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47MP Panasonic S1R
Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon

Aperture Series: Walkway through Grass at Night (Panasonic S1R)

Includes images up to full camera resolution, but also 24 megapixel images downsampled from 46.7 megapixels. The 24MP variants are the same resolution as what can be captured on a Leica M240 or Leica M10, helping to provide perspective versus the rangefinder option.

Given the generally miserable performance at wider apertures of Leica M lenses and Zeiss ZM lenses on all mirrorless cameras to date (~April 2019) including the Panasonic S1R as used here, a goal of this series is to show that while impaired, the results can nonetheless be appealing for some types of images, and with stopping down the results can become quite strong, at least with lenses like the Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon. See MTF on Mirrorless Cameras.

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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, Leica SL.

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.
  • Save money by choosing the right lens for your needs the first time, particularly the Summilux/Summicron/Elmarit choice and/or Zeiss ZM.
  • Make better images, a sort of “cheat sheet” saving yourself months or years of ad-hoc learning. Processing parameters are discussed and shown.
  • 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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