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Distortion at 35mm

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Mouse over the image below to compare. Both zooms show faint pincushion distortion (bowing inwards), typical for a zoom lens at its long end. But it is so low it can be ignore.

The 35/1.4L shows barrel distortion (bowing out), which is also typical for a 35mm prime lens. Overall distortion is lower with the zoom lenses than with the 35/1.4L.

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