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Zeiss Batis 135mm f/2.8 APO-Sonnar

Aperture Series: Globe Lights Against Black Sky

IBIS off. Long exposure noise reduction off. Shot with pre-production sample.

This scene looks at contrast control: lights of large size that are so bright that no detail can be rendered, set against a black sky.

Globe Lights Against Black Sky

Adobe Camera Raw 9.8.0.692. View ACR settings. Camera Profile = Adobe Standard.

Contrast control is essential for a lifelike image. A lens that can hold bright highlights and black blacks delivers an image with “pop”. A lens that cannot do so is not worth shooting for anyone who enjoys visually persuasive imagery. The foregoing holds even under extreme low contrast conditions, such as in the Lone Horse in Snowstorm image made with the Milvus 100/2M.

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Diglloyd Guide to Mirrorless offers comprehensive integrated coverage of most APS-C and full frame mirrorless cameras and lenses.

Special emphasis is placed on Sony full-frame, including Sony lenses and the high performance Zeiss Batis and Zeiss Loxia lenses plus Rokinon/Samyang and others. Fujifilm X, Olympus and Panasonic M4/3, Sigma dp Merrill and dp/sd Quattro are also covered in depth. Years in the making, it offers a wealth of material for choosing and using a mirrorless camera.

  • Make better images by learning how to get the best results right away. For example, the best way to set up your Sony camera.
  • Save money by choosing the right lens for your needs the first time, particularly with the numerous lenses available for Sony.
  • Make better images, a sort of “cheat sheet” saving yourself months or years of ad-hoc learning—best practices and how-to and processing parameters are discussed and shown.
  • Jaw-dropping image quality found nowhere else utilizing Retina-grade images up to 28 megapixels filling up to 5K display, plus large crops.
  • Real world examples with insights found nowhere else. Make sharper images just by understanding lens behavior you won’t read about elsewhere.
  • Aperture series from wide open through stopped down, showing the full range of lens performance and bokeh.
  • Optical quality analysis of field curvature, focus shift, sharpness, flare, distortion, and performance in the field.

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