Performance with the AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G ED
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Performance with the AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G ED

During our time with a pre-production Nikon Z7, we mounted the AF-S Nikkor 35mm F1.8 to the adapter and were impressed by the performance. In fact, we found it sometimes focused more reliably on moving subjects than the native (though pre-production) Z-mount 35mm F1.8.

All functions worked as expected and it focused quickly. Continuous autofocus performance was impressive, and is what we used to get this tack sharp shot of a toddler with this combo. During bursts though, our impression - albeit with beta firmware - was that the camera would sometimes back-focus trying to keep up with fast approaching subjects. This was not unique to this lens, and we hope final firmware provides improved performance.

The constant motor chatter would rule it out for video use though, unless you use an external mic away from the lens. And, of course, when used on the Z7, the F-mount 35mm F1.8's results are stabilized.