Nikon Z MC 50mm f/2.8 lens review with samples
8. This is a true macro lens, with one to one magnification, but a wider angle than usual of 50 millimeter, most macro lenses in the 100 millimeter or thereabouts area. The disadvantage of that wider angle is that you have to get very close to your subject for macro photography, but the advantage is that its easier to get handheld shots without blurriness at that wider angle and also 50 millimeter is still very useful for general purpose. Photography. So it is a handy lens to have around with you. Its price is 650 pounds here in the uk or 650 us dollars, which is very expensive for a 50 millimeter lens, especially an f 2.8. One lets hope that the quality is there id like to thank nikon uk for learning me this lens for a couple of weeks for testing, although, as usual, this is a totally independent video lets start with the build quality. This lens is made of plastic and at 260 grams or just over half a pound. It doesnt feel heavy at all its based on a metal lens mount with a weather ceiling gasket around the edge on the side. There are some simple focus: control switches, including a focus limiter, then comes the rubberized focus ring it turns very smoothly and it works very slowly with the focus motor. That makes perfect sense if youre trying to do precision macro photography, but it can be a bit annoying at normal distances having to keep turning it and turning it for ages.
The front of the lens extends, as you focus more closely revealing a macro ratio indicator. As you can see here, the lens does suffer from some focus breathing zooming in as you focus more closely to your subject. This is completely normal for a macro lens im, not sure if ive ever seen, one that doesnt do this. The autofocus motor works just averagely quickly and it makes a quite whirring sound as it does so, but it is very accurate. The lens comes with one of these very dinky little hoods, which wont really help all that much. It has a front filter size of 46 millimeters and it does not feature image stabilization, although most new nikon cameras do have it built in nowadays. Overall, the build quality is fine, it feels solid enough and it just works really. Although the focus system isnt the quickest in the world, now onto image quality, im testing the lens on a full frame – camera, my 45 megapixel nikon z7 and in camera, corrections are turned on for these tests at f 2.8. The lens sharpness is excellent in the middle of the image, with biting contrast over in the corners. The lens continues to show excellent sharpness, although contrast is a bit lower, showing just a touch of ghosting on contrasting edges, stop down to f4 and the corner contrast becomes excellent and back in the middle. The lens is even a touch sharper than before. Looking absolutely perfect, the lens tastes, this sharp down to f11 f16 and f22 get softer due to the effect of diffraction.
But overall it is a brilliant performance from this little lens, offering virtually perfect image quality almost straight from f 2.8 very nice thatll be useful for your photography at normal distances. Now, as its a macro lens lets get straight into image: quality at close distances at the maximum aperture of f 2.8, which the camera reports as the equivalent of f 5.6 due to the close distance. Well, the image quality continues to be essentially perfect. Stop down to f8 and the image begins to soften already, due to the effect of diffraction. Here is f11 and f16. So diffraction begins to soften the image quite quickly due to the lenses wider angle than usual for a macro optic, but still thats as good a performance, as you can realistically hope for now. Lets take a look at distortion and vignetting. These images were taken with in camera, corrections turned off, you can see. The lens is projecting a touch of pin, cushion distortion here, and the corners are certainly quite dark at f 2.8, that vignetting is reduced at f4 and f 5.6, but it never completely disappears. No matter how far you stop down so just an average performance here when faced with bright lights in your picture, the lens performs fairly well theres. Not much flaring here and contrast remains nice and high lets. Take a look at its bokeh that maximum average of f 2.8 isnt exactly going to blow your backgrounds to smithereens at normal distances, but at close distances we see some lovely soft bokeh in your images and related to deboka comes longitudinal chromatic, aberration nikon have done a Great job here it normally plagues macro lenses, but here we can see that even at f 2.
8, we have almost no colorful highlighting in the foreground or background. Overall. This is an absolutely excellent 50 millimeter macro lens from nikon, brilliantly sharp, with lovely colors and contrast, and no image quality issues at all im, getting more and more fun out of these wider angle, macro lenses. Whenever they come into my office for testing, they really are very enjoyable to use. Is it worth 650 pounds im, not quite sure about that? Maybe if it had an aperture as biters f2, it might be so its not great value for money, but it is a superb lens overall, and so it does come recommended here are some more sample pictures from the lens. While i tell you about the fun that ive been having on patreon recently for anyone, whos wants to support the channel on patreon for only three dollars a month. You get all kinds of videos that are exclusive to supporters for two years, as well as extra weekly pictures and advanced previews of videos and equipment that im testing its fun.