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Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2 Planar

Aperture Series: Bristlecone, Earth Shadow Rises (Sony A7R)

By shooting at 50mm, relatively normal perspective can be kept, as well as a narrower field of view, desirable for framing this spectacular Bristlecone Pine. It is a portrait in every sense of the word, even though it is a tree.

Bristlecone, Earth Shadow Rises

ACR 8.7.1 (311): ACR settings, Camera Profile = Camera Standard. Contrast control used to contain highlights and open shadows.

This series shows a very real world “deep 3D” subject where one might be fighting light and thus have to choose a wider aperture. But as can be seen, the use of aperture f/5.6 or even wider can deliver a very satisfying image, possibly even preferable to the deep depth of field of f/13.

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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.
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  • 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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