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Leica M240
Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon

Aperture Series: Big Leaf Maple (M240)

This series gives sense of the general rendering style, contrast, color saturation and bokeh of the Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon. Also, sharpness cuts like a knife through the 3D scene, though it degrades from wind on the leaves at the slower shutter speeds.

Big Leaf Maple

No camera lens correction / lens coding.
ACR settings, Process 2012 Camera Profile = Embedded

Lighting was varying (darkening) steadily; some adjustments were made with a +2 stop push for the f/11 frame. Color rendition varied with lighting (green to magenta and some of this color shift is due to sensor interaction from ray angle).

Wide open at f/1.4, the eye is drawn to the center by vignetting, a classic use for for an f/1.4 lens. But the dominant effect that is striking is the very high contrast and color saturation wide open. This is at the least the match of any and every Leica M Summilux, if not superior.

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  • Aperture series from wide open through stopped down, showing the full range of lens performance and bokeh.
  • Optical quality analysis of field curvature, focus shift, sharpness, flare, distortion, and performance in the field.

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