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I received a Nikon 14-30 mm f/4 S Z-mount lens yesterday. I put it through my lens screening test, and it was minimally acceptable to me. Today, in response to a request, I did some lens flare testing. Spoiler alert: it did very well.
First, with the sun just outside the frame at 30 mm with the included petal hood in place:
If you look carefully, you can see the flare against the top beam between the center of the image and the sun. It looks a bit like a crescent moon.
You can see the same kind of thing at 14 mm if you look carefully:
With the sun in the frame at 30 mm and f/4:
There is an unusual vertical ray coming out below the sun, which is remarkably consistent and the sun is positioned around the frame. See below for what’s going on.
When you put the sun in the middle at f/8, you don’t get the annular flare that the Sony 12-24/4 has:
But move the sun a bit off the axis and you can see internal reflections:
At 14 mm and f/4:
No annular ring here, either:
All told, I consider this excellent performance.
Addendum. Thanks to a reader — see the comments to this post — I have an explanation for the vertical rays seen above: it’s light bouncing off the shutter. Here are two shots with the fully-electronic shutter.
John Van Atta says
Over at Nikon Cafe, user Makoto Honda believes the vertical line is caused by the shutter itself. Switching to fully electronic shutter seems to remove it. I’ve definitely seen it with other lenses on the Z.
He’s right. I’ll post an addendum. Thanks!