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Leica M240
Leica 28mm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH

Aperture Series: Church At Night (M240)

While outstanding in overall visual impact, this series also assesses weaknesses of the Leica 28mm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH including color aberrations and field curvature.

Church At Night

Adobe Camera Raw 9.1.1 (461). ACR settings. Camera Profile = Embedded. Contrast control used to make image much more interesting.

Focused at f/1.4 at maximum magnification using the EVF.

Overall visual impact is excellent. But with focus all the way on the face of the mosaic (two leading figures, which is quite distant), one might hope that wide open or shortly thereafter that the entire face of the church would be sharp. But this is not so: the entire center section of the mosaic goes soft, then the farthest area goes sharp again. The effects of this field curvature can be confirmed by observing that the tile roof is sharp in these same mid zones: the field curves forward in the mid zone area (12mm offset in the MTF chart, see f/2.8) that not until f/8 is the mosaic fully crisp! Had I been aware of this behavior prior, I would have focused deeper into the scene to balance the focus across the church and mosaic. This may have helped a great deal.

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