DX-format telephoto zoom lens that enables the capture of diverse scenes beautifully with a single lens, utilizing a wide zoom range and superior VR effect
1Angle of view of the DX-format 50-250 mm lens is equivalent to that of a 75-375mm lens in FX/35mm format.
2Based on CIPA Standard; this value is achieved when attached to a DX-format camera with the camera’s VR function set to “NORMAL”, and when zoom is set to the maximum telephoto position.
3As of October 2019.
1. Key Features
The zoom range from medium-telephoto 50 mm to telephoto 250 mm* covers a wide telephoto area. Taking maximum advantage of this telephoto shooting capability, a wide variety of scenes can be captured with a single lens, from distant subjects that you cannot approach, to snapshots of comparatively nearer subjects, to portraits utilizing the telephoto effect. Despite being a telephoto zoom lens, you can easily get as close to subjects as 0.5 m/1.64 ft (at 50 mm zoom position; 1 m/3.29 ft at 250 mm zoom position) in order to capture impressive close-up shots including tabletop photography. The adoption of a stepping motor for AF drive enables quiet and fast focusing in cooperation with the camera's high AF performance. Comfortable focusing is also ensured with minimal shifting of the angle of view when adjusting focus. * Angle of view is equivalent to that of a 75-375mm lens in FX/35mm format.
Distant landscapes such as the summit of a mountain or wildlife that is difficult to approach closely can be effectively captured.
Specific subjects can easily be zoomed in on and taken in large size.
The natural expressions and behavior of children and animals can be captured without them becoming aware of the camera.
The superior resolution achieved with a large-diameter Z mount, that greatly changes the perception of conventional DX-format kit lenses, is reliably provided regardless of focal-length range or shooting distance, ensuring minute description of a subject's details from maximum aperture. Also, the employment of an ED glass element effectively compensates axial chromatic aberration, resulting in beautiful images with minimal color bleeding.
With an in-lens optical VR (Vibration Reduction) function that provides an effect of 5.0 stops faster*1, the maximum in the history of NIKKOR interchangeable lenses*2, image blur is effectively compensated even in telephoto and low-light shooting where camera shake is likely to be an issue.
*1 Based on CIPA Standard; this value is achieved when attached to a mirrorless camera equipped with an APS-C size image sensor, and when zoom is set to the maximum telephoto position. *2 As of October, 2019
A wide range of features that realize enhanced movie expression is incorporated. With effective focus-breathing reduction, natural movies with minimal shifting of the angle of view are attained even when the focus point changes. The control ring to which various functions such as focus (M/A)*, ISO sensitivity, aperture or exposure compensation can be assigned allows smooth and quiet clickless operation. Because AF and diaphragm mechanisms ensure quiet operation, movie recording is reliably enabled without worrying about their operation sounds being recorded. In addition, stable aperture control delivers smooth and natural exposure changes to movies.
* With this manual-priority autofocus mode, AF is instantly overridden with MF by rotating the control ring.
The retractable-lens mechanism that shortens the length when stored without sacrificing lens optical performance can extend/retract the lens via zoom ring rotation without pressing a button. You can easily carry this compact telephoto zoom lens anywhere without fatigue, ensuring remarkable agility for telephoto shooting that delivers amazing image quality even when sudden shutter opportunities arise.
2. MTF Chart And Lens Construction
Nikon Z mount
50 – 250 mm
f/ 4.5 to 6.3
f/ 22 to 32
16 elements in 12 groups (including 1 ED element)
Angle of view
31° 30' to 6° 30' (DX image area)
Focal length scale
Graduated in millimeters (50, 70, 100, 135, 200, 250)
Internal focusing system
Minimum focus distance(measured from 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
VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization
Lens shift using voice coil motors (VCMs)
No. of diaphragm blades
7 ( rounded diaphragm opening )
62 mm (P = 0.75 mm)
Approx. 74 mm/3 in. maximum diameter x 110 mm/4.4 in. (distance from camera lens mount flange when lens is retracted)
Approx. 405 g ( 14.3 oz.)
LC-62B 62 mm Snap-on Front Lens Cap, LF-N1 Rear Lens Cap
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