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Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon
Leica M240
Leica 50mm ƒ/2 APO-Summicron-M ASPH
Leica 50mm ƒ/2 APO-Summicron-M ASPH

Aperture Series: Water Bottles on Shelf (M240)

June 2013 50/2 APO, which suffered from poor flare control.

Shot using the 24-megapixel Leica M Typ 240.

This simple still-life shows a hallmark of the 50/2 APO ASPH: a remarkable high contrast clarity. This clarity is due to three things: (1) a high level of color correction, (2) very high micro contrast and (3) a very low level of other optical aberrations. The image really “pops”.

Water bottles on shelf

Observe that the magenta/green secondary longitudinal chromatic aberration seen on the background bottle cleans up nicely at ƒ/4, but it is ƒ/5.6 that delivers an image that looks fully neutral.

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