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Nikkor Z 70-200mm f/2.8 S Photos and Discussions

tcdeveau

Well-known member
I will be interested in what both of you think of the 2x as I am somewhat conflicted about it. I have zero issues using the 1.4x -- to my eyes it is as good as the lens by itself in all areas. However with the 2x, I first see a tiny bit of IQ loss, arguably not enough to really matter for most images, but notable nonetheless. My bigger issue with it is what I see it does to bokeh; to my eyes it seems to clump it up --and rather significantly-- for lack of a better explanation.
Will let you know!

Haven't had a chance to play around with it much but so far it seems to do what I need it to. The 1.4x doesn't provide enough extra reach for me to justify (at least at the moment) so I just went with the 2x only. As we all know and as @ptomsu pointed out, it's the only option to get 400mm with native glass right now, so I'm happy enough to have the extra reach without having to plop down $$ for another lens right now (or explain another lens purchase to my better half :) ). I should be able to play around with it more next month.
 

robdeszan

Member
Hello All,

The Z zooms seem to be getting glowing reviews in general but the longer Z primes (50mm 85mm) still seem to have the edge over 24-70 2.8, for instance, not to mention the light gathering capabilities.

So, has anyone had a chance to compare the new 70-200 2.8 Z zoom against a good prime, I am thinking the Sigma 135mm 1.8 Art in particular? I already have an F4 70-200 zoom for stopped down scenarios but need something with more compression than the 85mm 1.8 Z but equal optical performance.
Best,
Pat
 
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Darin Marcus

Well-known member
Thanks for replying Darin. Is that 85mm 1.8S by any chance? If so have you been tempted to compare the two?
Yes, that's the one.
I have not compared them directly yet, as I am spending most of my 70-200mm time beyond 110mm :)
But from the few shots I've taken between 70 and 90mm, I'd say the 85 S has a bit more acutance wide open and at f/2.8. However, each has some unique characteristics - the prime has f/1.8 and no aspherical elements, the zoom has SR and additional VR...

More subjectively, the 85mm has (to my eyes) the modern Z rendering (more transparent? more realistic? - some call it flat :D) while the zoom is somewhere in between the Z and the F rendering.
 

robdeszan

Member
Yes, that's the one.
I have not compared them directly yet, as I am spending most of my 70-200mm time beyond 110mm :)
But from the few shots I've taken between 70 and 90mm, I'd say the 85 S has a bit more acutance wide open and at f/2.8. However, each has some unique characteristics - the prime has f/1.8 and no aspherical elements, the zoom has SR and additional VR...

More subjectively, the 85mm has (to my eyes) the modern Z rendering (more transparent? more realistic? - some call it flat :D) while the zoom is somewhere in between the Z and the F rendering.
Thanks for sharing your observations! I have on occasions used a gentle Tiffen softening filter to tame the sharpness on prime lenses for people shoots & stopped down apertures, but certainly enjoy being able to actually use a wide aperture when needed without IQ compromises.

Do you feel the 70-200 Z lens made the 85mm 1.8 S superfluous for you then?
 

Darin Marcus

Well-known member
Do you feel the 70-200 Z lens made the 85mm 1.8 S superfluous for you then?
No, I would choose the 85 for better bokeh and for a smaller/lighter combo when longer focal lengths are not needed. Also, I like the Z rendering, but fully understand people who prefer a more special look. Will be interesting to see what the new 105mm S will bring to the lineup.
 
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