Lens review

Canon EF 24-70 mm f/2.8L II USM

29 November 2012
Arkadiusz Olech

5. Chromatic aberration

Chromatic aberration

When it comes to the longitudinal chromatic aberration the tested lens doesn’t cause any problems. The crops, shown below, prove that even at the maximum relative aperture that aberration remains negligible.

Canon EF 24-70 mm f/2.8L II USM - Chromatic aberration

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The graphs below show the chromatic aberration function graph respectively for the APS-C and full frame detectors.

Canon EF 24-70 mm f/2.8L II USM - Chromatic aberration

Canon EF 24-70 mm f/2.8L II USM - Chromatic aberration

The results in both cases are similar. At the shortest focal length we deal with the biggest chromatic aberration as it reaches high level. It decreases on stopping down but even when you close the aperture down significantly the aberration remains on the borderline between high and medium level. A bit better situation can be noticed in the middle of the focal lengths range – here the aberration can be described as medium. Even better results are at the maximum relative aperture – you are in the lower part of the medium level. It’s a pity, though, that at no combination of aperture and focal length the lens’s aberration doesn’t decrease to a low level.

How the Canon compares with its rivals? Unfavourably I must say because it loses to practically all currently produced 24-70 mm f/2.8 devices. Definitely the Canon didn’t exactly distinguished itself in this category…

Canon EF 24-70 mm f/2.8L II USM - Chromatic aberration

Spherical aberration

Contrary to the Tamron 24-70 mm f/2.8 VC, tested by us not so long ago, the Canon doesn’t show any distinct signs of spherical aberration or the focus shift effect, connected to it. Still that aberration is not corrected in a perfect way either. The photos below, with fuzzy diode images in front of and behind the focus, are the proof of it. Both images differ noticeably, being each other’s opposites in several areas – where there is a local maximum in the one, there is a local minimum in the other.

Canon EF 24-70 mm f/2.8L II USM - Chromatic aberration