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Sony NEX-7

Diffraction with ALLVIEW Cameras

Diffraction is a progressive loss of contrast as a lens is stopped down. Diffraction is covered in detail in Making Sharp Images.

In essence, black and white trend to gray more and more as the lens is stopped down, causing a dulling of image contrast, a loss of brilliance. With enough stopping down, fine detail is obliterated. Diffraction is a law of optical physics and affects all lenses, but the best lenses show its signs earlier (they have the “most to lose”).

Diffraction can vary slightly by lens design and by the anti-aliasing filter over the sensor, but these are minor points: at f/5.6 and smaller apertures, the effects begin to accrue. Appropriate deconvolution sharpening (see Making Sharp Images) can mitigate the effects of diffraction somewhat— typically f/11 or so.

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Sony NEX-7 + Zeiss ZF.2 28mm f/2 Distagon

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