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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 40-150 mm f/2.8 ED PRO

27 July 2016
Szymon Starczewski

8. Vignetting

Let’s check first the vignetting performance for JPEG files – the appropriate thumbnails are shown below.

E-PL1, JPEG, 40 mm, f/2.8 E-PL1, JPEG, 40 mm, f/4.0
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 40-150 mm f/2.8 ED PRO - Vignetting Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 40-150 mm f/2.8 ED PRO - Vignetting
E-PL1, JPEG, 90 mm, f/2.8 E-PL1, JPEG, 90 mm, f/4.0
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 40-150 mm f/2.8 ED PRO - Vignetting Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 40-150 mm f/2.8 ED PRO - Vignetting
E-PL1, JPEG, 150 mm, f/2.8 E-PL1, JPEG, 3150 mm, f/4.0
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 40-150 mm f/2.8 ED PRO - Vignetting Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 40-150 mm f/2.8 ED PRO - Vignetting
E-PL1, JPEG, 210 mm (TC), f/4.0 E-PL1, JPEG, 210 mm (TC), f/5.6
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 40-150 mm f/2.8 ED PRO - Vignetting Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 40-150 mm f/2.8 ED PRO - Vignetting


At shorter focal lengths the tested lens has no vignetting-related problems whatsoever. The combination of 40 mm and the f/2.8 aperture means that you lose 19% (−0.62 EV) of brightness in the frame corners; that aberration becomes completely imperceptible on stopping down the aperture to f/4.0 where the value, measured by us, amounted to just 3% (−0.08 EV).

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A very similar situation can be observed at 90 mm. At the maximum relative aperture you must take into account the vignetting of 17% (−0.54 EV) which decreases to just 2% (−0.07 EV) on stopping down the lens to f/4.0.

If you want to notice the vignetting you have to use the maximum focal length. In its case by f/2.8 the light fall-off in the corners amounts to 28% (−0.94 EV) and it decreases to 6% (−0.17 EV) if you employ the f/4.0 relative aperture.

After attaching the teleconverter the situation improves. At the maximum relative aperture which, in that case, amounts to f/4.0 the vignetting is just 14% (−0.44 EV) and then it decreases to a quite symbolic level of 1% (−0.02 EV) by f/5.6.

Values we got for RAW files were higher by just 1-3%; it was connected to a slight cropping of JPEG images as a way of distortion correction.

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 40-150 mm f/2.8 ED PRO - Vignetting

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 40-150 mm f/2.8 ED PRO - Vignetting

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 40-150 mm f/2.8 ED PRO - Vignetting

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 40-150 mm f/2.8 ED PRO - Vignetting