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Nikon Nikkor Z 50 mm f/1.8 S

19 February 2020
Maciej Lata³³o

6. Distortion

The chart below shows a comparison of distortion results reached by other full frame standard f/1.8 lenses.


Sonnar
1.8/55 FE
Canon
1.8/50 STM
Nikkor
AF-S 1.8/50G
Nikkor
AF 1.8/50D
Nikkor Z
1.8/50 S
Sony
FE 1.8/50
APS-C/DX
+0.72%
−0.41%
−0.49%
−0.20%
−0.11%
−0.32%
FF
+1.48%
−1.31%
−1.18%
−0.49%
−0.48%
−0.71%


The Nikkor Z 50 mm f/1.8 S with results of −0.11% on the APS-C/DX sensor and −0.48% on full frame, compares very favourably, with the best result in this group. It's worth mentioning that, even on full frame its distortion won't be bothersome at all.


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We are very glad that Nikon optics specialists didn't follow the steps of other systems which leave distortion to be corrected by software of the camera. Nowadays optical constructions feature more elements than previously and there are more possibilities to use exotic types of glass as they are more widespread. It means that there are more opportunities to construct lenses which performance is optimized with all aberrations in mind, not only a few chosen ones. I am glad Nikon proved that they understand these facts well.

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