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Leica M10-R
Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon

Aperture Series: Animal Tracks near Snowy Creek, Lundy Canyon (Leica M10-R)

This series from f/1.4 through f/11 examines imaging performance of the Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon focused at medium distance distance through an intermediate zone with strong demands on near to far depth of field.

Includes images from f/1.4 through f/11 at up to full resolution, as well as a 3-frame focus stack at f/9, plus crops.

Animal Tracks near Snowy Creek, Lundy Canyon

Adobe Camera Raw View ACR settings. Diffraction mitigating sharpening for f/9 (modest). Vignetting correction.

Focus was near center, which leaves both the background and foreground well out of focus, showing us secondary color aberrations plainly—the far background has plenty of magenta/green color bokeh, which mostly cleans up by f/2.8. At wider apertures, the foreground has some magenta tinge and the background a greenish tinge—always the case for any lens which is less than a very highly corrected APO lens, which the ZM 35/1.4 is not.

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Diglloyd Guide to LEICA contains in-depth coverage of Leica M system cameras and lenses, with additional coverage of Leica M Monochrom, Leica Q.

Special emphasis is placed on Leica M lenses and certain Zeiss ZM lenses.

  • Make better images by learning how to get the best results right away.
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  • Jaw-dropping image quality found nowhere else utilizing Retina-grade images up to full camera resolution, plus large crops [past 2 years or so].
  • Real world examples with insights found nowhere else. Make sharper images just by understanding lens behavior you won’t read about elsewhere.
  • 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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