Nikkor Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR Lens Review

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The Nikkor Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR is a pancake zoom that flawlessly complements the small size of the Nikon Z50 itself. It’s tiny, it’s light and it’s sure to demonstrate popular with travel and street photographers alike. Its ability to focus down to 0. 2m is mighty impressive, though the minimum distance raises with focal size, an annoying characteristic we usually see only in compact cameras.

Although this lens’s plastic build may lack that premium feel, the addition of a silent control ring is a welcome mod con. What the Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR lacks in rate, it makes up for in price, versatility and convenience. APS-C kit lenses are often fairly big and clunky and many camera owners will dream of a compact kit lens like this one.


The Nikkor DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR does not offer the continuous maximum aperture or optical quality of a pro lens, but its performance is excellent for a low- cost kit lens, and the fact that it’s so compact, fast and silent makes it a first-class everyday zoom for this camera.


  • Super-compact size
  • Impressive minimum focus distance
  • Customizable control ring


  • Max aperture only f/6.3 at full zoom
  • The plastic build may disappoint some
  • Narrow focus ring could prove fiddly

Nikon Nikkor Z DX 16-50mm F/3.5-6.3 VR

$249.00  in stock

5 used from $249.00
as of January 17, 2021 11:46 pm


  • Ultra-portable wide-angle zoom: fast-focusing lens with wide-angle to normal 16–50mm focal length range (FX- format/35mm equivalent 24–75mm).
  • Minimum focus distance of just 0.2 m: lets users focus sharply on Close-Up details.
  • In-lens vibration reduction: shoot at shutter speeds up at 4.5 stops slower than otherwise possible. Capture clearer images in low light and record steady video footage even if filming while walking
  • Silent control ring: for Key functions including manual focus, aperture control, and exposure compensation.
  • Lens in your pocket: weighs just 135 grams and is flat as a Pancake when retracted.

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