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Sigma C 16 mm f/1.4 DC DN

22 January 2018
Arkadiusz Olech

7. Coma, astigmatism and bokeh

On the smaller Micro 4/3 sensor the coma is visible although its level is closer to medium than high values. What’s more, after stopping down the aperture to f/2.0 you can limit its visibility. Still you cannot eliminate it completely.

E-M5 II, f/1.4, center E-M5 II, f/1.4, corner
Sigma C 16 mm f/1.4 DC DN - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh Sigma C 16 mm f/1.4 DC DN - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh
E-M5 II, f/2.0, center E-M5 II, f/2.0, corner
Sigma C 16 mm f/1.4 DC DN - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh Sigma C 16 mm f/1.4 DC DN - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh


The bigger APS-C sensor is far more problematic in this category. By f/1.4 the coma level in the frame corner is really big. Once again stopping down the aperture to f/2.0 helps to decrease it noticeably but the problem never disappears completely.


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A7R II, f/1.4, center A7R II, f/1.4, corner
Sigma C 16 mm f/1.4 DC DN - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh Sigma C 16 mm f/1.4 DC DN - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh
A7R II, f/2.0, center A7R II, f/2.0, corner
Sigma C 16 mm f/1.4 DC DN - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh Sigma C 16 mm f/1.4 DC DN - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh


Astigmatism, understood as an average difference between vertical and horizontal MTF50 function values, amounted to 17.5% with the lens attached to the Olympus and to 13.1% with the lens cooperating with the Sony camera. Once again the Micro 4/3 version of the lens performed a bit weaker. Overall in both cases the astigmatism remains bothersome even though its biggest influence you can notice near the maximum relative aperture and its level decreases swiftly on stopping down.

Out-of-focus areas don’t feature anything worth worrying about – the light spread in the circles is quite even and onion ring bokeh, often connected to aspherical elements, barely visible. Even mechanical vignetting cannot be called a serious problem.

E-M5 II, f/1.4, center E-M5 II, f/1.4, corner
Sigma C 16 mm f/1.4 DC DN - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh Sigma C 16 mm f/1.4 DC DN - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh
E-M5 II, f/2.0, center E-M5 II, f/2.0, corner
Sigma C 16 mm f/1.4 DC DN - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh Sigma C 16 mm f/1.4 DC DN - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh
E-M5 II, f/2.8, center E-M5 II, f/2.8, corner
Sigma C 16 mm f/1.4 DC DN - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh Sigma C 16 mm f/1.4 DC DN - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh

A7R II, f/1.4, center A7R II, f/1.4, corner
Sigma C 16 mm f/1.4 DC DN - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh Sigma C 16 mm f/1.4 DC DN - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh
A7R II, f/2.0, center A7R II, f/2.0, corner
Sigma C 16 mm f/1.4 DC DN - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh Sigma C 16 mm f/1.4 DC DN - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh
A7R II, f/2.8, center A7R II, f/2.8, corner
Sigma C 16 mm f/1.4 DC DN - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh Sigma C 16 mm f/1.4 DC DN - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh