DX-format standard zoom lens that easily captures quality images utilizing the high performance of a NIKKOR Z lens concentrated in a compact, light body
There are times when a moment is best conveyed with motion and sounds, and the NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR lets you do that with full creative control and minimal interruption. Capture quiet moments without the fear of unwanted camera noise with the lens’s autofocus (AF) mechanism with stepping motor (STM) and diaphragm mechanism. The easy-to-use control ring lets you comfortably capture images with different focus points and levels of brightness. And smooth aperture control means you can seamlessly sail between scenes by delivering natural exposure changes. Creative control is firmly in your hands.
*Based on CIPA Standard: this value is achieved when attached to a DX-format camera with the camera’s VR function set to “NORMAL”, and when zoom is set to the maximum telephoto position.
1. Key Features
Utilizing a short flange focal distance, one of the great advantages of the Z mount system, a thin body design with a weight of only approx. 135 g/4.8 oz is achieved without sacrificing optical performance. Also, the adoption of a retractable-lens mechanism that shortens the length when stored results in a compact and light design. In addition, the retractable-lens mechanism can extend/retract the lens via zoom ring rotation without pressing a button. This highly mobile standard zoom lens enables the easy capture of high-quality images anytime and anywhere, even when sudden shutter opportunities arise.
Featuring a zoom range from wide-angle 16 mm to medium-telephoto 50 mm, this lens is ideal for a wide variety of scenes and subjects such as wide-spread landscapes, snapshots and portraits.
* Angle of view is equivalent to that of a 24-75mm lens in FX/35mm format.
Thanks to the high resolution attained with a large-diameter Z mount that greatly changes the perception of conventional DX-format kit lenses, fine details can be faithfully and sharply reproduced across the entire frame from maximum aperture. Also, utilizing an extremely short minimum focus distance of 0.2 m/ 0.66 ft (at 24 mm zoom position), even close subjects can be sharply focused for beautiful images. High-quality images showing exceptional detail transform everyday lives and familiar scenes into highly attractive and impressive works that can be appreciated by everyone.
Employment of an ED glass element (1) and aspherical lens elements (4) effectively controls various aberrations, minimizing color bleeding caused by chromatic aberration as well as curvature of field that is likely to occur at the periphery in the wide-angle range.
On both the wide-angle and telephoto sides, depiction with a sense of depth utilizing bokeh is made possible. You can easily create eye-catching effects in portraits that impressively emphasize the subject or pictures of flowers in which one particular bloom is effectively focused on.
The built-in optical VR (Vibration Reduction) system provides an outstanding blur-correction effect equivalent to a shutter speed 4.5 stops faster* (based on CIPA Standard). Even for scenes such as night landscapes and low-light indoor situations, image blur in a finder image or resulting image caused by camera shake is effectively compensated, enabling the reliable capture of shutter opportunities.
* This value is achieved when attached to a mirrorless camera equipped with an APS-C size image sensor, and when zoom is set to the maximum telephoto position.
A wide range of features that realize enhanced movie expression is incorporated. With effective focus-breathing reduction, natural movies with minimal shifting of the angle of view are attained even when the focus point changes. The control ring to which various functions such as focus (M/A)*, ISO sensitivity, aperture or exposure compensation can be assigned allows smooth and quiet clickless operation. Because AF and diaphragm mechanisms ensure quiet operation, movie recording is reliably enabled without worrying about their operation sounds being recorded. In addition, stable aperture control delivers smooth and natural exposure changes to movies.
* With this manual-priority autofocus mode, AF is instantly overridden with MF by rotating the control ring.
2. MTF Chart And Lens Construction
Nikon Z mount
16 – 50 mm
f/ 3.5 to 6.3
f/ 22 to 40
9 elements in 7 groups (including 1 ED element and 4 aspherical elements)
Angle of view
83° to 31° 30' (DX image area)
Focal length scale
Graduated in millimeters (16, 24, 35, 50)
Internal focusing system
Minimum focus distance(measured from focal plane)
16 mm zoom position: 0.25 m (0.82 ft) 24 mm zoom position: 0.2 m (0.66 ft) 35 mm zoom position: 0.23 m (0.76 ft) 50 mm zoom position: 0.3 m (0.99 ft)
Maximum reproduction ratio
VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization
Lens shift using voice coil motors (VCMs)
No. of diaphragm blades
7 ( rounded diaphragm opening )
46 mm (P = 0.75 mm)
Approx. 70 mm/2.8 in. maximum diameter x 32 mm/1.3 in. (distance from camera lens mount flange when lens is retracted)
Approx. 135 g ( 4.8 oz.)
LC-46B 46 mm Snap-on Front Lens Cap, LF-N1 Rear Lens Cap
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