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24-120 S barrel distortion

Started 2 months ago | Discussions thread
AlanWatson Contributing Member • Posts: 664
Re: Completely eliminating barrel can have undesired effects

camelguy wrote:

Thanks Marianne. It just seemed weird to me since the distortion seems a bit more pronounced than with my f-mount 24-120 - despite the S lens being plainly better in every other way.

Lens design is a balancing act between many different variables, and with several of the Z lenses Nikon have given themselves more freedom to optimise other parameters by bothering less about distortion and using software to correct this. A 5x wide-to-tele zoom is a challenge for distortion anyway, so with the approach they've been taking lately I don't find it at all surprising that this one has substantial distortion.

What's more surprising is that you can see it, given the software corrections they employ and that I've not noticed others reporting this.

 AlanWatson's gear list:AlanWatson's gear list
Nikon Z7 II Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm F1.8G Nikon AP-F 70-300mm F4.5-5.6E Nikon Z 14-30mm F4 Nikon Z 24-200mm F4-6.3 VR +1 more
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