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Canon 5DS R
Canon 35mm f/1.4L II

Aperture Series: Golden Glint on Blue Water

This page looks at image contrast in a challenging lighting situation: bluish light at dusk with a golden reflection off the water from the last rays of sunshine on high peaks in the distance.

Golden Glint on Blue Water

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The lens must hold high contrast over the frame to make a persuasive image. It does so admirably.

To make it work visually, color aberrations must be held in strict control, along with spherical aberration. In peripheral areas, various other aberrations must be held in check. Performance has some weaknesses, but the best way to evaluate this kind of image is simply to look at it—and it works well.

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Diglloyd DAP is DSLR-oriented, but also contains workflow and other topics. Much of the focus is on Canon and Nikon but also Pentax and Pentax medium format.

Special emphasis is placed on lens evaluation, focusing on Canon and Nikon and Sigma lenses, but with a few others like Rokinon/Samyang.

  • Make better images by learning how to get the best results right away.
  • Save money by choosing the right lens for your needs the first time, particularly some of the new Sigma Art lenses vs Nikon and Canon.
  • Workflow discusses image organization, raw conversion and post processing. Many examples show processing parameters for direct insight into how the image was converted.
  • Jaw-dropping image quality found nowhere else utilizing Retina-grade images up to full camera resolution, plus large crops [past 2 years or so].
  • 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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Aperture series 1.4,2,2.8,4,5.6,8,13 available in full article

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