Nikon Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR Review

July 31, 2020 | Amy Davies |

Sharpness at 50mm

The sharpness tests for this review were carried out using a real-world subject rather than a test chart. The Nikon Z 24-50mm 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 50mm

The widest aperture available at 50mm is f/5.6. At this point the centre of the image is very sharp, but gets even sharper at f/8. An excellent level of sharpness is maintained at f/11, before dropping a little at f/16. The results are a little softer at f/22, before getting noticeably soft at f/32 (when examining at 100%). You can see some softness at normal printing and web sizes at f/32 but it’s not too pronounced. At the edges of the frame, the sharpest results can be seen between f/8 and f/16.

Aperture Centre Crop Edge Crop
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
f/32 f16.jpg f16.jpg