NIKKOR Nikon Z MC 50mm f/2.8 Macro Lens Review

NIKKOR Nikon Z MC 50mm f/2.8 Macro Lens Review

NIKKOR Nikon Z MC 50mm f/2.8 Macro Lens Review

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The New Z mount 50mm Macro lens is an excellent lens for everyday use and especially for Macro work, it is lightweight, compact, and mounts directly to your Nikon Z mirrorless Camera Body.

I love using mine as a carry lens with the added bonus of 1:1 macro capability with extreme sharpness and image quality.

BackStory: I have been busy converting my legacy F mount lenses to the newer Z mount as the Z lens as they become available, the upgrades will be ongoing until I convert all my legacy F mount lenses to the newer Z mount lens. Unfornatually this comes at a cost but optically is worth the investment. The biggest benefit is the new Z mount lenses mount directly to your awesome Z mirrorless camera and offer superior overall performance over the legacy f lenses. You also get a boost in the corner to corner image quality.

Tiny Fly
A very tiny fly in the shade f/18 1/100s hand-held
The Nikon 50mm MC Macro S lens somewhat compares to the Nikon 60mm f/2.8 Macro except is smaller and more compact with improved image quality. Nikon uses the largest lens mount of any full-frame mirrorless system. It may seem like a small difference, but its impact is huge. More light capture. Sharper details. Better colors. Less distortion. Lighter lenses. Additionally, the New 50mm Z lens has Fluorine coatings to repel smudges, dirt, and water. 

Build Quality:  Weather and dust sealed, Mostly Plastic with a chromed brass mounting flange. The front lens barrel appears to be made of plastic. Not as robust as the legacy F mount 60mm Macro but offers the benefit of being lighter and more compact. 

Image Quality:  Exceptional - Exceeds the awesome 60mm Legacy F mount lens in all aspects of optical performance. 

Focus Performance: Acceptable in low light and excellent focus performance in bright light outdoors or overcast days.

Filter Threads: The Nikon 50mm MC f2/8 S lens has two filter sizes available - One is for a traditional filter in 46mm size such as an ND filter or UV filter and screws onto the inner lens barrel - the one that moves in and out as you focus, the other is 62mm and is useful for mounting your R1 or R1C1 macro flash setup to. I was pleased Nikon thought of having a 62mm mounting option for the Nikon R1/R1C1 macro system.

Pros

  • Small, light, and Compact Macro capable lens
  • Edge to Edge sharpness
  • Exceptional Image quality - Color - Contrast and Sharpness
  • Fluorine Coatings
  • Near Silent Operation - great for videos

Cons:

  • The barrel extends as you focus - Its a pumper
  • *No VR
  • No Function Button
  • No Digital Read-Out
  • No programmable function rings

*VR is available when used with a Nikon Z camera body that supports in-body stabilization.

50mm MC Z vs 105mm MC Z: If you are primarily interested in doing Macro photography I would suggest getting the 105mm over the 50mm MC due to the greater working distance the 105mm offers. If you love compact and easy-to-carry light lenses with a stunning macro capability then the 50mm MC Z is one fine example of a general-purpose all-day carry Macro lens.

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