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Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art

Aperture Series: Mid-Creek Boulder (Nikon D810)

This series looks at brilliance and contrast from f/1.8 through f/11.

Images presented at up to full 36 megapixel resolution from the Nikon D810.

Mid-Creek Boulder

Adobe Camera Raw view ACR settings. Camera Profile=Adobe Standard. No lens corrections used. Diffraction mitigating sharpening for f/9 and f/11.

Brilliance (high micro contrast coupled with high contrast overall) makes for an eye-popping result wide open at f/1.8 in the in-focus area near the bottom of the boulder. Probably this could have been shot as a focus stack at f/4.5 or even f/2.8 so as to obtain a 2-frame extremely sharp and brilliant stack which retains the water motion detail, but I did not do so.

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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 28 megapixels filling up to 5K display, 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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