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Sony A7R
Leica 16-18-21mm f/4 Tri-Elmar-M ASPH

Aperture Series, 18mm: California Poppies and Pots (Sony A7R)

Shot on the 36-megapixel Sony A7R (firmware 1.0.2). The shutter vibration issue is not a factor here due to the slow shutter speeds, so this is a “clean” lens evaluation free of camera-induced blur.

f: 4, 5.6, 8, 11, 16
sec: 1.6, 3.2, 6.0, 13.0, 30.0

Visual inspection of the entrance and exit pupils confirms a significantly telecentric (retrofocus) optical design, therefore one might hope for relatively good performance on the Sony A7R in the peripheral areas without excessive stopping down.

Shot at the close focusing limit, performance ought to remain high; as noted by Leica:

A new design of the interior focusing significantly enhances the quality in the close-focus range through an adaptation of the floating element principle.

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