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Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G

Aperture Series: Sidelit Barn at DeChambeau Ranch (Nikon D800E)

This aperture series includes subject matter that is particularly suitable for evaluating image sharpness across the frame and its relation to field curvature. Also, color fringing is put to the test.

The scene is near infinity focus, and it gives us a good idea of sharpness and contrast and field flatness and color aberrations across the aperture range on a very demanding subject.

The 36-megapixel Nikon D800E is a demanding camera for optics, and it’s clear that the 24/1.4G is a very good lens, but it has about reached its limits on the D800E sensor.

Raw conversion

Converted with Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) settings as shown below. A touch of Clarity was used to deliver a result equivalent to my perception at the time. Clarity is a form of additional sharpening.

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