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Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED VR

12 March 2010
Szymon Starczewski

5. Chromatic aberration

In this category we don’t have good news for the Nikon system users. The competitors like the Sigma or the Canon showed an unobtrusive aberration in the 70-200 mm range, and its level increased to medium values at 300 mm.

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED VR - Chromatic aberration

In the case of the Nikkor most of measurements indicate the aberration ranging from 0.14% to 0.16% which is considered a borderline between high and very high values. The least problems with aberration we will have near the maximum relative aperture and at 70 mm focal length where it nears the medium level; the worst troubles we’ll get at 300 mm and also wide open where the aberration reaches a completely unacceptable level.

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As a consolation for the Nikkor users remains the fact that, for most of this lens’ applications, at 300 mm the objects are placed near the centre and, as we have to crop the picture anyway, the areas with the highest aberrations are usually cut out.

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED VR - Chromatic aberration