Nikon NIKKOR Z DX 16–50mm f3.5–6.3 VR Lens

NikonSKU: 4960759900159

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Nikon NIKKOR Z DX 16–50mm f3.5–6.3 VR Lens

  • Weighs only 135 grams and retracts down, becoming flat as a pancake
  • Features a silent control ring for MF, aperture control as well as exposure compensation
  • Incorporates a 7 rounded diaphragm opening
  • Comes with an automatic electromagnetic aperture control with a max aperture of f3.5-6.3
  • Constructed from 9 elements in 7 groups including 1 ED glass and 4 aspherical elements
  • Angle of view is 83-deg to 31-deg 30’ (DX image area) with an internal focusing system
  • Extremely portable wide-angle (wide-angle to normal 16-50mm focal length) pancake zoom lens
  • Optimised for outstanding light-gathering capability of the wide Nikon Z Mount
  • The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 0.2m allowing for a sharp focus during close-ups
  • The lens comes with the LC-46B 46mm Snap-On Front Lens Cap
  • Compatible with the new HN-40 Screw-on Lens Hood, CL-C4 Lens Case, and 46mm screw-on filters

The NIKKOR Z DX 16–50mm f3.5–6.3 VR is one of the first two, extremely-portable NIKKOR Z DX zoom lenses capable of quick focus that is quiet and steady, ideal for video and still imagery. This particular lens is referred to as a “pancake” zoom capable of wonderful wide-angle to portrait views. It has a great focal range from wide-angle to normal (16-50mm) and a minimum focusing distance of only 0.2m ensuring crisp images during close-ups. Other noteworthy features include in-lens vibration reduction and the silent control ring.

The in-lens vibration reduction ensures that images come out looking their best even if the user is shooting without a tripod or in low-lit conditions. Video remains shake-free even if it has been recorded whilst walking, perfect for vlogging. Blur reduction is also available when the user does want to shoot with a tripod. It facilitates shooting at shutter speeds at 4.5 stops slower than previously possible.

Type Nikon Z mount
Format DX
Focal length 16-50 mm
Maximum aperture f/3.5 to 6.3
Minimum aperture f/22 to 40
Lens construction 9 elements in 7 groups (including 1 ED element and 4 aspherical elements)
Angle of view 83° to 31° 30' (DX image area)
Focal length scale Graduated in millimeters (16, 24, 35, 50)
Focusing system Internal focusing system
Minimum focus distance 16 mm zoom position: 0.25 m (0.82 ft), 24 mm zoom position: 0.2 m (0.66 ft), 35 mm zoom position: 0.23 m (0.76 ft), 50 mm zoom position: 0.3 m (0.99 ft) (measured from focal plane)
Maximum reproduction ratio 0.2x
Vibration reduction Yes. Lens shift using voice coil motors (VCMs)
No. of diaphragm blades 7 (rounded diaphragm opening)
Filter attachment size 46 mm (P = 0.75 mm)
Diameter x length (extension from lens mount) Approx. 70 mm/2.8 in. maximum diameter x 32 mm/1.3 in. (distance from camera lens mount flange when lens is retracted)
Weight Approx. 135 g (4.8 oz.)
Autofocus Yes
Internal focusing Yes
Focusing Auto, Manual
Supplied accessories LC-46B 46 mm Snap-on Front Lens Cap, LF-N1 Rear Lens Cap

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Understanding: Aperture

Aperture is the opening in a camera lens that controls how much light enters the camera. It's measured in f-stops like f/2.8 or f/8. Lower f-stop numbers mean wider openings, letting in more light and creating a shallow depth of field (blurry background). Higher f-stop numbers mean smaller openings, letting in less light and creating a larger depth of field (more of the scene in focus). Aperture also affects the quality of out-of-focus areas in the image (bokeh).

Understanding: Lens Types

Different lenses have different purposes to achieve different styles of images, some popular ones include:
Prime Lens: Fixed focal length, sharp images, great for portraits and dark settings.
Zoom Lens: Variable focal length, versatile for different shots and everyday use..
Wide-Angle Lens: Captures wide scenes like landscapes.
Telephoto Lens: Magnifies distant subjects, ideal for sports & wildlife.
Macro Lens: Perfect for close-up photography of small subjects.
Fisheye Lens: Ultra-wide perspective, creates unique images.

Understanding: Lens Mounts

Different camera brands use different lens mounts, which are like connectors that attach lenses to camera bodies. Each mount is specific to a particular brand and camera series. For example, Canon uses the EF and RF mounts, Nikon uses the F mount, Sony uses the E mount for its mirrorless cameras. These mounts dictate which lenses are compatible with which cameras. Some brands offer adapters to use lenses from other systems, but it's essential to ensure compatibility for proper functionality and autofocus performance.

Understanding: Manual and Autofocus

Manual focus and autofocus are two ways to adjust the sharpness of a camera lens. With manual focus, you turn a ring on the lens to bring the subject into focus yourself, giving you full control over what appears sharp in the image. Autofocus, on the other hand, relies on the camera's built-in technology to automatically adjust the focus for you, usually by detecting contrast or phase differences in the scene. Autofocus can be convenient, especially for fast-moving subjects or when you need to capture a quick shot, whereas manual focus allows for precise adjustments and creative control over the final image.

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