Nikon Z DX 24mm f/1.7 review

The Nikon Z DX 24mm f/1.7 ushers in own-brand prime time for Nikon’s APS-C format Z system cameras

Nikon Z DX 24mm f/1.7
(Image: © Matthew Richards)

Digital Camera World Verdict

With its compact and lightweight construction, and an ‘effective’ 36mm focal length in full-frame terms, this lens is the perfect companion to any Nikon Z DX camera body, ideal for street photography and walkabout shooting. Its bright aperture helps to enable a tight depth of field for close-ups, as well as quick shutter speeds even under low lighting conditions. All in all, it’s a very versatile lens with impressive performance at a competitive price.


  • +

    Compact and lightweight

  • +

    Fast f/1.7 aperture

  • +

    Useful 36mm ‘effective’ focal length


  • -

    Plastic mounting plate

  • -

    No optical stabilization

  • -

    Not fully weather-sealed

Why you can trust Digital Camera World Our expert reviewers spend hours testing and comparing products and services so you can choose the best for you. Find out how we test.

The Nikon Z DX 24mm f/1.7 is Nikon’s first DX (APS-C format) prime lens specifically for cameras like the Z 30, Z 50 and Z fc. Thanks to the 1.5x crop factor of Nikon (and most other) APS-C format cameras, it gives a pretty much identical field of view to 35mm lenses that full-frame photographers typically favor for street photography. Indeed, the compact build helps for candid shooting on the streets, so you can be discreet and avoid drawing attention to yourself.

Naturally, you can also use FX (full-frame compatible) lenses on DX format Z system bodies. Indeed, Nikon offers the Nikon Z 28mm f/2.8 SE as a kit lens option with the Z fc camera. That lens is barely any bigger or heavier, but it naturally has a less generous angle of view, equating to a 42mm focal length in full-frame terms. Despite being marginally smaller and lighter, the Z DX 24mm is 1.5 f/stops faster. That’s mainly because it only needs to produce a relatively small image circle, sufficient to cover an APS-C format image sensor.

(Image credit: Matthew Richards)

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 

In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.