Nikon Nikkor Z 35mm f/1.8 S lens tested at DxOMark

DxOMark published their test results for the Nikon Nikkor Z 35mm f/1.8 S mirrorless lens ($847 at Adorama & B&H). Here is their conclusion:

The new wider Z-mount with its shorter register means there’s a lot more flexibility for optical engineers when designing lenses. The mount should especially benefit wide-angle lenses, and indeed, the Nikon Z 35mm f/1.8 S is the highest-scoring Nikon 35mm lens we’ve tested to date. Its key strength is sharpness, with good performance at the maximum aperture and exceptionally uniform resolution at the mid-apertures. This said, it doesn’t quite match such third-party options as the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 A and the Tamron SP 35mm f/1.8 Di, which achieve better sharpness when tested on the lower-resolution 36.3Mp Nikon D800E, compared to the Nikkor Z lens on the 45.7Mp Nikon Z 7. Overall, however, Nikon Z-system shooters who are looking for a 35mm prime can rest assured that the native Nikon Z 35mm f/1.8 S lens is an optically excellent choice.

Press release:

PARIS – June 12, 2019 – DxOMark has just published the results of its in-depth analysis of the Nikon Nikkor Z 35mm F1.8 S camera sensor.

The Nikkor Z 35mm f/1.8 S is a moderately fast, mildly wide-angle prime lens designed specifically for the Nikon Z system. The 35mm focal length and 63º angle of view makes it an ideal choice for street photography and photojournalism, as well as for general-use photography. Combine that with a wide f/1.8 maximum aperture for better low-light photography and creative depth-of-field effects, and the Z 35mm f/1.8 S is a highly desirable optic for many Nikon Z shooters.

Tested on the high-resolution 45.7MP Nikon Z 7 mirrorless camera, the Nikkor Z 35mm F1.8 S ranks as the highest-scoring Nikon 35mm lens we’ve tested, achieving an overall score of 38 points and an impressive sharpness sub-score of 30 PMpix at f/4.

Previous DxOMark Z-mount test reports:

Nikon Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/4 S lens reviewed at DxOMark

Nikon Nikkor Z 50mm f/1.8 S lens tested at DxOMark: “it comes close to some of the best and most expensive lenses currently available”

DxOMark is back with Nikon Z6 sensor test results

DxOMark published Nikon Z7 sensor test results

Via DxOMark

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