Nikon Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR Review

July 31, 2020 | Amy Davies |

Sharpness at 200mm

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 200mm

We see the overall softest results at the farthest reach of the lens. At the widest aperture of f/6.3 at the centre of the image, sharpness is very good, but softer than at shorter focal lengths. It gets a little bit sharper at f/8 and f/11, before dropping ever so slightly at f/16. It drops a little again at f/22, before showing the softest results at f/32. At the edge of the image, the sharpest results can be seen between f/16 and f/22.

Aperture Centre Crop Edge Crop
f/6.3 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/36 f16.jpg f16.jpg