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Nikon Nikkor AF-S 180-400 mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR

23 May 2018
Maciej Latałło

6. Distortion

With such a focal range and with so low zoom multiple we didn’t expect any distortion problems. In the case of the smaller APS-C/DX sensor we weren’t disappointed. Our results at 180, 300, 400 and 550 mm are respectively: −0.13%, +0.35%, +0.53% and +0.76%.

When you progress to full frame, deformations are noticeable only at the longest focal lengths. The biggest of them can be seen at 550 mm where we got pincushion distortion of +1.77%. At 400 mm you still deal with a level over 1%, and our official result was +1.13%. At 180 and 300 mm focal lengths it is much more difficult to see any distortion and our measurements amounted to just −0.22% and +0.81% respectively.

Nikon D500, 180 mm
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 180-400 mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR - Distortion
Nikon D500, 300 mm
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 180-400 mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR - Distortion
Nikon D500, 400 mm
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 180-400 mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR - Distortion
Nikon D500, 550 mm (TC)
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 180-400 mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR - Distortion

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Nikon D3x, 180 mm
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 180-400 mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR - Distortion
Nikon D3x, 300 mm
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 180-400 mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR - Distortion
Nikon D3x, 400 mm
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 180-400 mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR - Distortion
Nikon D3x, 550 mm (TC)
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 180-400 mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR - Distortion