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Nikon Nikkor Z 50 mm f/1.8 S

19 February 2020
Maciej Lata││o

5. Chromatic and spherical aberration

Chromatic aberration

Many fast Nikkors have experienced some problems with longitudinal chromatic aberration but – what's interesting – that problem didn't concern the cheap Nikkor AF-S 50ámm f/1.8G. The new Nikkor Zá50ámm f/1.8áS follows that good example because, in its case, colouring of out-of-focus images might be called negligible. It's worth mentioning that in this category the tested lens wins the duel with the Sony Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* FEá55ámm f/1.8áZA hands down.

Nikon Nikkor Z 50 mm f/1.8 S - Chromatic and spherical aberration


The situation with lateral chromatic aberration looks even better – the performance of the tested lens, depending on the detector and aperture values, presents a graph below.

Nikon Nikkor Z 50 mm f/1.8 S - Chromatic and spherical aberration


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The results are simply sensational. A level of 0.01-0.02% can only be called very low and you get it in the majority of cases. Practically it means that even in the most extreme settings you won't be able to notice chromatic aberration in your photos. A round of applause!

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Nikon Nikkor Z 50 mm f/1.8 S - Chromatic and spherical aberration Nikon Nikkor Z 50 mm f/1.8 S - Chromatic and spherical aberration


Spherical aberration

In first photos from this chapter it would be difficult to notice any traces of 'focus shift' effect and defocused circles of light are quite similar, with barely perceivable differences. Both these factors and the fact that the resolution by f/1.8 and f/2.0 remains really high allow us to state that spherical aberration is corrected properly well.

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Nikon Nikkor Z 50 mm f/1.8 S - Chromatic and spherical aberration Nikon Nikkor Z 50 mm f/1.8 S - Chromatic and spherical aberration