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Sigma FE 35mm f/2 DG DN Contemporary: Distortion

I’m hoping to get the Sony FE 35mm f/1.4 GM and the Voigtlander FE 35mm f/2 APO-Lanthar soon, so I can compare them together with the Sigma FE 35mm f/2 DG DN Contemporary.

Sigma FE 35mm f/2 DG DN Contemporary: Distortion

Includes corrected vs uncorrected images as well as crops showing the loss of outer-zone sharpness from distortion correction.

I’m getting tired of marketing claims about how the blah blah optical blah minimizes distortion (Nikon masters this deception with the Nikkor Z lenses). It’s about time that lens manufacturers were held to account for claims that stretch the limits of credulity. “Minimize” as compared to what, a fisheye lens or the Leica Q? And while conflating optical aberrations with distortion. Add in the fraud of publishing MTF charts that do not account for distortion correction... what a mess.

[Sigma 35/2 DG DN] In terms of the optical design, three aspherical elements and one SLD element are used to minimize a variety of aberrations and distortion...

OTOH, the target market for the Sigma 35/2 and similar lenses probably don’t care too much about outer-zone sharpness, and sometimes distortion correction can be skipped. And Tigger thinks the whole thing is much less interesting than lizards (below).

f8 @ 1/200 sec, ISO 100; 2021-04-24 13:06:12
Sony A1 + Sigma FE 35mm f/2 DG DN Contemporary
RAW: LACA corrected, vignetting corrected, +20 Whites, +15 Clarity

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Tigger hoping for a play date with a lizard
f2.5 @ 1/1250 sec handheld, ISO 100; 2021-04-24 13:01:34
Sony A1 + Sigma FE 35mm f/2 DG DN Contemporary
RAW: LACA corrected, vignetting corrected, +20 Whites, +15 Clarity

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