Nikon Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S Review

September 22, 2020 | Amy Davies |

Sharpness at 200mm

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 200mm

At the longest focal length, sharpness is excellent at the centre, but perhaps a touch softer than at the shorter focal lengths. The sharpest results can be seen between f/4 and f/8. At the edges of the image, the sharpest results can be seen between f/5.6 and f/16. Again, although ever so slightly softer than at other focal lengths, the overall impression of sharpness is excellent at normal printing sizes.

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