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

9 November 2018
Arkadiusz Olech

6. Distortion

While testing a telephoto lens you don’t expect any noticeable distortion problems. On the other hand the zoom ratio of this hyper-telephoto Sigma (10x) is so high that the task before the optics constructors could hardly be called easy.

If you focus on the smaller APS-C/DX sensor the distortion problems seem practically imperceptible. The results we got at 60, 100, 200, 300, 400 and 600 mm are as follows: -0.75%, -0.03%, +0.20%, +0.24%, +0.28%, +0.30%. In the 100-600 mm range you don’t have the smallest chances to notice any deformations because all of them amount to, within the margin of error, zero. If you look carefully only the 60 mm focal length shows some slightly noticeable barrel distortion.

On full frame the 60 mm focal length again fares the worst with a result of -1.77%, quite high for a telephoto lens. Overall, though, when it comes to absolute terms all these values are lower than 2% and they should be considered just moderate.


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The increase of the focal length makes our distortion problems end completely. At 100 mm we got -0.08%, at 200 mm the aberration was +0.44%, at 300 mm +0.54%, at 400 mm +0.67% and at 600 mm its level amounted to +0.71%.

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Canon 5D Mark III, 200 mm
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Canon 5D Mark III, 400 mm
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Canon 5D Mark III, 600 mm
Sigma S 60-600 mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM - Distortion