Nikkor Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3 review

The Nikkor Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3 is certainly compact, but there's a heavy price to pay in zoom range and maximum aperture

NIKKOR Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3
(Image: © Nikon)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Full frame cameras mean bigger lenses. If you want long zoom ranges and fast maximum apertures, you have to accept big, heavy lenses. If you don't want a big, heavy lens, you have to give up on both. And that's exactly what the Nikkor Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3 does. It is certainly compact, but there's a heavy price to pay in zoom range and maximum aperture. We like it and we don't like it, and we are as conflicted as you probably will be.


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    Very compact for a full frame lens

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    Quite good optical performance


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    Very limiting 2x zoom range

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    Not fast, especially at 50mm

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Full frame cameras give the kind of image quality every photography fan aspires to, but inevitably the cameras grow larger. Even so, camera makers do a great job of keeping them compact – and Nikon has done especially well with the Nikon Z5, which is the camera the Nikkor Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3 is bundled with – though you can also buy this lens on its own.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at