Nikon Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S Review

September 22, 2020 | Amy Davies | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star Half rating star

Sharpness at 70mm

Our sharpness tests are carried out by photographing a real-world subject rather than a test chart. The Nikon Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S lens 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 frame

The full frame at 70mm

At the centre of the image at this focal length, sharpness is excellent at the widest aperture of f/2.8, but gets even sharper at f/4 and f/5.6. It maintains an excellent level of sharpness throughout the aperture range, showing the softest results at f/22. The overall impression of sharpness when viewed at normal sizes is superb. At the edges of the image, the best results can be seen between f/5.6 and f/11.

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