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Sony A7R II
Leica 180mm f/2.8 APO-Elmarit-R ASPH

Aperture Series: Pines in Heavy Snowstorm (M240)

The 180mm focal length is badly neglected by Canon, Nikon, Zeiss and Sigma. The Leica 180mm f/2.8 APO-Elmarit-R can be adapted for Canon, Nikon, Sony, but it is most useful on the Sony A7R II. There is no better solution for the ~180mm range as of early 2016.

Pines in Heavy Snowstorm

Shot with IBIS off on a tripod.

Adobe Camera Raw 9.3.1 (520): ACR settings, Camera Profile = Adobe Standard. Contrast control used to tame the bright sky vs dark foreground.

Diffraction-mitigating sharpening was used for the f/11 frame as per Mitigating Micro Contrast Losses from Diffraction Blur in Making Sharp Images.

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