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Nikon Nikkor AF-S 85 mm f/1.8G

10 March 2012
Arkadiusz Olech

6. Distortion

The results in the distortion category, reached by the Nikkor AF-S 85 mm f/1.8G and other 85 mm devices, tested by us, both for the APS-C/DX sensor and full frame are presented in a chart below.


Nikkor
AF-S 1.4/85
Nikkor
AF-S 1.8/85
Canon
85 mm f/1.2L II
Samyang
1.4/85
Zeiss
1.4/85
APS-C/DX
−0.19%
0.11%
−0.28%
−0.11%
0.05%
FF
−0.41%
0.33%
−1.03%
−0.43%
−0.73%


There are two interesting tidbits to be noticed here. Firstly, the most expensive Canon actually fares the worst and the cheapest models, so the Samyang and the Nikkor 1.8/85G, are the best. Secondly, all the 85 mm instruments have a slight “barrel” distortion tendency whereas the new Nikkor 1.8/85G inclines rather toward “pincushion” deformations. At the end we must emphasize the fact that, in the case of all 85 mm lenses, the distortion levels are negligible so the problem of geometric deformations practically doesn’t exist.


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