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Nikon Nikkor AF-S 500 mm f/5.6E PF ED VR

12 September 2018
Arkadiusz Olech

6. Distortion

Distortion is never a serious problem when it comes to long fixed focal length telephoto lenses. In the case of the Nikkor 5.6/500 PF that aberration is corrected in a practically perfect way. On the smaller sensor of the Nikon D500 you deal with a slight pincushion variation of +0.19%. It increases on full frame to +0.39%. Both these values are very low, brushing against zero within the margin of error. It means distortion won’t be visible in real life photos for sure.

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