Nikon Z 14-30mm f/4 S Review

April 29, 2019 | Amy Davies | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star Half rating star

Sharpness at 30mm

Our sharpness tests are carried out by photographing a real-world subject rather than a test chart. The Nikkor Z 14-30mm f/4 S was attached to a Nikon Z7, which in turn was mounted on a sturdy tripod. Self-timer mode was activated to steady the camera completely. Any slight tonal changes you may see across the crops are a result of slight changes in natural light during the shooting session.

The full frameThe full frame at 30mm

At the furthest reach of the lens (30mm), centre sharpness is very good at f/4, getting sharper again at f/5.6 and f/8. Sharpness is ever so slightly softer at f/11, before dropping again at f/16 and f/22. Sharpness is good throughout the aperture range, especially if printing at normal sizes. At the edge of the frame, the best sharpness can be seen between f/8 and f/11.

Aperture Centre Crop Edge Crop
f/4 f4.jpg f4.jpg
f/5.6 f5_6.jpg f5_6.jpg
f/8 f8.jpg f8.jpg
f/11 f11.jpg f11.jpg
f/16 f16.jpg f16.jpg
f/22 f22.jpg f22.jpg