Nikon Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR Review

July 31, 2020 | Amy Davies |

Sharpness at 24mm

The sharpness tests for this review were carried out using a real-world subject rather than a test chart. The Nikon Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR lens was attached to a Nikon Z7 camera body, which in turn was mounted on a sturdy tripod. Self-timer mode was activated. Slight tonal changes are due to slight changes in natural light during the session.

The full frame

The full frame at 24mm

At the wide-angle end of the lens, sharpness when looking at the image at 100% at the centre of the image is excellent at the widest aperture of f/4. It gets slightly sharper at f/5.6 and f/8, before dropping a little again at f/11. Sharpness drops again slightly at f/16, before showing the softest results at f/22 (the narrowest aperture available at this focal length). The overall impression of sharpness when looking at images at normal printing or web sizes is very good. At the edge of the image, the sharpest results can be seen between f/11 and f/16.

Aperture Centre Crop Edge Crop
f/5 f4.jpg f4.jpg
f/5.6 f5_6.jpg f5_6.jpg
f/8 f8.jpg f8.jpg
f/11 f11.jpg f11.jpg
f/16 f16.jpg f16.jpg
f/22 f16.jpg f16.jpg