Best Z-Mount Lenses for the Nikon Z50 Camera

In October 2019, Nikon introduced the Nikon Z50 as its first mirrorless camera with a Z-mount and a DX (aka APS-C) sensor.

This page provides an overview of the currently available or announced Z-mount DX lenses. These are mostly autofocus lenses, but selected manual focus lenses may also be included. Note that FX lenses can also be used on these cameras.

For every lens, the following major characteristics are given:

  • Focal length.
  • Maximum aperture. It has a strong influence on the light conditions in which the lens can be used, and how shallow the depth of field can be. Fast lenses also tend to be much more expensive. Green labels indicate fast lenses (> f/2), red labels indicate slow lenses (< f/4).
  • Filter size. It serves as a representative of the length, diameter and weight of the lens. Green labels indicate compact lenses (filter size < 60 mm), red labels indicate big lenses (> 70 mm).
  • Minimum focus distance (MFD). It has a major influence on the magnification that can be achieved, as well as the depth of field.
  • Another interesting point is of course the price, but it is different in every market and currency. Instead, links to independent reviews are given.

1 Prime lenses

Lenses with a fixed focal length

1.1 Fisheye lenses

Ultra wide angle lenses with purposeful strong distortions

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1.2 Wide angle lenses

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1.3 Standard lenses

Focal length similar to the image sensor diagonal of 28 mm. These lenses show the relation of foreground and background magnification more or less like the human eye.

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1.4 Telephoto lenses

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1.5 Macro lenses

Lenses capable of a magnification of 1 : 1 or more

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2 Zoom lenses

Lenses with a variable focal length

2.1 Wide angle zoom lenses

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2.2 Standard zoom lenses

Zoom range from moderate wide angle to moderate telephoto

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Nikon Nikkor Z DX 16-50 3.5-6.3

2.3 Superzoom lenses

Like standard zooms, but with an approximately 10x zoom range

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Nikon Nikkor Z DX 18-140

2.4 Telephoto zoom lenses

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Nikon Nikkor Z DX 50-250 4.5-6.3

3 Teleconverters

Teleconverters extend the focal length of matching telephoto lenses by a certain factor.

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*Additional designations such as VR are omitted. **Manual focus lens, possibly no digital coupling between lens and camera.

References

The linked reviews are by CameraLabs (CL), LensTip (LT), MirrorLessons (ML) and OpticalLimits (OL). LT and OL focus on laboratory testing, CL and ML on real world photography. Links in brackets refer to tests of earlier models.