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Sony FE 85 mm f/1.4 GM

14 September 2016
Szymon Starczewski

6. Distortion

In the chart below we show distortion results of different fast full frame 85 mm lenses, tested by us so far.


Zeiss
Milvus 1.4/85
Zeiss
Otus 1.4/85
Sigma
1.4/85
Nikkor
1.4/85G
Samyang
1.4/85
Sony FE
1.4/85 GM
APS-C/DX
−0.05%
+0.06%
−0.08%
−0.19%
−0.11%
+0.28%
FF
−0.38%
−0.04%
−0.36%
−0.41%
−0.43%
+0.58%


As you see, all Sony rivals listed in the chart show slight barrel distortion. The Sony 1.4/85 GM is an exception to that rule with slight pincushion. In absolute terms the Sony fares the worst of all but you shouldn’t complain too much – the results of 0.3-0.6% are practically imperceptible.

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Sony A7R II, APS-C, RAW
Sony FE 85 mm f/1.4 GM - Distortion
Sony A7R II, FF, RAW
Sony FE 85 mm f/1.4 GM - Distortion