Nikon Z-Mount DX Lens Roundup
Already about 1½ years ago, Nikon produced an entirely new wide-diameter lens mount with an ultra-short flange distance to support very bright lenses with previously impossible image-quality on Full-Frame cameras. This all-electronic Z-mount defined a platform for a new Nikon Full-Frame Mirrorless Digital Cameras. An initial lineup of compatible lenses were announced simultaneously, with a few more later expanding the set to currently 11 Full-Frame Z-Mount lenses from Nikon. Only lens lenses are stabilized, not even necesarily, given that all Nikon Full-Frame Mirrorless features 5-axis IBIS.
Six months ago, Nikon surprised the world by launching an APS-C mirrorless digital camera built around the same large Z-mount they introduced to support optical excellence for Full-Frame cameras. This compact mirrorless, the Nikon Z50 reviewed here
Nikon Z50, uses an unstabilized sensor with a 1.5X-crop. This immediately necesitaded Nikon to launch DX Z-mount lenses, of which there are two, both reviewed in this feature article. Not only are these needed to offer stabilization on the Z50 but also to realize a total compact-size expected from buyers of APS-C mirrorless cameras.
The two Nikkor DX Z-mount lenses are variable-aperture zooms with a collapsible design to store themselves in an even more compact size. Both these lenses are reviewed in this roundup:
- Nikkor Z DX 16-50mm F/3.5-6.3 VR
Nikkor Z DX 16-50mm F/3.5-6.3 VR - The kit lens and currently the only stabilized lens to cover wide-angle.
- Nikkor Z DX 50-250mm F/4.5-6.3 VR
Nikkor Z DX 50-250mm F/4.5-6.3 VR - A telephoto lens with quite a long reach and very dim aperture.
More lenses are to be added when announced and as they become available for review.
The above links lead to specification page of those lenses. Each next page of this Nikon Z-Mount DX Lens roundup reviews one of those lenses along with an analysis of its optical performance. Click on the Next button to advance or use the menu below it to jump to a specific lens.
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