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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 60 mm f/2.8 ED Macro

16 November 2012
Arkadiusz Olech

7. Coma, astigmatism and bokeh

The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 60 mm f/2.8 ED Macro corrects the coma in an exemplary way. In the crops below it would be difficult to distinguish between images of a diode in the frame centre and those in the very corner.

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 60 mm f/2.8 ED Macro - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh

The problem with the noticeable level of astigmatism can be seen only near the maximum relative aperture. The official level of that aberration, being an arithmetic mean of three minimum aperture values, amounts to 7.9% and it is not a bad result. On stopping down the change of its level is very abrupt, though. At the maximum relative aperture it reaches as high as 17% but by f/4.0 it decreases to a negligible value of 4%.


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Below we present circles of light which were created by defocusing light points. It is clear that the intensity of local extremes increases on stopping down but nowhere it has alarming effects. The fact that already by f/4.0 the ring in the frame corner is almost the same as the ring in the centre is praiseworthy.

It is also very curious that even at the maximum relative aperture the image is not perfectly circular and you can notice an influence of aperture blades.

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 60 mm f/2.8 ED Macro - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh