Nikon Corporation (Nikon) is pleased to announce the release of the NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR standard zoom lens, and the NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR telephoto zoom lens for the Nikon Z mount system’s APS-C size (Nikon DX-format) mirrorless cameras.
Both the NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR and the NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR achieve excellent optical performance by taking advantage of the superior design flexibility made possible by the combination of the large-diameter (inner diameter of 55 mm) Z mount and the 16 mm flange focal distance. These lenses offer excellent resolution, yet achieve the superior portability possible with the adoption of retractable-lens mechanisms that greatly reduce their total length with storage.
The NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR is an incredibly compact and lightweight lens with a total length of approximately 32 mm*2 and a weight of around 135 g. It supports a convenient zoom range that begins at 16 mm and ends at 50 mm*3, making it an excellent choice for recording a wide variety of scenes, including landscapes, snapshots, portraits, and even close-ups of flowers captured at the minimum focus distance of 0.2 m*4 and the like as still images or movies. The lens is equipped with an optical vibration reduction (VR) mechanism that demonstrates superior blur-reduction effect with camera shake compensation equivalent to a 4.5-stop*5 increase in shutter speed.
With support for a broad range of telephoto focal lengths from 50 mm to 250 mm*6, the NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR is able to shoot a wide variety of scenes, from everyday portraits to subjects off in the distance. This telephoto lens not only allows users to take advantage of the compression effect for which telephoto lenses are known but also is able to focus on subjects as close as 0.5 m at the wide-angle position, greatly expanding possibilities for image expression. Further, with support for the most effective vibration reduction in the history of NIKKOR lenses for interchangeable-lens cameras with blur-reduction effect equivalent to a 5.0-stop*5 increase in shutter speed, effects of camera shake are effectively suppressed even with telephoto shooting.
Both will be used as the kit lenses for the Nikon Z 50, a Nikon DX-format mirrorless camera that will be released on the same day. This combination of lenses will provide users with gapless coverage of the 16 mm to 250 mm range of focal lengths which maximize the potential of the Z 50 with superior optical performance and portability.