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Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 50 mm f/2 ZF/ZK/ZE

28 January 2013
Szymon Starczewski

6. Distortion

The distortion of the tested lens, for obvious reasons, changes depending on the size of the detector, used. The lowest level of that aberration we noticed on the smallest sensor of the Canon 50D (1.6x) where our measurements showed just traces of barrel distortion, amounting to -0.30%. A bit higher result we got on the Nikon D200 (1.5x) where that aberration reached -0.34%. On full frame of the Canon 1Ds MkIII and the Nikon D3x we got respectively −0.72% and −0.74%, so values, within the margin of errors, practically identical.

To sum up you can say that none of the results above shouldn’t be bothersome and the distortion isn’t an aberration which might make any user of the Macro-Planar worried.

50D, 50 mm
Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 50 mm f/2 ZF/ZK/ZE - Distortion
D200, 50 mm
Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 50 mm f/2 ZF/ZK/ZE - Distortion
1Ds MkIII, 50 mm
Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 50 mm f/2 ZF/ZK/ZE - Distortion
D3x, 50 mm
Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 50 mm f/2 ZF/ZK/ZE - Distortion


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