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Comparison: 35/1.4G vs 35/1.4 AI-S vs Voigtlander Ultra 40/2 (Dolls)

This pages studies three ~ 35mm lenses:

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The 36-megapixel Nikon D800 was used as shown below at a distance of ~95 cm subject to film plane distance. This is a tight head-and-shoulders portrait distance, far from macro range. The frame covers about 30 X 20 inches (76 X 51 cm), depending on framing of each series, making for a reproduction ratio of about 1:21.

Focus was on the eyes of Miss Checkerboard, with the ruler as a reference point for observing the amount of focus shift. The doll’s eyes correspond to the “14” mark on the ruler.

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