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Nikon Nikkor Z 85 mm f/1.8 S

13 March 2020
Maciej Lata││o

6. Distortion

The chart below shows a comparison of distortion results reached by other full frame fast 85 mm lenses which we have already tested.


Tamron
1.8/85áVC
Sony
FE 1.8/85
Sigma
1.4/85
Nikkor
1.8/85G
Viltrox
1.8/85
Canon
1.8/85
NikkoráZ
1.8/85áS
APS-C/DX
+0.17%
+0.19%
−0.08%
+0.11%
+0.88%
+0.08%
+0.29%
FF
+0.65%
+0.34%
−0.36%
+0.33%
+1.89%
+0.61%
+0.47%


As you can notice only the Viltrox had a small slip-up in this category and that lens is an excellent example of a policy which cedes distortion control to software of the camera. Meanwhile correction of that aberration in an 85 mm lens is not that difficult and we are really pleased by the fact that Nikon optics specialists did a good job in this category. Distortion of the Nikkor Z 1.8/85 S is barely noticeable even on full frame and it shouldn't cause you any problems.


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It's an interesting point that the reflex camera model fared here slightly better even though it would be difficult to talk about any noticeable differences – the results of both lenses are the same within the margin of error.

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Nikon Nikkor Z 85 mm f/1.8 S - Distortion
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Nikon Nikkor Z 85 mm f/1.8 S - Distortion