Nikon Z 50mm f/1.8 S Review

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

Sharpness at 50mm

For this test, the Nikkor Z 50mm f/1.8 lens was attached to a Nikon Z 7 body, which in turn was mounted on a sturdy tripod. Exposure delay mode was activated to prevent further shake. Any variances in tone and colour across the crops are due to changes in natural light during the session.

The full frameThe full frame at 50mm

In the centre of the image, sharpness is extremely high even at the widest aperture of f/1.8. It remains impressively sharp throughout the aperture range, becoming a little softer on very close examination at f/11, and slightly softer again at f/16.

At the edges of the image, sharpness is almost as good, with the best results seen between f/2 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