Nikon Z 50mm f/1.8 S Review

December 18, 2018 | Mark Goldstein | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star

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Nikon’s new Z-mount has paved the way for lenses that set new benchmarks for optical quality. In focal length terms the Z 50mm f/1.8 S prime may be ‘standard’, however in every other respect this lens is anything but.
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The Z 50mm f/1.8 is one of just three lenses announced alongside the new mirrorless bodies, with additional lenses forthcoming. The 50mm shares several similarities to the Z 35mm f/1.8 S with a similar design as well as similar levels of sharpness. If the Z 50mm is any indication, the Nikkor Z line is shaping up to offer even better optics than those available for the F-Mount. However, the pattern so far is that the lenses are also a bit larger, offsetting some of the size advantage of the mirrorless body.
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The Nikon Z 50mm f1.8S is a very good standard prime lens for owners of Z-series mirrorless bodies: its optical performance is right up there with the much heavier and more expensive Zeiss 55mm f1.4 Otus including longitudinal color aberrations - which is no small feat.
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