This was my first outing with the Nikon Z6 and 24-70mm f/4 lens. It’s quite a decent kit lens, but I wouldn’t go out and buy it by itself. It’s really nothing more than a kit lens to be used for travel and casual photography. To that end, it does just fine. Since the widest aperture of the lens if f/4, it doesn’t let in a lot of light such as in indoor environments. Luckily the Z 6 does quite well in low light.

Pros of the 24-70mm f/4 lens:

  1. Focuses reasonably close.
  2. Very sharp when stopped down to f/5.6 and above. Decent sharpness at f/4 though.
  3. Quick autofocus.
  4. Pairs nicely with the Z 6.
  5. Light weight.
  6. Useful range.

Cons:

  1. Nothing special.
  2. Pricey when bought by itself.
  3. Not as sharp as I would like at f/4 – can be quite soft.
  4. Not much bokeh.

In conclusion, it’s not a bad lens, it’s just nothing special. Next time we’re out on a family outing and I need a wide zoom range, I’ll pack this lens along. It’s definitely not something I would use for serious portraits or events though. For that, I’ll stick to the Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 GM lens (yes, I know I’m talking about a different system). The Sony GM is just a much better built lens and the best 24-70 f/2.8 lens that I’ve ever used. Right now, Nikon mirrorless has nothing like that lens.

These photos were shot with the Z 6 and 24-70mm Z f/4 lens, edited using Lightroom for iPad and then VSCO. We visited the Frost Science Center for the better part of the day.

Published by Noah Bershatsky

I was a nerd before hipsters were cool.

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