This was my first outing with the Nikon Z6 and 24-70mm f/4 lens. Itâ€™s quite a decent kit lens, but I wouldnâ€™t go out and buy it by itself. Itâ€™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 doesnâ€™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:
- Focuses reasonably close.
- Very sharp when stopped down to f/5.6 and above. Decent sharpness at f/4 though.
- Quick autofocus.
- Pairs nicely with the Z 6.
- Light weight.
- Useful range.
- Nothing special.
- Pricey when bought by itself.
- Not as sharp as I would like at f/4 â€“ can be quite soft.
- Not much bokeh.
In conclusion, itâ€™s not a bad lens, itâ€™s just nothing special. Next time weâ€™re out on a family outing and I need a wide zoom range, Iâ€™ll pack this lens along. Itâ€™s definitely not something I would use for serious portraits or events though. For that, Iâ€™ll stick to the Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 GM lens (yes, I know Iâ€™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 Iâ€™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.