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36-megapixel Nikon D800E
Carl Zeiss ZF.2 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar T*
Zeiss ZF.2 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar T*

Aperture Series (D800E, Dolls)

This aperture series evaluates general lens performance at a scale of about 1:10.

Focusing was a joy— in magnified Live View on the 36-megapixel Nikon D800E, there was absolutely no sign of any veiling haze. The image is very high contrast and remarkably clear wide open at ƒ/2.

Aperture series

The camera was tilted down to the subject so that the nominal plane of focus cuts through the eyes of the central doll into the flag in the background.

Aside from the natural and expected depth of field and vignetting changes with stopping down, what one might observe is a remarkable consistency across the aperture range.

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