Nikon Z 16-50

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Nikonzfc.jpg This is a kit lens for the Nikon Z FC

Ok this is technically a kit lens, which usually means a cheaper compromise lens so that people that buy the camera have a decent lens to get started and then can move to more exciting lenses. But combined with the Nikon Z FC this lens delivers serious pictures. Does it look plasticky and cheap, yes. But check the gallery below, the pictures do not look like it came from a 130 gram lens. Weight is a serious asset of this lens. Technically it covers the same range as the Nikon 24-70 which is quite a useful range but falls quite a bit short. However, the idea behind the Nikon Z FC is also a bit the weight, so keeping the combined weight well below 600 grams is a major plus.

The lens has a collapse feature, rotate the zoom ring past 16mm and the lens will collapse making it more compact to carry.

My Nikon Z 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3D
Price Cheap, but usually comes bundled with the camera
Weight 130g (not a typo)
Good for General purpose for everything
New or used Usually will come as part of a kit, it does not look so robust I would be careful when buying used

Just no. This is anyway a lens for a mirrorless camera, and if you are using a full frame camera, get something that will work for you.

Well it is made for APS-C so this is where you should be using it. The move from 18mm to 16mm actually makes quite a bit of difference, for all practical purposes (16mm in APS-C is equivalent to 24mm in full frame) is as wide as you will need to go before things starting to get tricky. The longer end unfortunately is a bit on the shorter side. It is totally understandable if you want a bit more but considering the weight, this is actually a good compromise.

It has been only a few days, but I do not think I will use another lens on my Nikon Z FC. If I need longer lenses (which are much heavier) I will go with an older (more robust body).


These pages are for Amateur Photographers and not really for seasoned photographers and professionals. I have no affiliation or commercial interest with any brand/make. I write from my own experience. I ended up using mainly Nikon, so I am more familiar with this brand than others. See price for notes on pricing as well as photography related links.