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Leica 21mm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH

Vignetting: 21/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH

The change in field illumination is all but done by f/2.8. All that remains is the natural vignetting governed by optical laws for this kind of lens construction.

From f/2.8 to f/5.6, there is no change except in the extreme corners; f/2.8 has eliminated all but a faint trace of optical vignetting in the extreme corners, with only natural vignetting remaining (cos^4 law, reflection of the sensor, distance/angle).

See also the Color Shading page.

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Vignetting of the Leica 21mm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH
Leica M9 + Leica 21mm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH @ f/1.4, 1/4000 sec handheld, ISO 80

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