Nikon Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S Review

May 23, 2019 | Amy Davies | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star Half rating star

Sharpness at 50mm

Our sharpness tests are carried out by photographing a real-world subject rather than a test chart. The Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S Lens Review was attached to a Nikon Z 7, 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 50mm

At this focal length, sharpness is very good when shooting wide open (f/2.8) in the centre. But it rises to excellent at f/4, before becoming sharpest at f/5.6 and f/8. It remains impressively sharp at f/11 before dropping off slightly at f/16 and showing the softest results at f/22. Overall impression of sharpness is good throughout the aperture range. Just like the other focal lengths, the best sharpness at the edge can be seen between f/8 and f/11.

Aperture Centre Crop Edge Crop
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f/11 f11.jpg f11.jpg
f/16 f16.jpg f16.jpg
f/22 f22.jpg f22.jpg