Nikon Z 85mm f/1.2 S Review

January 23, 2024 | Mark Goldstein | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star Half rating star

Sharpness at 85mm

For this test, the Nikon Z 85mm f/1.2 S lens was attached to a Nikon Zf body, which was in turn mounted to a sturdy tripod. Exposure delay mode was activated. Tonal and colour variance across the crops are due to change in natural light during the session.

The full frame

The full frame at 85mm

At the widest aperture of f/1.2, centre sharpness is good, but rises to excellent from f/1.4, and being the absolute sharpest between f/2 and f/8. Sharpness drops off ever so slightly at f/11, before showing the softest results - which are still very good - at f/16.

The overall impression of sharpness is great throughout the aperture range. At the edge of the frame, sharpness is best between f/2.8 and f/11.

Aperture Centre Crop Edge Crop
f/1.2 f2_8.jpg f2.8.jpg
f/1.4 f2_8.jpg f2.8.jpg
f/2 f2_8.jpg f2.8.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