The present full-frame Nikkor Z lenses have totally established an enviable fame and are clearly displaying Nikon on the prime of their recreation. We now have a lot of APS-C format Nikon Z cameras, and naturally, some new lenses particularly designed for them. The Nikkor Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.Three VR is obtainable individually in black, or in silver as a part of the Nikon Z fc SL package, the place it’s coupled with the retro fashion Nikon Z fc digicam physique. It’s with this 20MP physique that we now look intently at what can solely be described as a lens aspiring to be one other “plastic improbable”. Does it make the grade? Let’s discover out.
We’re trying individually on the Nikon Z fc physique, however for now, the brand new lens in silver could be seen to be an ideal fashion match for that retro look. It is rather compact, the lens having a retractable development. It have to be prolonged to the 16mm zoom place to be used, and if we don’t accomplish that then the digicam will remind us. By means of the in depth use of plastics, the lens can be very mild, weighing in at a minuscule 135g. There isn’t any hood offered, however a clip-on hood HN-40 is obtainable as an non-obligatory further. It’s all the time a pity to see the hood excluded because the safety afforded to the entrance of the lens is extraordinarily invaluable, in addition to after all serving to the resistance to flare. There’s a commonplace 46mm filter thread, fairly a small measurement and never all filter varieties will probably be available.
The zoom ring extends the lens and is clean with out being silky clean. There are clear markings at 16mm, 24mm, 35mm and 50mm. These are the precise focal lengths, and the lens pertains to a “35mm-equivalent” area of view of 24-75mm, a flexible vary for basic function taking pictures. The lens may very well be used on full-frame Z cameras, the mount is identical, however it will be in DX crop mode and the cameras give no alternative on that.
There’s additionally a slim management ring for handbook focusing. It can be programmed to change aperture or publicity compensation. That is digital and really clean in operation, as could be anticipated.
Focusing is all the way down to 0.2m, or eight inches, for a most magnification of 0.25x, or 1:4. This shut focusing provides significantly to the final usefulness. AF is pushed by a stepping motor and is blisteringly quick. Additionally it is extraordinarily quiet and correct. AF is switched on and off by way of the menus, so there isn’t any AF/MF swap on the lens itself.
Optical development is 9 parts in 7 teams, together with 1 ED (Further-Low Dispersion) and Four Aspherical. The diaphragm has 7 rounded blades, geared toward producing beautiful, clean bokeh.
VR (Vibration Discount) is built-in, and that is switched on and off from throughout the digicam menus. There are commonplace and sport settings obtainable. It’s claimed that Four stops benefit is feasible, and that may be confirmed.
The one regrettable omission is that there isn’t any moisture or mud resistance, however then again, the lens itself is totally sensible to make use of. It is admittedly very plastic in its development, and that even extends to the plastic lens mount, however it’s effectively put collectively and the dealing with is simply very good. Mixed with the retro Z fc or maybe with the Z50 it makes a great compact travelling companion.
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