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Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM S

Symmetry Across the Frame

Even the very best lenses can show asymmetries and these can change with minor focus differences: as elements rotate with focusing (or zooming), maintaining perfect symmetry is an elusive goal and perfection is likely reserved for cine lenses.

Very few lenses can achieve perfection on such a test and sample variation makes any conclusion about a lens design inappropriate. All that can really be said is that a particular examples has this or that weakness (at this or that focal length and focusing distance).

See for example, the Leica 180mm f/3.5 APO-Elmar-S cxample, noting that is is a expensive high-end prime lens with an asymmetry. If such lenses have symmetry weaknesses, how can we expect a varifocal lens costing half as much to be perfect?

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f/2.8 @ 354 seconds, ISO 100 +1.0 push
Canon 5D Mark III + Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM S

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