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Leica M240
Leica 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux-M

Aperture Series: Propane Tank at Summit (M240)

This example uses an off-center subject, which is less favorable for directing attention than a centered subject at wide apertures.

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Propane tank at radio towers summit

Oct 19, 2013, 16:20. Backup heating or power in the form of propane for this installation of radio towers.

This example points out one “trick” of the vignetting: very bright areas towards and at the periphery are 2-3 stops darker. The f/0.95 image has a full 1.5 stops more exposure value in making the image. Making use of the vignetting this way can keep the image quality higher by not underexposing and generating noise. It can also balance out otherwise difficult contrasts.

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  • Aperture series from wide open through stopped down, showing the full range of lens performance and bokeh.
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