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Panasonic G 42.5 mm f/1.7 ASPH. POWER O.I.S.

27 June 2015
Arkadiusz Olech

5. Chromatic and spherical aberration

Chromatic aberration

A slight influence of the longitudinal chromatic aberration is noticeable near the maximum relative aperture. Still that aberration becomes almost completely imperceptible on stopping down the aperture to f/2.2-2.5. Our overall assessment in this category remains positive.

Panasonic G 42.5 mm f/1.7 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. - Chromatic and spherical aberration


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The situation concerning the lateral chromatic aberration is even better: the picture below shows the lens’s performance depending on the aperture value.

Panasonic G 42.5 mm f/1.7 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. - Chromatic and spherical aberration


The results raging from 0.02 to 0.04% mean you deal here with an imperceptible level of that aberration. In this category the tested Panasonic seems to be slightly better than the Olympus as well; the rival’s aberration at the maximum relative aperture approached a value of 0.06%. It must be immediately emphasized, though, that we assess the performance of both lenses equally high as in both cases it is practically impossible to notice any traces of that aberration in real life photos.

Olympus E-PL1, f/1.7 Olympus E-PL1, f/2.8
Panasonic G 42.5 mm f/1.7 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. - Chromatic and spherical aberration Panasonic G 42.5 mm f/1.7 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. - Chromatic and spherical aberration



Spherical aberration

What’s interesting the Panasonic experience some spherical aberration problems. In the first photo shown in this chapter you can notice a slight “focus shift” effect. When you pass from f/1.7 to f/2.2 the depth of field moves toward the photographer a bit.

That effect is confirmed by photos of defocused circles of light. The circle in front of the focus has soft edges and the circle behind the focus features a very pronounced light rim. It is a textbook example of an effect connected to spherical aberration.

Olympus E-PL1, f/1.7, in front of Olympus E-PL1, f/1.7, behind
Panasonic G 42.5 mm f/1.7 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. - Chromatic and spherical aberration Panasonic G 42.5 mm f/1.7 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. - Chromatic and spherical aberration