm f3.5-5.6G ED VR for his or her full-frame DSLR cameras. However for those who’re coming from a Nikon DX digital camera and appreciated the zoom-range of their AF-S DX 18-140mm 3.5-5.6G ED VR the brand new Z 24-200mm f4.0-6.Three VR covers an identical vary on a Nikon full-frame Z digital camera with an Eight diploma wider view on the quick finish. Along with the not but out there Z 70-200mm f2.Eight VR S it’s additionally the primary full-frame Z Nikkor to achieve past 85mm focal size and to have an optical picture stabilization. This makes the brand new 24-200mm lens additionally nicely suited to Nikon’s mirrorless cameras which wouldn’t have sensor-based picture stabilization just like the Z50.
Bodily, the Z 24-200mm f4.0-6.Three VR is a really small and light-weight lens making it a perfect journey companion. Even in comparison with the diminutive Z 24-70mm f4.Zero S it’s only 73g heavier and 6mm longer – at 24mm focal size. Mixed with a most magnification of 1:3.6 at a minimal object distance of 0.7m the lens appears like an actual all-rounder – competing with the Z 24-70mm f4.Zero S for greatest journey zoom. Complementing the brand new zoom lens with Nikon’s Z 14-30mm f4.Zero S to cowl the very large finish makes for a light-weight combo of just one.1kg (2.Four lb.) masking a 14x zoom vary.
However the Z 24-200mm f4.0-6.Three VR can also be the primary full-frame Z-Nikkor with out the “S” in its title signaling that its optical efficiency will not be fairly up there with Nikon’s “S” lenses. In my overview of this lens I’ll have a really shut have a look at how good (or unhealthy) Nikon’s new zoom lens actually is. So for those who’re interested by how Nikon’s first super-zoom for his or her Z system performs, you’ve come to the proper place! PS – for those who’re within the different Z lenses talked about above try my in-depth Nikon Z 14-30mm f4.Zero S overview and Nikon Z 24-70mm f4.Zero S overview.
Information from the catalog
Let’s evaluate the brand new Nikon Z 24-200mm f4.0-6.Three VR (“Z 24-200mm” for brief) to Tamron’s 28-200mm f2.8-5.6 Di III (“Tamron”) and Nikon’s Z 24-70mm f4.Zero S. The Tamron could appear to be an odd selection on this comparability as it’s at the moment solely out there for Sony E-mount. However Tamron has introduced that they’ll have Z- and RF-mount variations of their lenses sooner or later. As standard I’ve rated the options with a [+] (or [++]), when it’s higher than common and even cutting-edge, a  if it’s customary or simply common, and [-] if there’s an obstacle.
Measurement (diameter x size): At 77 x 114mm (3.Zero x 4.5in.) the brand new Z-Nikkor is a fairly slim and quick lens. The lens-hood provides 38mm and has a diameter of 97mm. The Tamron is 74 x 117mm (2.9 x 4.6in.) + 28mm lens hood. The Z 24-70mm f4.Zero S is 78 x 108mm (3.1 x 4.3in.) + 41mm lens hood at 24mm focal size. When not in use the Z 24-70mm f4.Zero S will be collapsed to shave 20mm off its size. All three lenses have a double barrel design and lengthen when zoomed to their longest focal size: The Z 24-200mm to 215mm, the Tamron to 201mm, the Z 24-70mm f4.Zero S to 179mm (with lens hood hooked up). [+]
Weight: at 565g (19.9 oz.) plus 22g for the lens hood the Z 24-200mm is fairly light-weight. The Tamron is 558g (19.7 oz.) + 25g lens hood, the Z 24-70mm f4.Zero S is 497g (17.5 oz.) + 28g lens hood. [+]
Optics: The Z 24-200mm has 19 parts in 15 teams together with 2 particular dispersion parts and three aspherical parts and employs Nikon’s newest ARNEO coating. The Tamron is of a equally advanced development. The Z 24-70mm f4.Zero S is a less complicated design with 14 parts in 11 teams. [+]
Focal ratio: The Z 24-200mm begins at f4.Zero on the quick finish, identical because the Z 24-70mm f4.Zero S however one cease slower than the Tamron. The Z 24-200mm achieves its slowest focal ratio of f6.Three already at 80mm focal size whereas the Tamron continues to be one cease brighter at 80mm and slows right down to f5.6 from 150mm onward. [-]
Protection: the 8.3x zoom-range of the Z 24-200mm has the higher hand right here over the 7.1x protection of the Tamron. This provides the Z 24-200mm a 9 levels wider angle of view on the quick finish (84 levels vs. 75 levels) over the Tamron. The Z 24-70mm f4.Zero S naturally is not any match for the zooms reaching 200mm focal size. [+]
Closest focus distance of the Z 24-200mm is 0.38m (1.2ft.) at 24mm focal size with a magnification of 1:11.Four and a working distance of 0.25m (9.8in.). At 200mm focal size most magnification with handbook focus is 1:3.Four which is kind of good and ends in a working distance of 0.49m (1.6ft.). Minimal object distance of the Tamron is 0.19m (0.6ft.) with a magnification of 1:3.Zero and a working distance of solely 5 cm (2in.) at 28mm focal size. At 200mm focal size most magnification is 1:3.5 at a way more usable working distance of round 0.57m (1.9ft.). The Z 24-70mm f4.Zero S achieves a most magnification of 1:3.1 at 70mm focal size with 14cm (5.5in.) working distance. [+]
Filter-thread: The Z 24-200mm and the Tamron have a 67mm filter-thread. The Z 24-70mm f4.Zero S takes 72mm filters. [+]
Picture stabilization: The Z 24-200mm provides optical stabilization (VR) which works together with the body-based stabilization on Nikon’s full-frame Z cameras to realize a claimed 4.5 stops of stabilization over 5 axes. The Tamron and Nikon’s Z 24-70mm f4.Zero S don’t supply optical stabilization. Each lenses solely depend on the sensor-based picture stabilization of mirrorless cameras. [+]
Auto focus: The brand new Z 24-200mm comes with built-in AF drive. Handbook-focus override is by merely turning the management ring behind the lens – for those who didn’t assign one other operation to this multi-function ring. The ring has a variable gearing (like Nikon’s different AF Z-Nikkors) which permits for very exact handbook focus when turned slowly however can’t be switched to linear gearing. Which makes clean focus pulling for videographers nearly unimaginable. Similar for the Tamron besides that the main focus ring does simply that: focusing. [+]
All three lenses on this comparability cowl full body sensors or can equally be used on a cropped APS-C/DX digital camera physique: the Z 24-200mm on a Z50 is equal to a 36-300mm zoom lens on a full-frame digital camera physique. [+]
Worth: The Z 24-200mm has a really helpful retail value of 974 EUR (incl. 16% VAT) / 897 USD / 849 GBP. The Tamron 28-200mm f2.8-5.6 Di III is 847 EUR / 729 USD / 799 GBP, the Nikon Z 24-70mm f4.Zero S at the moment goes for 850 EUR / 1000 USD / 750 GBP. So the brand new Z 24-200mm appears competitively priced. 
The Z 24-200mm comes with a flimsy pouch with out strings to tug it closed and the lens hood is included, reversible for transport. Similar for the Z 24-70mm f4.Zero S. The Tamron comes with out pouch. 
Aperture ring and different management parts: the multi-function management ring of a Z-Nikkor will be assigned to function the aperture, publicity compensation, ISO or focus. It routinely falls again to its customary focus management when the digital camera is switched to handbook focus. Though the lens management ring has not the identical profit as having a spotlight ring plus a devoted aperture ring on the lens it offers you extra flexibility to manage one of many extra essential taking pictures parameters straight from a pleasant ring on the lens. The Tamron’s secondary ring is for handbook focus solely. The Z 24-200mm and the Tamron have a change to lock the zoom at its shortest focal size however no different switches. Solely the Z 24-70mm f4.Zero S has an AF/MF change. [+]
Sealing: each Z-Nikkors have a rubber grommet on the lens-mount plus additional particular weather-sealing all through the development, similar to the Tamron. Each the Z-Nikkor and the Tamron even have fluorine-coating on the entrance aspect to repel water, mud, and filth and make cleansing simpler. [+]
The rating within the “features-department” is 1[-]/2/11[+] which makes the brand new Nikon Z 24-200mm f4.0-6.Three VR a nicely geared up lens. On the plus aspect is its small measurement and low weight plus a really helpful magnification in close-up taking pictures at an honest working distance. Its optical picture stabilization ought to show useful when taking pictures at longer focal lengths. It additionally provides the nifty function of the multi-purpose management ring and is sealed nicely towards the weather. Its solely disadvantage is the lowly focal ratio. Tamron has proven that you may design a lightweight and compact all-in-one zoom with extra light-gathering energy.
4 zoom lenses
Presently there’s no different for the Z 24-200mm zoom out there in Nikon’s Z-mount. So you must both make do with a shorter focal vary or use F-mount lenses through adapter including to the dimensions and weight of the combo.
- Nikon has the Z 24-70mm f4.Zero S which prices 850 EUR / 1000 USD / 750 GBP. The lens has a a lot shorter attain at solely 70mm however provides a continuing f4.Zero focal ratio and is a little bit smaller and 80g lighter than the brand new Z 24-200mm. For extra info see my Nikon Z 24-70mm f4.Zero S overview.
- Nikon additionally has the AF-S 28-300mm f3.5-5.6G ED VR from 2010 which is a DSLR design with F-mount and can be utilized through Nikon’s FTZ adapter. It has the advantage of reaching 300mm focal size and provides fairly good picture high quality for a 11x zoom though it suffered a bit from an excessive amount of play of the extending double barrel development. Together with FTZ adapter it’s 145mm lengthy and weighs 933g. The lens goes for 800 EUR / 950 USD / 750 GBP.
- Tamron’s non-stabilized 28-200mm f2.8-5.6 Di III is a brand new mirrorless design at the moment solely out there in Sony E-mount. However Tamron is reportedly engaged on providing its new mirrorless designs for different mounts too. It’s virtually the identical measurement and weight as Nikon’s new Z 24-200mm and its main profit is the bigger focal ratio. But it surely doesn’t supply optical stabilization and solely begins at 28mm focal size which ends up in a 9 levels shallower angle of view than zoom lenses beginning at 24mm. The lens comes at a really helpful retail value of 869 EUR / 729 USD / 799 GBP. For extra info see my Tamron 28-200mm f2.8-5.6 Di III preview which I quickly hope to broaden right into a full overview.
- Different F-mount choices embrace the Nikon AF-S 24-120mm f4.0G ED VR from 2010, the Tamron 28-300mm f3.5-6.Three Di VC from 2014, and the Sigma 24-105mm f4.Zero DG OS HSM Artwork from 2013. All three lenses supply picture stabilization and can be utilized through FTZ adapter on a Nikon Z digital camera.
As you’ll be able to see, not one of the alternate options above covers the identical focal vary as the brand new Z-Nikkor. Right here is the angle of view that the brand new Nikon Z 24-200mm f4.0-6.Three VR covers with its 8.3x zoom in comparison with the protection of different zoom lenses:
The distinction between lenses beginning at 24mm and people beginning at 28mm is clearly seen and is perhaps a decisive issue for selecting a zoom lens. Not all the time are you able to step again with a 28mm lens to get the broader view of a 24mm lens. And the opposite factor of notice: The good thing about reaching 300mm is probably not as huge as anticipated. If the picture at 200mm is sharp sufficient, cropping a 45MP shot at 200mm to match the angle-of-view of a 300mm nonetheless nets you round 20MP. This would possibly nicely be sufficient for the meant goal.
Right here is an instance from the Nikon Z 24-200mm at 200mm cropped to match the Nikon AF-S 28-300mm at 300mm:
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