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Nikon Nikkor AF-P DX 70-300 mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR

12 August 2018
Arkadiusz Olech

8. Vignetting

Let’s glance at thumbnails, shown below, and check how the tested lens performs on the sensor of the Nikon D500.

Nikon D500, 70 mm, f/4.5 Nikon D500, 70 mm, f/5.6
Nikon Nikkor AF-P DX 70-300 mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR - Vignetting Nikon Nikkor AF-P DX 70-300 mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR - Vignetting
Nikon D500, 135 mm, f/4.8 Nikon D500, 135 mm, f/8.0
Nikon Nikkor AF-P DX 70-300 mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR - Vignetting Nikon Nikkor AF-P DX 70-300 mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR - Vignetting
Nikon D500, 200 mm, f/5.3 Nikon D500, 200 mm, f/8.0
Nikon Nikkor AF-P DX 70-300 mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR - Vignetting Nikon Nikkor AF-P DX 70-300 mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR - Vignetting
Nikon D500, 300 mm, f/6.3 Nikon D500, 300 mm, f/8.0
Nikon Nikkor AF-P DX 70-300 mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR - Vignetting Nikon Nikkor AF-P DX 70-300 mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR - Vignetting


A combination of 70 mm and f/4.5 aperture means that you’ll lose 24% (−0.78 EV) of light in frame corners (−0.78 EV). It is a moderate result. Problems end by f/5.6 and f/8.0 where we got respectively 17% (−0.52 EV) and 7% (−0.20 EV).


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It is a bit easier to notice vignetting at the 135 mm focal length. In its case by f/4.8 the brightness loss in frame corners amounts to 36% (−1.30 EV) and then decreases to 33% (−1.16 EV) on stopping down to f/5.6. By f/8.0 the vignetting is 18% (−0.58 EV), and then by f/11 it decreases to an imperceptible value of 8% (−0.24 EV).

After passing to 200 mm you see few changes. At the maximum relative aperture you have to deal with light fall-off reaching 33% (−1.17 EV), and by f/5.6 it decreases to 32% (−1.14 EV). By f/8.0 the vignetting amounts to 19% (−0.59 EV), and by f/11 it drops to an imperceptible value of 8% (−0.25 EV).

At 300 mm focal length and by f/6.3 aperture the aberration level is 31% (−1.08 EV). On stopping down the aperture to f/8.0 it decreases to 22% (−0.72 EV). By f/11 the problem becomes marginal as the official result we got amounted to just 9% (−0.27 EV).

Nikon D500, 70 mm, f/4.5
Nikon Nikkor AF-P DX 70-300 mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR - Vignetting
Nikon D500, 135 mm, f/4.8
Nikon Nikkor AF-P DX 70-300 mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR - Vignetting
Nikon D500, 200 mm, f/5.3
Nikon Nikkor AF-P DX 70-300 mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR - Vignetting
Nikon D500, 300 mm, f/6.3
Nikon Nikkor AF-P DX 70-300 mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR - Vignetting