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Tamron SP 70-200 mm f/2.8 Di VC USD

8 July 2013
Szymon Starczewski

5. Chromatic and spherical aberration


Chromatic aberration

As you can notice glancing at the crops below the Tamron 70–200 mm f/2.8 VC doesn’t have any problems with the longitudinal chromatic aberration.

Tamron SP 70-200 mm f/2.8 Di VC USD - Chromatic and spherical aberration


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When it comes to the lateral kind its performance on the edge of the APS-C/DX sensor and on the edge of full frame can be assessed on the basis of the graphs below and here is also hardly anything to complain about.

Tamron SP 70-200 mm f/2.8 Di VC USD - Chromatic and spherical aberration

Tamron SP 70-200 mm f/2.8 Di VC USD - Chromatic and spherical aberration

The biggest problems with the chromatic aberration you can experience at the maximum focal length but even there you can talk just about borderline values between low and medium level – nothing to make you truly worried. The lowest level of chromatic aberration can be noticed at 70 mm focal length where it is practically imperceptible.

The performance of the Tamron in this category is very similar to that of the newest stabilized 70-200 mm models produced by Canon and Nikon. What’s interesting, the Tamron fares a tad better than the Sigma which aberration could reach 0.13%.

Tamron SP 70-200 mm f/2.8 Di VC USD - Chromatic and spherical aberration

Spherical aberration

The Tamron SP 70–200 mm f/2.8 Di VC USD doesn’t correct the spherical aberration in a perfect way. It can be seen both in the first photo of this chapter and in defocused images of light points. With the stopping down from f/2.8 to f/4.0 the depth of field shifted slightly to the back. What’s more, the interior of the light circle which we got in front of the focus is noticeably lighter than that behind the focus. The rim of these circles is also different – that behind the focus has a distinct lighter border which can’t be noticed in the circle in front of the focus.

Tamron SP 70-200 mm f/2.8 Di VC USD - Chromatic and spherical aberration