Nikon Z MC 50mm f/2.8 review

A compact new 1.0x macro lens for Nikon Z-mount mirrorless cameras, and it makes a great everyday standard prime!

Nikon Z MC 50mm f/2.8
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Digital Camera World Verdict

This 50mm f/2.8 standard prime is great for general shooting. It’s conveniently compact and lightweight, and a full f/stop faster than Nikon’s Z 24-70mm f/4 S zoom that’s supplied as a kit lens with full-frame Z-series bodies. Its main claim to fame, however, is that it delivers full 1.0x macro magnification at its shortest focus distance, enabling extreme close-ups. As usual for a macro lens of this focal length, the minimum focus distance might be closer than you like.


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    Impressive image quality

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    Compact, lightweight build

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    Very precise manual focusing


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    Only 2-inch working distance at 1.0x magnification

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    No optical VR

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It’s been a long wait for an own-brand Nikon Z-mount macro lens and then, like buses, two come along at once. This one is less than half the physical length and weight of the more pro-grade Nikon Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S, and a shade under two-thirds of the price. 

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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! 

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