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Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.4G

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Reindeer Bokeh

The images shown here were all processed identically in Capture NX2 using a white balance of Incandescent with Picture Control = Standard. Noise reduction, Vignetting Correction, Auto Color Aberration were all disabled.

The purpose of these images is to show the image rendition in terms of coma, sagittal coma flare, and other aberrations, as well as flare and bokeh as the lens is stopped down. The results offer great insight into what kind of sharpness and contrast can be expected for everyday images, because the “smearing” of point light sources into blobs translates directly into contrast: the so-called point spread function.

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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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