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Shootout vs Nikon Z 14-30mm f/4S: Bonsai Above Beaver Pond
Sample 14-30/4S used here obtained August 2020, 1+ years after the initial review.
The comparison pits the Nikon NIKKOR Z 20mm f/1.8 S against the Nikon NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S at medium distance. It complements the similar series at 24mm.
Does an f/1.8 prime lens beat out a compact f/4 zoom?
Includes images up to full camera resolution from f/1.8 through f/11, plus crops.
The following should not be confused with optical centering, which refers to the centering of lens elements with respect to each other.
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