Nikon Z 24mm f/1.8 S Review

November 14, 2019 | Amy Davies | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star

Sharpness at 24mm

Our sharpness tests are carried out by photographing a real-world subject rather than a test chart. The Nikkor Z 24mm f/1.8 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 24mm

At the centre of the image, sharpness is good at the widest aperture of f/1.8, getting a little sharper at f/2, and sharper again at f/2.8. The sharpest results can be seen between f/4 and f/8, where it drops off a little again, with the softest results visible at f/16.

The overall impression of detail when viewing images at normal printing sizes is good throughout the aperture range. At the edges of the frame, the best results can be seen between f/5.6 and f/11.

Aperture Centre Crop Edge Crop
f/1.8 f1_8.jpg f1_8.jpg
f/2 f2.jpg f2.jpg
f/2.8 f2_8.jpg f2_8.jpg
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