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Nikon D810
Nikon AF-S 105mm f/1.4 ED

Aperture Series: Lundy Canyon Meadow, Pre-Dawn (Nikon D810)

This aperture series from f/1.4 through f/11 shows the remarkable subject separation potential at f/1.4 at 105mm along with the progression in depth of field with stopping down. The subject matter also precisely reveals sharpness and field curvature characteristics across the frame by virtue of the fine grasses.

In addition to the aperture series, a 2-frame focus stacked image at f/9 is included for comparison with f/8 and /f11.

Three full-resolution crops across the entire frame are included at all apertures, at top, center and bottom of the frame, so that insight into the performance can be fully appreciated.

Lundy Canyon Meadow, Pre-Dawn

Adobe Camera Raw 9.7.0 (668): view ACR settings. Camera Profile=Adobe Standard. Diffraction mitigating sharpening used for f/8 and f/9 and f/11. Color balance has been warmed considerably; the canyon shade was quite cool (blue).

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