Nikon NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f4.5-6.3 VR Lens Review with Sample Images

Nikon NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f4.5-6.3 VR Lens Extended

This lens from Nikon is the first of the Mirrorless DX lenses.  It is retractable so that it is quite small for a 50-250mm lens when retracted and approximately increases by one quarter in size, when it is extended for operation.  The lens is a very compact lens for a 250mm zoom telephoto lens.

Nikon NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f4.5-6.3 VR Lens Extended

The above image shows the lens in its extended position.  This lens is retracted or extended by turning the zoom ring.

I am quite amazed at the sharpness of this 50-250mm zoom lens.  As this lens is designed for the Nikon DX Mirrorless range of cameras it really has an equivalent focal length range of 75-375mm.  When compared to the full frame range of lenses this is a very small lens for its focal length.  One of the short comings of a compact lens such as this is that the aperture is rather limiting due to its limited f/6.3 aperture opening.  My philosophy on many occasions is to use relatively large apertures, to limit the depth of field and to highlight the subject.

Sample Images

I have included some water lily images below which have been captured with the DX 50-250mm f4.5-6.3 VR Lens on the Nikon Z50 DX camera.

The first image below of the water lily with the bee on it has been captured with the following settings;

Camera Info,

  • Device: Nikon Z 50,
  • Focal Length: 250mm


  • Aperture: f/6.3,
  • Shutter Speed: 1/800s,
  • Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority,
  • Exposure Comp.: 0EV,
  • Metering: Matrix,
  • ISO Sensitivity: 100

Water Lily with Bee

I am fairly amazed at the sharpness of the next image which is a 100% crop of a section of the above image of the bee.  There does appear to be plenty of sharpness and detail in the 100% crop of the bee here.

Water Lily with Bee (Cropped at 100%)

The second image below if of a water lily again, but this time with a frog sitting on the water lily.

Camera Info,

  • Device: Nikon Z 50,
  • Lens: NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR,
  • Focal Length: 250mm,
  • Focus Mode: AF-A,
  • AF-Area Mode: Auto;
  • VR: ON,
  • AF Fine Tune: OFF


  • Aperture: f/6.3,
  • Shutter Speed: 1/640s,
  • Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority,
  • Exposure Comp.: 0EV,
  • Metering: Matrix,
  • ISO Sensitivity: Auto (ISO 100).
Water Lily with Frog

The second image of the frog below is again a 100% crop from the image just above and again I am somewhat amazed at how goot the sharpness and detail is with this 50-250mm lens and Z50 camera combination.

Water Lily with Frog (Cropped at 100%)

Lens Specification

The specification of the DX 50-250mm f4.5-6.3 VR Lens is as follows:

  • Nikon Z mount.
  • DX Format.
  • Focal length, 50 – 250mm.
  • Maximum aperture, f/4.5 to f/6.3.
  • Minimum aperture, f/22 to f/32.
  • Lens construction, 16 elements in 12 groups (including 1 ED element).
  • Angle of view, DX image area, 31° 30′ to 6° 30′.
  • Focal length scale is graduated in millimeters at 50, 70, 100, 135, 200 and 250mm.
  • Internal focusing system.
  • Minimum focus distance, measured from the focal plane,
    • 50 mm zoom position: 0.5 m (1.64 ft),
    • 70 mm zoom position: 0.52 m (1.71 ft),
    • 100 mm zoom position: 0.58 m (1.91 ft),
    • 135 mm zoom position: 0.65 m (2.14 ft).
    • 200 mm zoom position: 0.83 m (2.73 ft),
    • 250 mm zoom position: 1.0 m (3.29 ft).
  • Maximum reproduction ratio, 0.23 x.
  • Vibration Reduction, VR, lens shift using voice coil motors (VCMs).
  • Number of diaphragm blades, 7 with a rounded diaphragm opening.
  • Filter attachment size, 62 mm (P = 0.75 mm).
  • Dimensions, 74 mm (3 inches) diameter x 110mm (4.4 inches) (distance from camera lens mount flange when the lens is retracted).
  • Weight, 405 grams (14.3 oz.).
  • Autofocus.
  • Internal focusing.
  • Switchable Auto, Manual focusing.

Supplied accessories

  • LC-62B, 62 mm Snap-on Front Lens Cap.
  • LF-N1, Rear Lens Cap.

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