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Sigma S 60-600 mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM

9 November 2018
Maciej Latałło

5. Chromatic and spherical aberration

Chromatic aberration

As you can notice glancing at images shown below the Sigma S 60–600 mm doesn’t have any problems with correcting longitudinal chromatic aberration. At 200 and 600 mm focal lengths you can’t spot any traces of it and at 400 mm it is only slightly noticeable because blurry areas are slightly tinted. Still the problem is not big or even moderate so the performance of the lens should be assessed positively here.

Sigma S 60-600 mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM - Chromatic and spherical aberration

Sigma S 60-600 mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM - Chromatic and spherical aberration


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Sigma S 60-600 mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM - Chromatic and spherical aberration

Now let’s check the performance concerning lateral chromatic aberration – graphs below show it on the edge of the APS-C/DX sensor and on the edge of full frame.

Sigma S 60-600 mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM - Chromatic and spherical aberration

Sigma S 60-600 mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM - Chromatic and spherical aberration


In this place the high zoom ratio makes itself felt – the difference between particular focal lengths is pronounced, more noticeable than in the case of lenses such as e.g. the Tamron SP 150–600 mm f/5–6.3 Di VC USD, the Sigma S 150–600 mm f/5–6.3 DG OS HSM or the Nikkor AF-S 200–500 mm f/5.6E ED VR. It should be mentioned that the 60 mm focal length, with its weak performance, is mainly responsible for this result. In the 100-600 mm range the aberration shouldn’t bother you at all because its values are low or very low, similar to the values of the rivals at respective focal lengths. However, it would be difficult to criticize the lens for any slip-up; it fares weaker than its competitors only at the focal length they don’t include in their ranges…

Canon 5D III, RAW, 60 mm, f/4.5 Canon 5D III, RAW, 200 mm, f/11.0
Sigma S 60-600 mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM - Chromatic and spherical aberration Sigma S 60-600 mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM - Chromatic and spherical aberration


Spherical aberration

First images of this chapter don’t feature any ‘focus shift’ effect at any presented focal length. Circles of light we got before and after the focus aren’t perhaps completely identical but the differences between them aren’t pronounced, concerning mainly the intensity of the rim. You can say the tested Sigma doesn’t have any noticeable problems related to spherical aberration.

Canon 5D III, 60 mm, f4.5, in front of Canon 5D III, 60 mm, f/4.5, behind
Sigma S 60-600 mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM - Chromatic and spherical aberration Sigma S 60-600 mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM - Chromatic and spherical aberration
Canon 5D III, 300 mm, f/5.6, in front of Canon 5D III, 300 mm, f/5.6, behind
Sigma S 60-600 mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM - Chromatic and spherical aberration Sigma S 60-600 mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM - Chromatic and spherical aberration
Canon 5D III, 600 mm, f/6.3, in front of Canon 5D III, 600 mm, f/6.3, behind
Sigma S 60-600 mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM - Chromatic and spherical aberration Sigma S 60-600 mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM - Chromatic and spherical aberration