Intro

The Nikon Z MC 50mm f2.Eight is considered one of two macro lenses for Nikon’s Z-mount mirrorless cameras – the opposite being the Z MC 105mm f2.Eight VR S. It achieves 1:1 (1x) magnification with out using bellows or extension tubes and is corrected for full-frame cameras. It may well fill the body with a topic of 24 x 36mm (0.94 x 1.42in.) at 1x magnification. The brand new lens is the shortest macro lens in Nikon’s F-mount or Z-mount line-up overlaying full-frame sensors because the AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor 40mm f2.Eight G is simply corrected for DX sensors the place it produces an angle of view equal to a 60mm lens, and the AF-S Micro-Nikkor 60mm f2.Eight G ED has a 20% longer focal size.

The brand new Z MC 50mm f2.Eight has autofocus, full climate sealing together with fluorine coating, and a spotlight limiter. It was introduced in June 2021 at a worth of 729 EUR / 647 USD / 649 GBP.

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Details and options

Let’s evaluate the Nikon Z MC 50mm f2.8 (“Z-Nikkor” for brief) to the AF-S Micro-Nikkor 60mm f2.Eight G ED (“60mm F-Nikkor”) and AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor 40mm f2.Eight G (“40mm F-Nikkor”). As typical I’ve rated the options with a [+] (or [++]), when it’s higher than common and even state-of-the-art, a [0] if it’s commonplace or simply common, and [-] if there’s a drawback.

Dimension (diameter x size): 75 x 66mm (2.9 x 2.6in.) plus 6mm for the tiny lens hood (50mm diameter). The Z-Nikkor extends when focusing to minimal object distance by 26mm. The 60mm F-Nikkor is 73 x 89mm + lens hood, the 40mm F-Nikkor is 69 x 65mm + lens hood. Plus it’s worthwhile to add 30mm for the FTZ adapter to make use of the F-Nikkors on a Nikon Z digital camera. The brand new Z-Nikkor is certainly probably the most compact macro lens to make use of on a Nikon Z digital camera. [+]

Weight: 260g (9.2 oz.) + 5g for the lens hood. The 60mm F-Nikkor is 425g (15.Zero oz.), the 40mm F-Nikkor weighs 235g (8.three oz.), each with out lens hood. Because the FTZ-adapter for the F-Nikkors provides one other 133g (4.7 oz.) the brand new Z-Nikkor is the lightest macro lens on a Nikon Z digital camera. [+]

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Optics: 10 components in 17 teams together with one particular dispersion component and one aspherical component. The lens has fluorine-coating on the entrance component to repel water, mud, and grime and make cleansing simpler. The 60mm F-Nikkor has 12 components in 9 teams with one particular dispersion and two aspherical components, the 40mm F-Nikkor has 9 components in 7 teams with no particular components. [+]

All three lenses on this comparability go all the way down to 1:1 magnification, the Z-Nikkor even a bit past (1:0.93). However resulting from their brief focal lengths closest focus distances are round 0.16m (0.52ft.) with leads to extraordinarily brief working distances of solely 5.6cm (2.2in.) for the Z-Nikkor, 5cm for the 60mm F-Nikkor, and 3cm for the 40mm F-Nikkor. The Z-Nikkor achieves a magnification of 1:10 at a distance of 0.59m (1.9ft.) [+]

Picture stabilization: Not one of the three lenses on this comparability gives optical stabilization. However Nikon’s full-format Z our bodies present built-in sensor-shift stabilization over 5 axis for any Z-Nikkor – plus an optionally available digital stabilization in video mode. For F-mount lenses used on the FTZ adapter the body-based picture stabilization of a Nikon Z digital camera supplies roll, pitch, and yaw correction. [0]

Filter-thread: 46mm, which is fairly uncommon. So that you most likely have to get a brand new set of filters. The 60mm F-Nikkor makes use of 62mm filters, the 40mm F-Nikkor 52mm filters. [0]

Autofocus: All three lenses on this comparability supply autofocus. So focus bracketing will be carried out with the built-in digital camera perform. Guide-focus override is by merely turning the main target ring – in case you didn’t assign one other operation to this multi-function ring on the Z-Nikkor. The main focus ring of the Z-Nikkor has the same old variable gearing to help in exact focusing which is essential particularly in macro pictures. The Z-Nikkor additionally sports activities a focus-limiter which might forestall the lens to go looking focus farther away than 0.3m (1ft.). [+]

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Aperture: The multi-function management ring of the Z-Nikkor will be assigned to function the aperture, publicity compensation, ISO, or focus. It mechanically falls again to its customary focus management when the lens is switched to guide 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 provides you extra flexibility to regulate one of many extra necessary taking pictures parameters immediately from a pleasant ring on the lens. The F-Nikkors don’t have an aperture management ring. Efficient focal ratio on the Z-Nikkor loses 2 stops (to f5.6) at 1:1 magnification. [+]

Lens profile: The Z-Nikkor comes with a lens profile which will be managed from the digital camera. Vignette management gives the same old choices of Excessive, Regular, Low and Off. Diffraction compensation and Auto distortion management will be activated or deactivated. The F-Nikkors have lens profiles in Adobe’s RAW converter. [+]

The Z Nikkor and 60mm F-Nikkor cowl full body/FX or smaller. The 40mm F-Nikkor solely covers the DX picture circle. [+]

Value: 729 EUR (incl. 19% VAT) / 647 USD / 649 GBP. The 60mm F-Nikkor is 590 EUR / 600 USD / 690 GBP, the 40mm F-Nikkor prices 280 EUR / 280 USD / 270 GBP. [0]

Use with teleconverter: Nikon’s Z teleconverters can’t be used with any of the lenses on this comparability. [0]

The lens comes with the same old flimsy pouch with no strings to drag it shut. The lens hood is included however is simply 6mm deep and must be mounted within the filter thread. The F-Nikkors include a gentle pouch and reversible lens hood. [0]

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Sealing: Sure, a rubber grommet on the lens-mount plus additional particular weather-sealing all through the development. [+]

At a rating of 0[-]/6[0]/9[+] the Nikon Z MC 50mm f2.Eight seems to be like a effectively featured small and light-weight macro lens which additionally doubles up as a regular lens for different photographic purposes. It’s absolutely climate sealed, has fluorine-coating, and a multi perform ring. With autofocus it will possibly use the main target bracketing characteristic of Nikon Z our bodies and take quite a lot of problem out of focus stacking. Simply needless to say with its brief focal size working distances will be extraordinarily brief which could spook small critters.

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Above: Nikon Z MC 105mm f2.Eight VR S (left), Nikon Z MC 50mm f2.8 (proper)

Alternate options

In case you’re searching for macro lenses providing a magnification of at the least 1:1 (1x) and focal lengths round 50mm there are few different options along with the above talked about AF-S Micro-Nikkor 60mm f2.Eight G ED and AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor 40mm f2.Eight G:

  • Laowa has the 60mm 2.Eight 2:1 Extremely-Macro which is a DSLR design from 2016. At infinity focus the lens solely fills the DX body however at macro distances it covers a full-frame sensor. The lens is accessible for Nikon F mount and prices about 430 EUR / 400 USD / 370 GBP. It gives the distinctive functionality to go all the way down to 2:1 (2x) magnification however it has no picture stabilization, no autofocus, a operated by hand aperture and doesn’t switch EXIF knowledge to the digital camera.

However Nikon additionally has the Z MC 105mm f2.Eight VR S which prices 1099 EUR / 1000 USD / 999 GBP. The lens has a most magnification of 1:1 however with its longer focal size working distances are double of what the Z MC 50mm f2.Eight gives. It additionally has optical picture stabilization, an extra perform button, plus an OLED show to point aperture or focusing distance and depth-of-field, or magnification.

Focus

Focus accuracy and repeatability is crucial to persistently produce sharp pictures. Repeatability (the accuracy of deal with the identical topic after repeated focus-acquisition) of the Nikon Z MC 50mm f2.Eight is fairly good (measured 98.4% in Reikan FoCal) with no outliers over a sequence of 40 pictures. There may be nearly no focus variation whether or not the lens focuses from a better distance or from infinity however I detected some searching when the lens was far out of focus. The lens focuses in round 0.5 sec from infinity to 0.59m (1:10 magnification), which is fairly quick.

The main focus ring is 24mm broad. Its rubber floor is structured for higher grip and will be operated with one finger. AF-operation of the lens in photo-mode will be heard as a low hum from the surface however in case you report video with the built-in microphone AF is fairly silent.

As you pull focus, you’ll discover some focus respiratory: the picture grew to become 5% extra magnified after I adjusted focus from infinity to 0.59m. That is seen and might be distracting when taking pictures movies.

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