Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8 USM L - Review / Test Report - Analysis
Lens Reviews -
Canon EOS (APS-C)
Wednesday, 26 December 2007 04:06
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The level of distortion is very low for a standard zoom lens with
slight barrel distortion at 28mm and marginal pincushion distortion
The chart above has a real-world size of about 120x80cm. Possibly expect more distortions towards closer focus distances.
On APS-C DSLRs vignetting is extremely low and not field relevant at any
focal length and aperture.
In the lab the lens showed a very good to excellent performance across the range.
In fact it proved to be slightly better than its successor here which may
originate in the slightly reduced range. And it's truly as good as many
fix-focals in its range which is quite baffling.
Below is a simplified summary of the formal findings. The chart shows line widths
per picture height (LW/PH) which can be taken as a measure for sharpness.
If you want to know more about the MTF50 figures you may check out the corresponding
The lens produced a medium degree of chromatic aberrations (color shadows at harsh
contrast transitions) at the image borders. CAs are most pronounced at 28mm and 40mm
where the average CA pixel width is around 1 pixel at the worst. At 70mm the problem
is little reduced. Overall this is a decent performance for a zoom lens.
Please note that CAs can be (auto-)corrected via imaging tools.