Nikon Normal Nikkor f=40mm, 50mm and 55mm Comparison

This comparison only tests center sharpness & contrast.

f=50mm/f=55mm
43-86mm Ai AF-D 1.8 18-55mm II ED 18-55mm VR
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f/5.6 f/8 50/5.6 f/5.6 f/8 f/5.6 f/8

The most shocking of this comparison is how well the old Zoom-Nikkor 43-86mm/3.5 Ai did. At f/8, it's nearly as sharp as the 55-300mm AF-S and AF 50mm/1.8 D.

f=40mm
Micro 18-55mm VR 18-55mm II ED
Nikon Nikon Nikon Nikon Nikon Nikon
f/5.6 f/8 f/5.6 f/8 f/5.6 f/8

The Micro-Nikkor is just a touch softer near infinity.

Telephoto Zooms at f=55mm
55-200mm ED VR IF 55-200mm ED 55-300mm ED VR
Nikon Nikon Nikon Nikon Nikon Nikon
f/5.6 f/8 f/5.6 f/8 f/5.6 f/8

No one can beat the AF-S Nikkor 55-300mm 1:4.5-5.6 G ED VR lens!

f=55mm
AF-S 18-55mm VR AF-P 18-55mm VR 55-300mm ED VR
Nikon Nikon Nikon Nikon Nikon Nikon
f/5.6 f/8 f/5.6 f/8 f/5.6 f/8

These had to be hand held because there is no way to turn-off the VR in the AF-P Nikkor lens on the Nikon D7100.

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