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This series from f/2 through f/11 looks at a host of lens behaviors using a strongly backlit subject in deep shadow. The ability of a lens to maintain contrast in the face of such backlighting is critical to being able to make a faux HDR image using the inherent dynamic range of the camera. The Fujifilm GFX has the requisite dynamic range, but the lens plays the key role in keeping black areas black.
Also looked at here are sharpness and depth of field gains and color correction on out of focus foreground and background.
Detour at Dusk
Adobe Camera Raw 188.8.131.520. View ACR settings. Camera Profile = PROVIA/STANDARD. Diffraction mitigating sharpening used for f/11. Shadows were boosted to +100 to open up shadow areas, and the highlights were pulled down.
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- In-depth lens evaluations covering behaviors not likely to be found anywhere else, based on real-world field shooting.
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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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