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- Sony Alpha NEX-5R
- While this inexpensive mirrorless is marketed as entry-level, performance and image quality are anything but.
Sony Alpha NEX-5R Digital Camera Review$749.99
Fringing is most prevalent in situations where the glass is stressed to its limit. For the kit lens' design, this means close focal lengths combined with narrow apertures, as well as medium focal lengths combined with wide apertures. In such cases chromatic aberration can average more than 1.5 pixels on a given edge. Otherwise, fringing generally hovers around 1 pixel.
While shooting with the kit lens, there are some ways to reduce chromatic aberration if it's a concern. Most obvious is chromatic aberration correction, which is available in-camera. But that's a software enhancement, to actually prevent the lens from fringing, keep important subjects centered and use telephoto focal lengths, both of which seem to reduce the effect.
Again, a menu option exists in-camera that will eliminate almost all radial distortion, so take our results with a grain of salt. That being said, we recorded severe distortion from the kit lens without corrective software. At the closest focal length, the lens produces a whopping 3.48% barrel distortion, before dropping off to pincushion distortion of 2.86% and 1.40% percent at 35mm and 55mm respectively.