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Sigma 120-300 mm f/2.8 APO EX DG OS HSM

2 August 2012
Szymon Starczewski

5. Chromatic and spherical aberration

The longitudinal chromatic aberration won’t be bothersome for the Sigma 120-300 mm. Using as many as three low dispersion elements provided the right result. Photos, presented below, show that back focus images have a delicate yellow-red hue and those before the focus are slightly blue but, fortunately, such an effect is not very noticeable.

Sigma 120-300 mm f/2.8 APO EX DG OS HSM - Chromatic and spherical aberration

Also the lateral chromatic aberration is kept properly in check. The first of the graphs, shown below, concerns the edge of the APS-C/DX sensor, the second one is for the full frame edge.

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Sigma 120-300 mm f/2.8 APO EX DG OS HSM - Chromatic and spherical aberration

Sigma 120-300 mm f/2.8 APO EX DG OS HSM - Chromatic and spherical aberration

As you see, the aberration never reaches a high level. The biggest values you get at the shortest focal length and the maximum relative aperture but even there they are medium at most. With the lengthening of the focal length the chromatic aberration decreases and at 300 mm, for all aperture values, it is simply low.

In many lenses the chromatic aberrations likes to „explode” and reaches unacceptable values after using a teleconverter. The Sigma 120-300 mm is a nice exception to this rule because its values are on the borderline between low and medium level so not bothersome at all.

Sigma 120-300 mm f/2.8 APO EX DG OS HSM - Chromatic and spherical aberration

Spherical aberration

The photos below show a defocused image of a diode in front of and behind the focus.

Sigma 120-300 mm f/2.8 APO EX DG OS HSM - Chromatic and spherical aberration

It can be noticed that in both cases we deal with circles with a very even light spread, without any local or global extremes or noticeable concentric rings. All of it proves that the spherical aberration is corrected very well.