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Voigtlander Nokton 58 mm f/1.4 SL II

29 September 2010
Arkadiusz Olech

6. Distortion

50-58 mm class lenses don’t have any distortion problems on small APS-C/DX sensors. What’s interesting, despite the standard angle of view on full frame, some lenses of this type can show barrel distortion at the level of –2% (it was true for the classic Canon and Nikon 1.4/50 instruments).

In such a light the Voigtlander 1.4/58 fares very well. On the smaller Nikon D200 sensor the distortion, measured by us, reached an imperceptible level of –0.30%. On the Nikon’s D3x full frame sensor it was higher, amounting to –1.01%, but still such a result can be deemed as good, despite the longer focal length than in the case of other lenses of this class.

At the end we can note that the Voigtlander once again fares better than its most serious opponent, the Zeiss Planar in this category. The latter on the D200 had the deformations at the level of –0.71% so noticeably higher than those of the Voigtlander.

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Nikon D200, 58 mm
Voigtlander Nokton 58 mm f/1.4 SL II - Distortion
Nikon D3x, 58 mm
Voigtlander Nokton 58 mm f/1.4 SL II - Distortion