Nikon Z 24-200/4-6.3 review: a lightweight player with image quality
This article comes from Pacific Computer Network
Nikon Z-mount system mirrorless digital camera has been on sale for some time. Nikon has spared no effort in the development of this series. Up to now, the fixed-focus and large-aperture lenses are basically complete. The traditional “big three yuan” is only a wide-angle lens, and the mature lens system basically covers all focal lengths. When you want to go out lightly, carrying a few lenses may become a burden. The light and wide focal length Nikon Nikkor Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR came into being. It is designed to achieve an optimal balance between compactness, lightness and wide zoom range, while giving full play to the advantages of the Z-mount system. How does the Nikon Nikkor Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR perform? It will be evaluated in depth this time.
Nikkor The Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR has a wide coverage range of 24mm to 200mm, which basically satisfies the shooting of all daily scenes. For example, the wide-angle end can be used to shoot wide scenery and the telephoto end can capture long-distance subjects. This lens is rich in features and weighs only about 570g. It is a golden partner with the Z-mount system mirrorless digital camera. Nikon has also launched a package bundled with the Z 6 on its official website. Friends who like to take the world can not miss it.
Nikon Nikkor Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR丨Appearance
Nikon lens flavor, rich texture, black non-slip coating, strong and capable. The focal length and aperture parameters of the lens are clearly marked on the lens body with concise and clear white font. The diameter of the entire lens is kept relatively consistent, and putting it in the camera bag saves space and is not easy to cause bumps.
external zoom design It is a mature solution to reduce the size of the lens. The Nikon Nikkor Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR is about 114mm at the 24mm end, and the lens will stretch when zooming. When it comes to external zoom lenses, everyone is always worried about the problem of waterproof and dustproof. It is 2020, and the waterproof and dustproof of the lens is no longer a problem. Each joint of the lens has been treated with good enough waterproof and dustproof treatment to cope with various situations in the daily environment.
this yellow The zoom lock switch can be said to be the soul of the entire lens. Until now, only this lens of all Z-mount system lenses has a zoom lock switch. The switch can only be locked when the lens is in the 24mm focal length, and its main function is to prevent the lens from extending outward under its own weight. In short, I think this design is the finishing touch, very beautiful.
zoom ring and The control ring uses a strip-shaped anti-skid design. The larger area is the zoom ring, which can freely control the 24-200mm zoom. It also provides a good anti-slip while the tight feel, and it is not easy to misuse during shooting. The other is the lens control ring, which can be set by entering the body customization menu, which can be set to focus, aperture, exposure compensation, ISO and no function. Flexible settings according to personal usage habits can improve shooting efficiency.
Nikkor Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR uses 67mm size filters. Nikon’s lenses mostly use fluorine coating and anti-reflective high-definition coating, which can effectively deal with direct light interference and achieve stability in all visible light ranges. Its low reflectivity significantly reduces glare and ghosting. It can focus precisely even in backlight conditions and capture clear images.
Nikkor The Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR adopts an aluminum bayonet this time, which is light in weight and durable. It is equipped with a very luxurious lens structure of 19 elements in 15 groups, including 2 low-dispersion ED lenses and 1 non-dispersion lens. Spherical low-dispersion ED lens, 2 aspherical lens, lens with anti-reflective HD ARNEO coating, and front lens with fluorine coating. What kind of image quality a high-level optical structure can bring will be revealed one by one in the following evaluations.
Nikkor The Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR comes standard with a HB-93 lotus-shaped lens hood, which can block a part of the excess scattered light, guarantee the image quality, and also protect the lens.
Inside the hood It is a striped circle design. This design is used in many hoods, and the effect has been verified by the market. When the light beam enters the lens from all directions, it can “break up” the light beam, reducing the impact of flare or ghosting on the lens.
with shading The lens of the hood is complete. I already want to install it on the camera body for a wave of shooting. I believe the image quality will not disappoint.
This compact , The lightweight Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR and Nikon Z mount system micro-single is really a perfect match, to fully utilize the advantages of the micro-single, portability and the ultimate picture quality perfect integration, 24-200mm The wide focal length allows inexhaustible subjects for shooting on the go.
install Nikon After the Z 6 mirrorless camera, the integration of the lens and the body is great, with a lightweight appearance and full of high quality. As an on-hook head, you can use the appropriate focal length to shoot anytime and anywhere, it’s really fragrant.
Nikon Nikkor Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR丨Sharpness evaluation
This time, the Nikon Nikkor Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR will be used with the Nikon Z 6 mirrorless camera for evaluation. The Z 6 has approximately 24.5 million effective pixels, and the official has bundled the Z 6 with this lens. Sales, I believe this match can give full play to the performance of the lens and body. First, the sharpness evaluation will be performed at the 24mm end and the 200mm end, respectively, using different gears of different apertures. Take 100% screenshots of the center and edges to observe and compare.
Nikon Z mount lens already has a wealth of technology accumulation, even if this Nikon Nikkor Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR positioning is an introduction Class, sharpness performance can also be very good. The 24mm end has a very high sharpness in the center of the full aperture range, and the fence in the picture is clearly visible. The sharpness of the edges has been slightly reduced, and the details can still be fully preserved. The signs of aging on the wall caused by rain and sun can be clearly seen in the picture. The edge is still full-aperture sharp, with no obvious signs of deterioration, and then the performance at the 200mm end.
200mm end sharpness is also amazing! The sharpness of the center image quality is so high that every pattern on the wall can even be seen. The edge sharpness is also reliable, and you can see that the outline of the plants reflected by the glass in the picture is very clear. I originally predicted that the sharpness of the Z lens will not disappoint, but I didn’t expect the result to be such a surprise. Although this Nikon Nikkor Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR is compact, the size of the rear lens can be made large and has advanced optical performance. In addition, in addition to the use of 2 low-dispersion glasses and 2 aspherical lenses, aspherical low-dispersion glass lenses are also used to achieve high optical performance and compact design. High resolution can be displayed in the entire screen at the maximum aperture. .
Nikon Nikkor Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR丨Anti-glare distortion evaluation
The anti-glare test environment is in a darkroom, using a flashlight to shoot the beam into the lens from the side.
Nikkor Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR uses an anti-reflective high-definition coating. This coating is also used on most Nikon lenses. Even if there is such a strong backlight in the picture, clear images can be obtained and ghosts are reduced. Shadow and flare.
24mm end distortion test
200mm end distortion test
distortion is an inherent characteristic of the lens. Basically it cannot be eliminated and can only be improved by technical optimization. The distortion of the Nikon Nikkor Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR is very well controlled, with only slight barrel distortion at the 24mm wide-angle focal length, and no distortion at the 200mm end.
Nikon Nikkor Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR丨Dark character dispersion evaluation
Zoom telephoto lens has many lenses, and the lens barrel is longer. Lenses that deviate from the aperture farther to allow light from the corners to pass through, causing edge loss. The vignetting control of Nikon lenses is always missing. Let’s take a look at the actual evaluation performance of this lens.
24mm end performance is weak, f/4-22 almost all have vignetting, as the aperture gradually decreases, the vignetting situation has improved significantly. The performance at the 200mm end is very good, there is almost no vignetting at f/8, and the picture is uniform in light and dark. Although the vignetting control of the lens is not particularly ideal in the extremely harsh evaluation environment, it does not affect the image quality of the picture during actual use. For details, please refer to the real shot proofs.
The lens structure of Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR has 19 elements in 15 groups, and the luxurious lens group provides excellent sharpness. Is it easy to face dispersion evaluation? The evaluation method is to observe the edge of the leaf under comparison, and take screenshots of the middle and edge of the image for reference.
The image of the leaf edge in screenshot 1 is clean and neat, even if the image quality is only slightly degraded at f/36, there is no dispersion, purple fringing, green fringing, etc. Although the picture quality of screenshot 2 is not excellent, it is still a good level, with only slight dispersion after f/22 aperture. Dispersion control has reached a very high level for this level of lens.
Nikon Nikkor Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR丨Real shot proofs
The focal length of 24-200mm is really cool. As long as you bring this lens when you go out, you can basically shoot anything you want. If the Z 6 is set as the DX image area, it can even be equivalent to a focal length of 300mm to capture subjects at longer distances.
24- The 200mm focal length is really cool. If you go out with this lens, you can basically shoot anything you want. If the Z 6 is set as the DX image area, it can even be equivalent to a focal length of 300mm to capture subjects at a greater distance.
PConline evaluation summary
Nikon Nikkor Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR It can be regarded as one of the essential lenses for the entry-level lens of the Nikon Z-mount system mirrorless digital camera. It has excellent performance in terms of materials, portability, image quality, etc., especially the wide zoom range of 24-200mm. Very suitable for beginners to start. The set of Nikon Z 6 and Nikon Nikkor Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR is very competitive in full-frame mirrorless. If you are undecided when choosing to purchase full-frame mirrorless, you can buy this set without hesitation .
full-frame micro-single will be the future trend, I have to say Z mount The system’s large diameter and ultra-short flange distance have huge advantages in scalability and portability, and the potential has not been fully tapped. Take this Nikon Nikkor Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR as an entry-level lens. Its quality has far surpassed the previous same-level lenses, and it has even moved closer to the S-level lens. It is consumers who do not increase prices. Nikon’s Z mount series mirrorless singles are worthy of trust and expectation.
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