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Nikon Nikkor Z 24mm f/1.8S Lens Review - Performance

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Nikon Nikkor Z 24mm f/1.8S Performance

Looking first at sharpness, centrally results are excellent at f/1.8 and outstanding from f/2.8 through to f/11. The smallest aperture, f/16, is excellent. At the edges, sharpness is excellent at f/1.8, outstanding from f/2.8 to f/4, excellent from f/5.6 to f/11 and still very good at f/16. As with the other lenses in the range, any aperture is fully usable across the whole field and results are the very highest standard.


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Nikon Z 24mm f/1.8 MTF Charts

How to read our MTF charts

The blue column represents readings from the centre of the picture frame at the various apertures and the green is from the edges.

The scale on the left side is an indication of actual image resolution and sharpness as LW/PH and is described in detail above. The taller the column, the better the lens performance.

For this review, the lens was tested on a Nikon Z7 using Imatest. Want to know more about how we review lenses?


CA (Chromatic Aberration), even with all in camera corrections switched off, is approaching zero at most apertures. It is basically just not a consideration at all.

Nikon Z 24mm f/1.8 Chromatic Aberration Charts

How to read our CA charts

Chromatic aberration (CA) is the lens' inability to focus on the sensor or film all colours of visible light at the same point. Severe chromatic aberration gives a noticeable fringing or a halo effect around sharp edges within the picture. It can be cured in software.

Apochromatic lenses have special lens elements (aspheric, extra-low dispersion etc) to minimize the problem, hence they usually cost more.

For this review, the lens was tested on a Nikon Z7 using Imatest.


Distortion measures -2.03% barrel, correctable if required, but in any event what we would expect from an ultra-wide lens.

Although wide-angle lenses are not generally looked to for smooth bokeh, basically because they are often used at small apertures and hyperfocal distances to render everything sharp, the rounded aperture does, in fact, yield some very smooth out of focus effects. With closer subjects in particular, even at 24mm some selective focus is possible and therefore the smooth bokeh is a definite advantage.

Flare resistance is excellent, and we need to work the lens very hard to find any signs of artefacts. Even with the sun right on the edge of the frame contrast hardly suffers and the artefacts that we can generate are very minor.

Vignetting is an obvious -2.7 stops at open aperture, reducing to -1.7 stops at f/2.8 and then -1.6 stops throughout the range. It can obviously be corrected if required, but the corner darkening of an ultra-wide lens can actually have many benefits, including a natural vignetting effect when shooting landscapes under blue skies.

The conclusion is that we have here another top-class lens for the Nikon Z system, no if, buts or caveats.

Nikon Z 24mm f/1.8 Sample Photos


Nikon Z 24mm f/1.8 Aperture range

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josa 9 25 Czech Republic
20 Nov 2019 7:01PM
Autumn Leaves At F16 - vwry blurred...Sad
20 Nov 2019 11:46PM
The shutter speed at f/16 was relatively slow, so more than likely there was some movement in the leaves.

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