35-105mm Chromatic Aberration?

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Hi. Using a drugstore lab for quick travel shots I noticed quite a bit of chromatic aberration (red separation out of white usually) with my 35-105mm/3.5. But when I look at scans from my slides using same lens, I don't see any. And I always hear everyone saying how good is their 35-105mm/3.5.

So is it possible that one lab can produce more chromatic aberration than others? Did any one found excessive chromatic aberration with 35-105mm/3.5? Or could it be that with some films it can produce more?

Thank you.

-- Pil Joo (gjoo@po-box.mcgill.ca), August 17, 2000


I would say to have those shots printed at good lab. If the lab is using a analog system (optical enlargement) their lens could be giving the aberration.

I have not noticed any chromatic aberration with my 35-105 with slide or print film.

-- Terry Carraway (TCarraway@compuserve.com), August 18, 2000.

Well to produce a print (conventionally) you need a lens. This lens could be the source of any number of aberrations. I would trust the slides, assuming the subject has a similar contrast. You could also try reprinting your negs at a lab you trust.

-- Roger Broadbent (roger_broadbent@yahoo.co.uk), August 18, 2000.

If your slide don't show any chromatic aberration, your lens is free from chromatic aberration.

Cheers, Hans

-- Hans H. Siegrist (hans.siegrist@ne.ch), August 25, 2000.

Canon lenses are remarkably free of those nasty old chromatic distortions and a lot of distortions. Zoom lenses like yours may have a touch of barrel distortion, but not what you see,or think you see. Keep out of the drugstores. Rhue.

-- Rhue Lovelaw (dustbunny@hotmail.com), November 30, 2000.


I have had this problem with the same lens - and others - when the prints have been done at a 'cheap and cheerful' processor.

Get them reprinted at a quality processor and you should see a dramatic improvement as your lens is capable of producing excellent results.

-- Mark Drinkwater (mark_drinkwater@hotmail.com), January 22, 2001.

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