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NIKON Z 24MM F/1.8 S

The manual focus/control ring is
comfortably large but, typically for an
electronically coupled ‘fly by wire’
mechanism, gives practically no mechanical
feedback. Even so, it operates smoothly and
enables very precise manual adjustments.

There’s little point in having a fast, wide-
aperture lens if sharpness and contrast
drop off horribly when shooting wide-open.
To its credit, the Nikon Z 24mm delivers
spectacular sharpness and contrast even at
f/1.8, right across the frame. It reaches
even dizzier heights of sharpness at
apertures of between f/2.8 and f/5.6,
returning to excellent values from f/8 to
f/11. Shooting wide-open at or near the
shortest focus distance, you can shrink the
depth of field sufficiently to make close
foreground objects stand out against a
blurry background.

N-Photo verdict

Nikon’s brace of Z-mount 24-70mm zoom
lenses for its full-frame mirrorless cameras
perform so well, that you’d be forgiven for
wondering why there’s a need for a 24mm
prime as well. Naturally, any prime lens is good
if you like composing shots with your feet, and
totting up your count of Fitbit steps, but the
Z 24mm is also faster than its zoom siblings,
with an f/1.8 aperture rating. What’s more, it
delivers drop-dead gorgeous image quality
even when shooting wide-open. Couple that
with a delightfully sturdy-yet-light build and
you’re on to a winner with the Z 24mm f/1.8 S.

Build &




1 Just a single switch on the lens barrel, as
vibration reduction duties are left to in-
body stabilization

2 Extensive weather sealing ensures the Z
24mm f/1.8 S is ready for anything

3 The focus ring can be customized for even
more flexible shooting

4 Nano Crystal Coat is applied to minimize
ghosting and flare

5 The 24mm is supplied with a petal-
shaped, bayonet-fit hood and a soft pouch

6 Sharing the same 72mm filter thread as
the Nikon Z 24-70mm f/4 S zoom, the
24mm is also a similar size and weight

With a little help from automatic corrections,
there’s virtually no distortion to speak of,
with just the merest hint of pincushion.



Distortion 0.14

The lens manages to bring out the
subtlest of details even in very dull
ambient lighting, aided by Nikon’s
in-camera Active D-Lighting.

There’s practically zero colour
fringing, even in the extreme
corners of the frame.

Centre-frame sharpness is excellent
from wide open right through to f/11.
Many wide lenses struggle to produce
high edge sharpness scores when shooting
our close-range sharpness test chart, but
edge-sharpness remains excellent in real-
world shooting at more typical distances.

Lateral chromatic aberration is entirely
negligible, even in the extreme edges and
corners of the image frame.
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