This medium range scene compensates for the focus shift of the Nikon NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S by refocusing at f/1.4, f/2, f/2.8, f4* and thus delivering the best performance possible (assuming autofocus is accurate and it seems to be).
The results here are strong evidence for why Nikon’s PR lays claim to better optical performance: there can be no doubt that the Nikon NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S not only delivers a far superior image to any previous 35mm Nikkor such as the Nikon AF-S 35mm f/1.4G, it delivers an outstanding image by any standard, at least with a little stopping down). Color, contrast, detail—it has it all: Nikon has never built a wide angle prime lens this good. That is, setting aside the atrocious focus shift, which must be understood and dealt with.
Includes up to full resolution images from f/1.8 through f/11.
View the image below at full resolution on an iMac 5K. It is from the Nikon NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S Aperture Series: Sage, Aspen, and Waterfall. If your eyeballs don’t pop out of your head as to the quality, well then, get some glasses (or an iMac 5K).