Nikon Z 85mm f/1.8s sharpness tests

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Nikon Z 85mm f/1.8s sharpness tests

I just got the new 85mm f/1.8s delivered and did some quick tests.


All images are captured on Nikon Z7 on a tripod with the following settings:

Camera Settings

  • Raw (Lossless Compressed), Tripod, 3-second delay release, electronic shutter, IBIS off, ISO 64
  • Center single point AF-S, 2 shots for each focal/aperture, best shot selected

LR Classic CC Processing

  • Sharpening 50/1.0/30/30
  • Built-in lens correction profile applied
  • No additional sharpening for web (when exporting JPEGs)
  • Some exposure compensation may have been applied


The percentage numbers for the image cut-outs show their distance from center to the horizontal edges. This means that 0% is in the center and 100% is at the landscape orientation edge (left or right). The most remote pixel in a corner would be around 120%:


At the bottom I have compared the new 85mm with the Z 50mm f/1.8s, Z 24-70mm f/4s, 105mm f/1.4e, and the 200mm f/2 VR 1.

While being my favorite portrait my copy of the 105mm f/1.4 suffers from some bad de-centering which makes a bad choice for landscape. Also my 200mm f/2 is not perfect in this regard but overall better balanced still.

My Z lenses are pretty much evenly sharp across the entire image area. Great quality.

 H o g n e's gear list:H o g n e's gear list
Nikon Z7 Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200mm f/2G ED-IF VR Nikon AF-S 105mm F1.4E ED Nikon Z 24-70mm F4 Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm F4G ED VR +9 more
Nikon Z7
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