Nikkor Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR review

The Nikkor Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR is the Nikon Z 50's telephoto zoom lens – with up to 5 stops of VR compensation!

5 Star Rating
Nikkor Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5/6.3 VR hands-on review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The Nikkor Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5/6.3 VR is a great little lens that will be perfect for enthusiasts looking to make the jump into mirrorless, or content creators excited to leave their smartphones behind for something with a bit more oomph. The versatile focal length range means that you can capture anything from portraits, to sports, to wildlife without skipping a beat. Although the build is plastic, it means that this lens is so lightweight you might find yourself checking the end of your camera to make sure it's still there!


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    Super light

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    Compact when contracted

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    Up to 5 stops of VR


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    Plastic build

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    Fiddly control ring

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    Slow maximum aperture

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The arrival of the Nikon Z 50 has caused a stir all on its own, but Nikon's new camera also comes with two new DX (APS-C) format Nikkor Z lenses.

Alongside Nikon’s flagship APS-C mirrorless camera, the Nikon Z 50, also come two shiny new DX format lenses. The camera's 'kit' lens is the Nikkor Z 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR pancake zoom, which enables you to get a full-frame equivalent focal range of 24-75mm. However, if you're a sports, wildlife or portrait photographer, then you'll be most excited for this Nikkor Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.5 VR. 

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Louise Carey

With over a decade of photographic experience, Louise arms Digital Camera World with a wealth of knowledge on photographic technique and know-how – something at which she is so adept that she's delivered workshops for the likes of ITV and Sue Ryder. Louise also brings years of experience as both a web and print journalist, having served as features editor for Practical Photography magazine and contributing photography tutorials and camera analysis to titles including Digital Camera Magazine and  Digital Photographer. Louise currently shoots with the Fujifilm X-T200 and the Nikon D800, capturing self-portraits and still life images, and is DCW's ecommerce editor, meaning that she knows good camera, lens and laptop deals when she sees them.