PL 15mm Astrophotography Issue

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by, Apr 15, 2018 at 7:27 PM.

  1. New to Mu-43

    So, I've recently purchased a Panasonic Leica 15mm f1.7 for landscape astro.

    There is some noticeable C.A. appearing as purple halos around large stars.
    Image shown is 100% crop, about half way from center to edge.

    Image data: Oly E-M10 II, PL 1.7/15mm @ f1.7, 15s, ISO 1600

    Can anyone provide advice on the most likely reason for the severe C.A.?
    1) That is a normal amount of C.A. for a lens wide open
    2) The PL 15mm corrects C.A. badly
    3) The PL 15mm has bad C.A. when used on Olympus bodies
    4) Image is a mis-focus
    5) I have a faulty lens copy
    6) Something else?
  2. wjiang

    wjiang Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    The PL15 has bad purple haloes around bright light sources (especially when out of focus) when used on an Olympus body, due to weaker UV filtering on said bodies.
  3. New to Mu-43

    Thanks for your reply.
    Is it all Panasonic lenses on Olympus bodies that have this issue, or just the PL 15mm?
  4. Vivalo

    Vivalo Olympus loser Subscribing Member

    Nov 16, 2010
    It is very common at least...
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  5. New to Mu-43

    Which other lenses are likely to perform better for landscape astro?
    Oly 12mm f2
    Oly 8mm f1.8
    Samyang 12mm f2 (bad QC?)
    Laowa 7.5mm (bad coma?)
    Sigma 16mm f1.4
  6. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Legend

    If that is true, can you use a HQ UV filter on the front of the lens to compensate?
  7. wjiang

    wjiang Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    I hadn't considered that. Not sure what frequencies would need to be filtered.
  8. Turbofrog

    Turbofrog Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 21, 2014
    The difference in UV-cut on the Panasonic vs. Olympus sensors is basically equivalent to a Haze 2A or 2E (from Wratten, Tiffen, or Formatt) or a B+W 420.

    However, one downside of this filtration is that these filters are apparently not coated, so they reduce transmission somewhat. Which is not great for astrophotography, obviously, where you always need as wide an aperture as you can possibly get.