Nikon Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR Nikkor
07/15/2020: Gallery Images added
Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR - Overview
(From Nikon lens literature)
The NIKKOR Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR is an affordable and immensely versatile all-in-one full-frame 8.3x zoom lens offering an expansive wide-to-telephoto focal range with a portable design, making it an excellent option for Nikon Z shooters. With a lightweight 20-ounce design and drip and dust resistance, the NIKKOR Z 24-200mm is prepared for adventure while maintaining the high-end optical quality of a NIKKOR Z lens. Meanwhile, the lens’ high resolution, point-light clarity and minimal distortion deliver edge-to-edge sharpness throughout the entire focal range.
Constructed of two aspherical lens elements, two ED glass lens elements and 1 aspherical ED glass element with Nikon’s ARNEO Coating, the NIKKOR Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR minimizes distortion, color bleeding and flare to consistently achieve optical excellence. The lens reaches up to 300mm when paired with a DX-format camera body, or when used in DX crop mode, providing users with endless possibilities for capturing any type of content from magnificent landscapes to beautiful portraiture and fast-paced wildlife.
An ultra-flexible tool for video creators as well, the NIKKOR Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR promises smooth subject tracking to keep sharp focus while zooming in video mode. The lens also adds 5 stops1 of built-in optical vibration reduction, yet also works in tandem with IBIS to deliver superb stabilization in the Nikon Z 6 and Z 7, offering every creator sharp and precise framing for seamless videomaking and stunning stills.
Pricing and Availability
The NIKKOR Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR will be available in April 2020 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $899.95.
Nikon Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR Nikkor
Nikon Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR Nikkor User Reviews
9 out of 10 points and recommended by langier (11 reviews)*Size *Weight *Good value *Quite adequate image quality *Can nearly replace two of the holy trinity lenses *Good balance *Well matched to the Z 6 sensor*Seldom in stock *Slow aperture range, especially at 200mm *Hard to tell focus in really, really dark conditions *Probably not as durable as other Z lenses, especially when the lens is at maximum length much like problems with the 18-200mm DX lens suff
I'll break the ice and report my findings...reviewed September 7th, 2020 (purchased for $900)
When it was announced, the Nikon Nikkor Z 24-200mm seemed intriguing. It covers both ends of a normal bag full of lenses in a form factor not much larger than the 24-70mm Z bundled lens. It seems just a little slow at the long end but size and weight...it was tempting!
Ive been trying to find the right lens for travel with my full frame bodies, first trying the 28-300 which wasnt too bad, but it was big, bulky, heavy. Though the photos were fine on a tripod, I dont always have that luxury when Im on the road or in the street. I also prefer wide, so it was replaced with the 24-120 f/4 and that worked well except I sometimes need a little extra reach
So I put my name on a list hoping to eventually get my hands on one (And now nearly a month later, the lens is still not in stock by a major vendor :-( )
Then the virus struct and the lens was delayed from release. I eventually found an online vendor that listed the lens as in stock and ordered it. The day it was scheduled to arrive, they emailed that the lens was on back-order and several weeks away... So I headed to eBay to see what I could find. The search pulled up the usual junk accessories for the lens and a couple that were priced at 25-30% premium, but hidden away was a listing from a legit vendor at the announced price, including shipping.
I made my purchased and waited. Surprisingly, the vendor shipped the lens two-day so kudos were noted on their eBay feedback. The lens arrived and the box opened... What a gem, not much bigger nor heavier than the 24-70 Z f/4, but three times the focal length and quite well balanced on a body. I took some test shots at different focal lengths to see how the images looked and make sure there were no other issues. I was not disappointed!
Every test image looked nice from the center to the edges on my Z 6. But testing in the studio just confirms the lens works according to specs. It's what one gets using in real life, in the field that counts.
I took it out for a spin at some local "macaroni-and-cheese" landscapes and put it through its paces. At wide, medium and maximum lengths, the images looked good. I didn't practice my best craft of using a tripod and cable release like I would normally do for the ultimate IQ but with its VR combined with the body VR on the Z 6, it was worth shooting it like there's no tomorrow.
After downloading these images and starting post production, I saw that sloppy-technique was nothing to be worried about. The VR did its job and the chosen photos were sharp enough throughout the frame. The lens made the mark of adequacy!
The following week, it was time to start making this lens pay for itself. I had a Senior portrait session and once again, one camera, one lens and a happy grad and her mom. Sure, you're not getting shallow DOF to isolate, but with proper lighting during the blue hour this wasn't that major of an issue.
Last week, it was a wedding as its next gig, but not the norm gathering of lots of family and friends, but with lots of "social isolation" from the afternoon and into the evening. From the wedding party and family groups to ring shots to nice candids of the bride, groom, guests, this lens came through, even as the light faded away.
Is it as sharp as my primes or less radical zooms? Not by a long shot. However, absolute sharpness is but one factor in photography and not always at the top of the list. Having a single lens replacing a bag full to fulfill a cinematic approach to an event or to travel lightly when on the road, is priceless. Taking less time in swapping lenses and not dragging along a bag full is priceless.
Bottom line, AFAIC, Nikon has hit a home run with the 24-200mm. It's size and weight are phenomenal for its range. With a Z 6, this package is not much larger than my m43 system with similar configuration, yet comes with the advantage of better sharpness and image quality along with better reliability than either of my m43 combos.
I've not shot a second wedding with this lens. The only issue I could find was that it was a little more difficult to focus or confirm focus as the wedding went into the evening.
I've also have tried some macro work with late summer wildflowers and the classic Nikon 6T doublet close-up lens. It works quite well and using this wide-range zoom made framing quite easy. No problem with sharpness with this combo, either.
Nikon got so many things right, including the ever important image quality, to make this a lens with which to judge similar lenses to years to come.
Well done, Nikon!