Is there a softness issue with my Nikon D750 or 24-85mm 3.5-4.5G VR?

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Is there a softness issue with my Nikon D750 or 24-85mm 3.5-4.5G VR?

I am trying to figure out if my new Nikon D750 or fairly new Nikon 24-85mm 3.5-4.5G VR are a tad off focusing. I started to notice it in in these three pictures:

D750 w/ 24-85mm VR @ 48mm 1/60 f/4.2 ISO 1600 hand held w/ flash

D750 w/24-85mm VR @66mm 1/60 f/4.5 Auto ISO 10,000 hand held w/ flash

D750 w/24-85mm VR @ 62mm 1/200 f/4.5 ISO 3600 hand held w/ flash

I wrote Nikon who advised me to stop using AF-A mode and to turn off auto ISO. So, I did and took the following more controlled shots using two different lenses:

D750 w/ 24-85mm VR @85mm 1/200 f/8 ISO 400 hand held w/ SB-800 flash

D750 w/ 85mm f/1.4D 1/200 f/8 ISO 400 hand held w/ SB-800 flash (subjects tired of test shots)

I also started to notice that the cropping was different for the two lenses that were both 85mm, and this seems odd to me. Is it a D750 thing? Also, again, are the eyes a tad soft or is this as good as one can expect?

D750 w/ 24-85mm VR off 1/200 f/8 ISO 400 hand held w/ SB-800 flash (crop seems zoomed out)

D750 w/ 85mm f/1.4D 1/200 f/8 ISO 400 hand held w/ SB-800 flash (crop is closer but we haven't moved)

The D750 and 24-85mm zoom are still under warranty so I am trying to decide if either have an issue and need to be serviced by Nikon.

Thank you in advance for any comments, advice or tips.

 zugz's gear list:zugz's gear list
Nikon D700 Nikon D750 Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D +2 more
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Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm F3.5-4.5G ED VR Nikon D750
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