Reach farther. Do more. A telephoto lens gives you more than just zoom power. Telephoto lenses are great for portraits—they render faces naturally without distortion. They make your subject stand out against a soft, blurry background. They let you fill the frame with interesting compositions. And, yes, they also let you get closer to the action—wildlife, sports, concerts, events and more. The NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f/4. 5-6. 3 VR delivers compact, lightweight telephoto capabilities for Z series cameras. Fast, accurate and nearly silent, it’s equally adept at videos and stills. As a second lens alongside the NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3. 5-6. 3 VR, you can cover just about any shooting situation.
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Reach farther. Do more.
A telephoto lens gives you more than just zoom power. Telephoto lenses are great for portraits—they render faces naturally without distortion. They make your subject stand out against a soft, blurry background. They let you fill the frame with interesting compositions. And, yes, they also let you get closer to the action—wildlife, sports, concerts, events and more. The NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR delivers compact, lightweight telephoto capabilities for Z series cameras. Fast, accurate and nearly silent, it’s equally adept at videos and stills. As a second lens alongside the NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR, you can cover just about any shooting situation.
Powerful Image Stabilization
At telephoto distances, the smallest camera movements can blur a photo. Video is even less forgiving—we’re all familiar with shaky smartphone videos. The NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR has the most effective Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization system of any NIKKOR yet, up to 5 stops*! Your videos will be rock-steady, and your telephoto photos will be sharp and clear.
*As of October 10, 2019. Based 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.
Telephoto lenses are the best way to get cinematic close-ups and shallow depth of field in your videos. Like high-end cinema lenses, the NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR is designed to suppress focus breathing—a common occurrence with smartphones that makes videos look amateurish. And both its focusing ring and control ring are virtually silent, so you won’t hear any camera noises during recording.
The NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR uses a blazing fast, nearly silent stepping motor for autofocusing, and it performs brilliantly with Z series’ Eye AF to keep focus right where you want it.
An Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass lens element reduces color defects and glare for sharper, clearer images with outstanding contrast.
Assign your favorite function to the control ring—aperture control (great for iris transitions during video recording), ISO adjustments, exposure compensation or manual focus.
Anthony M. –
Was a good buy for a used lensThis was a used lens and it came in a Nikon box well packed. If I did not see the word ‘ used ‘ I would have said it was ‘ new ‘ . Very clean, no nicks or scratches . I tend to think this was part of the 2 lens set you could buy with the Nikon Z50 and someone just wanted to upgrade and sell this lens. It works pefectly and was a good buy !
Meredith Dumais –
If you want or have a Z50 get this lens.. seriouslyWhatever you do, don’t do what I did. I bought this lens separately 3 weeks after buying my Z50. You should buy this in the kit and save $150. Even if you think you don’t need a telephoto lens you should get it anyways, it’s cheap, very sharp, lightweight and you will want it after buying a Z50. If you already bought a Z50 it’s not too late, repent and buy this lens, It’s still worth it at $350. I normally don’t use telephoto lenses at all because I just have failed to get good shots in the past, for various reasons. So when I decided to get a Z50 I skipped out on adding this lens to the kit to save $200. That was very foolish of me… Between the VR and the high ISO capability of the Z cameras all of the shortcomings of slow compact telephoto lenses are addressed by this, and images look nice and sharp even at 250mm. (I mean relative to the old Nikon telephotos that compare to this one: I am not trying to compare this to their 70-200 f2.8 or anything, yeah that lens is sharper and faster but it’s also HUGE and expensive compared to this DX lens)Edit: I have added an example picture made with the Z50 at ISO4500, 1/400 sec. 250mm, F6.3. the high ISO with NR caused some softness but it still looks good to me. I could have dropped my shutter speed a stop and maybe still got it but I didn’t want to risk motion blur. The fox was trying to steal my bag but it was a little too heavy for him. I only had about 10 seconds to take any pictures of the fox before he ran off, and I was able to get a little over a dozen good shots of him thanks to this camera and lens combo.One of the main reasons for getting this was that the 16-50 kit lens just sucks for photographing people. It’s ok when it’s group photos and you want more depth of field, but for portraits of individuals you just can’t get very good out of focus backgrounds with a 50mm f/6.3, it’s excellent for landscapes and general use though. But, this 50-250 lens is 1 stop faster at 50mm which makes it quite usable for shallow depth shots (yeah it’s no F1.8, but pictures are acceptable in my subjective opinion). You can also improve the bokeh further by increasing the focal length. So I thats why I would say it’s worth paying $350 definitely if you are buying it on its own. But you can get a really good deal by buying it in a kit with the Z50 which is my main recommendation.One thing that concerned me about this lens before buying was it’s slow max aperture. But it’s forgivable In this case because remember aperture is directly related to focal length and this is long focal length lens, so we expect a higher F# due to optical limitations. It’s at least much more forgivable than it’s companion kit lens with its 50mm F/6.3 (come on Nikon!). Also remember the VR on this lens is excellent and will allow me to lower the shutter speed to about 1/8 of the focal length for stationary subjects. Plus with newer cameras you can crank the ISO to 50,000! Yes the pictures will be grainy but at least you can get the picture! In focus! It was not long ago that cameras topped out at ISO3200 and with an old telephoto at f5.6 you need a shutter speed of 1/250 or more and it’s just not gonna happen unless it’s broad daylight outdoors, that’s what made me just give up on telephoto lenses in the past: you either get a slow one that’s portable and cheap, but not very sharp and there are always those situations where you just need 1 or 2 more stops of light and you could get the shot but the camera or lens falls short and you just don’t get a picture at all. Or, you can refinance your house so you can fund a behemoth F2 telephoto that you need and then maybe you can get the pictures you want when lighting is poor.But this lens and my new Z50 are amazing and it’s amazing what pictures I can get now in a compact package even when lighting isn’t ideal. I highly recommend it!
Debbie Lee Wesselmann –
Affordable, Compact Zoom For Nikon Z-Mount Mirrorless CamerasAs a serious amateur but not a professional, I couldn’t justify (or afford) a full-format telephoto lens for my Nikon Z6 II — at least, not right now — so I settled on this compact and much more affordable DX zoom instead. Because it uses only the middle of my camera’s otherwise full format sensor and because the camera automatically crops to the DX format, this lens doesn’t use the full power of my camera, but it still has great optics. I love how compact and lightweight it is; it fits neatly inside a sling camera bag that I use for travel. I like to take bird and wildlife photos, and this zoom allows me to get a tighter shots than I could with my “starter” 20-70mm lens.Autofocus is generally fast and accurate, although like many telephotos, it can have problems focusing on smaller subjects such as song birds, especially if they are surrounded by branches. As will other Z-mount lenses, you do need to extend the lens before shooting, but the twist to get the lens into shooting mode is smooth and silent. Because of the lens’ restriction to higher apertures, this lens is best in well-lit conditions. The stabilization is pretty good, though, in situations when a tripod isn’t an option. If you have an FX camera, look for the red brackets to indicate how the camera has automatically adapted and cropped to use this lens.For a relatively inexpensive lens, this telephoto/zoom is great. Although it can’t possibly be compared to a higher-end, lower aperature, FX lens, it offers performance in a compact and budget-friendly package.– Debbie Lee Wesselmann
Roger the Consultant –
Everything but a fast apertureGood 8mage quality. Fast focus. Long reach. VR to make up for the aperture. Cost is amazing. On Z fc this thing rocks.
Perfect walk around lens, if not for the rattle.Great walk around lens. Covers a useful range of focal lengths. IQ good for what it is. Just wish the VR elements would be locked down when the camera powers down. Lens rattles, both when on the camera and in the bag, when no power applied.
Rattling sound seems normalSeems to take good pictures, but I’d rather use it on a Nikon Z 50 instead of my full frame Z6 since it crops the frame down to 10 megapixels
Eric Mainz –
Decent value lens for Nikon Z MirrorlessFor a reasonable price you can get a decent zoom for the new Nikon Z line of Mirrorless, at a fraction of the cost of what will be available once made for the full frame.
Alex Ivan –
RecomendadoPara iniciación es un buen lente zoom me ha gustado los resultados obtenidos hasta ahora, y el precio creo que es razonable.
Amazing lens for z50I love this lens, it is small, light and focus really fast in good light conditions, because it is f6.3 on the long end some times eye tracking is not so good with poor light condition, but for the prices on z system it is a good deal
Ian Sanborn –
The lens rattled when I pulled it out of the box…Reading that it is normal for this lens to rattle a little, not clunking (you don’t want that), is normal. Overall, I’ve enjoyed my first day with this and the new camera (Nikon Z5). F/4.5-6.3 requires tripod if you want sharp images on not too bright days, otherwise you’ll get blurry pictures. This is an excellent lens for causal days and am still experimenting it for great shots. It is appreciable.