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42-megapixel Sony A7R III
Zeiss Loxia 21mm f/2.8 Distagon

Aperture Series: Rock Creek

This series evaluates lens performance in a very high contrast scene with great near-to-far depth.

Includes images from f/2.8 through f/11 at up to full camera resolution. Due to the high image contrast, this image is best viewed on an iMac 5K or similar.

Rock Creek

Adobe Camera Raw 10.5.0.1001: view ACR settings, Camera Profile = Adobe Color. Diffraction mitigating sharpening for f/9 (minimal) and f/11. Vignetting corrected in order to reduce overall contrast. Zeiss polarizer used at partial polarization.

Overall, the lens delivers outstanding very high contrast that in this scene maxes-out the dynamic range of the Sony A7R III such that a small amount of the brightest areas had to be “let go” to achieve a natural look in the finished image (although the exposure itself.

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