Nikon Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3 Review

August 17, 2020 | Mark Goldstein | Rating star Rating star Rating star Half rating star

Sharpness at 24mm

For this test, the Nikon Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3 lens was attached to a Nikon Z5 body, which was in turn mounted to a sturdy tripod. Exposure delay mode was activated. Tonal and colour variance across the crops are due to change in natural light during the session.

The full frame

The full frame at 24mm

The lens is a little soft wide open in the centre, but sharpness is very good from f/5.6 through to f/11, with f/16 and f/22 slightly worse due to diffraction. The edges aren't quite so good, with the best results obtained from f/8 to f/11.

Aperture Centre Crop Edge Crop
f/4 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