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Sigma C 30 mm f/1.4 DC DN

14 June 2016
Arkadiusz Olech

5. Chromatic and spherical aberration

Chromatic aberration

The Sigma doesn’t correct the longitudinal chromatic aberration in a perfect way. It would be difficult to call its level high but the colouring of the areas out of focus remains noticeable both by f/1.4 and by f/2.0 so it seems we might speak about medium values here. In some situations that effect will be visible in real life photos.

Sigma C 30 mm f/1.4 DC DN - Chromatic and spherical aberration


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Now let’s check how the tested lens deals with the lateral chromatic aberration – an appropriate graph you can find below.

Sigma C 30 mm f/1.4 DC DN - Chromatic and spherical aberration


You have a chance to notice that aberration only at the maximum relative aperture where it reaches almost 0.09% so a borderline between low and medium level. After stopping down the aperture by about 1 EV or more you are able to reduce that aberration to 0.04% or so - these are practically imperceptible values.

Olympus E-PL1, f/1.4 Olympus E-PL1, f/2.8
Sigma C 30 mm f/1.4 DC DN - Chromatic and spherical aberration Sigma C 30 mm f/1.4 DC DN - Chromatic and spherical aberration


Spherical aberration

In the first photo of this chapter you see that the depth of field moves slightly towards the larger distance after passing from f/1.4 to f/2.0. It is a slight effect but it might suggest that the correction of spherical aberration is not ideal. Images showing out of focus light points, presented by us below, seem to confirm that. The circle we got behind the focal point features a noticeable rim and the circle in front of the focus lacks that rim completely.

Olympus E-M10, f/1.4, in front of Olympus E-M10, f/1.4, behind
Sigma C 30 mm f/1.4 DC DN - Chromatic and spherical aberration Sigma C 30 mm f/1.4 DC DN - Chromatic and spherical aberration