Lens Aberrations Explained

Lens Aberrations Defined

In lots of our lens evaluations we discuss sure sorts of aberrations, so this text shall provide you with an summary of typical lens aberrations, inform you in what lenses to come across them and the way to deal with them.

We might publish one other article sooner or later that can go additional into element, not solely naming the aberrations, however speaking about what causes them.

Description: Straight strains within the image usually are not straight however curved or bent.

Widespread drawback in: zoom lenses and huge angle primes

Answer: “uniform” barrel or pincushion distortion could be simply corrected. For complicated/wavy distortion although, lens correction profiles are necessary, however not each correction profile works completely at each focusing distance.

Trivia: for right now’s digital images many lens producers determined to appropriate this in submit processing

Description: While you shoot a flat scene there’s a dip in decision/distinction in part of the body, e.g. the midframe space or the corners. Within the instance above you possibly can see a lens that has increased nook decision than midframe decision.

Widespread drawback in: huge angle lenses, some quick lenses

Answer: stopping down will often scale back the sphere curvature. With some lenses specializing in the midframe as an alternative of the middle may also enhance outcomes.

Trivia: often a giant drawback when utilizing small rangefinder huge angle lenses on a Sony digital camera.

Gentle Falloff

Description: Decrease publicity within the corners in comparison with the middle of the body.

Widespread drawback in: huge angle lenses, quick lenses

Answer: with most lenses stopping down will scale back the sunshine falloff (with very small lenses there are generally solely minor enhancements)

Nook publicity could be lifted in submit processing e.g. in Lightroom. For widespread lenses there are profiles out there. Correcting this in submit can result in elevated noise within the corners!

Trivia: again within the movie days you may purchase heart filters to scale back the sunshine falloff of your huge angle lenses.

Lateral CA

Crop from nook area of the body

Description: the completely different colour channels present completely different distortion patterns. Normally this results in outlining on edges of excessive distinction that will get stronger the farther you progress away from the middle.

Widespread drawback in: huge angle lenses, older tele lenses with out ED parts, most zoom lenses.

Answer: usually this may be losslessly corrected in submit. Stopping down doesn’t make a distinction to this aberration.

Trivia: Some symmetrical lenses present zero lateral CA.

Longitudinal CA

Description: Longitudinal chromatic aberrations come in numerous kinds the place the commonest are purple fringing (it reveals up near the aircraft in focus) and the “bokeh-CA” or “bokeh fringing” which you will notice within the out of focus areas.

Widespread drawback in: quick lenses

Answer: stopping the lens down will scale back this. You can too attempt to appropriate it in submit, however this is not going to all the time work properly sufficient.

Trivia: Some lenses that carry an “APO”-tag are completely corrected for this aberration and gained’t present any colourful outlining in any respect.

Description: small level gentle sources within the corners of the body usually are not rendered as factors however tackle bizarre shapes as an alternative.

Widespread drawback in: quick huge angle lenses

Answer: stopping the lens down will scale back this

Trivia: if you’re into astrophotography it’s best to care about good coma correction.

Description: away from the middle constructions present double edges that are both radially or tangentially oriented.

Widespread drawback in: quick lenses, huge angle lenses

Answer: often improves on stopping down.

Trivia: it may be tough to differentiate between astigmatism and coma.

Description: While you cease a lens down the aircraft of optimum focus shifts to the entrance or the again.

Widespread drawback in: quick lenses

Answer: first cease the lens down after which focus. Typically it additionally helps to only use f/8.zero to f/11 for this to not be an issue anymore.

Trivia: basic Sonnar lenses are identified to point out a infamous quantity of focus shift.

Description: out of focus gentle circles present onion-ring-like patterns.

Widespread drawback in: some quick lenses with aspherical parts

Answer: none besides for getting a lens with out these points.


Description: colourful artifacts (circles, crescents) within the body

Widespread drawback in: huge angle lenses, zoom lenses, lenses with excessive ingredient rely and large entrance parts

Answer: stopping down might change the form and dimension of the artifacts. Slight reframing can generally assist as properly.

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