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Nikon Nikkor AF-S 80-400 mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR

4 August 2015
Arkadiusz Olech

6. Distortion

While using the Nikkor AF-S 80–400 VR on the small APS-C/DX sensor the distortion problem won’t be felt at all. The absolute value of that aberration doesn’t exceed a very low level of 0.6% at any place. Out of our chronicle duty we list here values we got at 80, 135, 200, 300 and 400 mm focal lengths. They are, respectively: −0.15%, +0.39%, +0.43%, +0.49% and +0.52%.

On full frame those numbers are higher but still there is nothing to complain about. This time at 80,135, 200, 300 and 400 mm we got the following results: −0.42%, +0.68%, +0.97%, +1.06% i +1.16%.

The Nikkor deserves to be praised here: despite a wider focal range it was able to control geometric deformations better than the new Canon 100-400L II as its distortion at the bigger focal length reached +1.34% and at 100 mm it was −0.97%.


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