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Nikon AF-S Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G

Aperture Series: DeChambeau Ranch 'Garage at Dusk' (D800E)

This lens rendering series is at far distance, and is particularly well suited to showing the peripheral depth of field and focus shift effects that can delay gains in sharpness at the periphery to the distance.

DeChambeau 'garage'

Nov 9 2013 — Daylight fades with a chilly breeze at DeChambeau Ranch.

ACR 8.4.1 (200): ACR settings, Camera Profile = Camera Standard

Overall results are very pleasing, very nice indeed. The lens has nothing to apologize for in delivering a wonderful rendition. Note how the use of f/4 delivers a nicely balanced combination of high sharpness but not too much depth of field to the distant trees, which maintains a 3D separation. Stopping down to f/5.6 maintains much of this effect; f/8 starts to lose it—which is not to say it is worse—that depends on the desired style.

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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.
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  • 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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