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Sony E 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS

15 March 2011
Arkadiusz Olech

6. Distortion

Distortion measurements of the new Sony kit don’t impress us at all. At the shortest focal length we get a very noticeable “barrel” of –4.16%. With the increase of the focal length the deformations decrease very quickly, change into pincushion and, at 30 mm, they amount to 2.16%. The further increase of the focal length decreases the distortion level to the value of 1.52%, still clearly visible. The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 14–42 mm f/3.5–5.6 ED kit fared noticeably worse here – its deformations at the both ends of the focal range were even more pronounced. Kit lenses don’t have to have tragic results in this category, though; the stabilized Canon EF-S 18–55 mm performed noticeably better than any mirrorless optics kit devices.


Sony E
18–55 OSS
Olympus M.Zuiko
14–42
Canon EF-S
18–55 IS
14–18 mm
-4.16%
-5.48%
-3.96%
30–35 mm
2.16%
1.29%
-0.17%
42–55 mm
1.52%
2.86%
0.42%




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Sony E 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS - Distortion
Sony E 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS - Distortion
Sony E 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS - Distortion