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Zeiss Loxia 85mm f/2.4: Focus Stacking with Moving Water, and Other Examples

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This 3-frame focus stack was the only way to render sharpness near to far; even f/16 would badly blurred near or far, let alone the destructive effects of diffraction at f/16. Perhaps a tilt lens might have done the job, but that would have meant Nikon or Canon and an adapter and performance notably lower to start with.

On my in-progress examples pages:

Zeiss Loxia 85mm f/2.4 Examples: Examples: Tenaya Lake Area (Sony A7R II)

Zeiss Loxia 85mm f/2.4 Examples: Examples: Lundy Canyon, Snow and Sun (Sony A7R II)

You have to see the 28-megapixel version on an iMac 5K to appreciate it. The depth of field here is an outstanding demonstration on what can be done at 85mm for landscape. Never before have I succeeded at making an image sharp near to far like this at 85mm; focus stacking gets it done.

There are always small losses with focus stacking, but the very high contrast of the Loxia 85/2.4 keeps things at a high grade. Aperture f/11 was used here to keep the stack to only 3 frames. The Zeiss Loxia 85/2.4 is a wonderful lens for outdoor work at 85mm: compact and relatively lightweight and with outstanding performance.

Tenaya Creek
f11 @ 1.0 sec focus stack 3 frames, ISO 100; 2016-11-13 17:54:07
Sony A7R II + Zeiss Loxia 85mm f/2.4 Sonnar

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Lundy Creek
f11 @ 1/5 sec focus stack 3 frames, ISO 100; 2016-11-16 12:16:07
Sony A7R II + Zeiss Loxia 85mm f/2.4 Sonnar

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Tenaya Creek Glacial Erratic and Glacial Polish
f9 @ 1/160 sec focus stack 2 frames, ISO 100; 2016-11-13 14:37:38
Sony A7R II + Zeiss Loxia 85mm f/2.4 Sonnar

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