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Sony A7R II
Sony / Zeiss FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA

Examples @ f/1.4: Metal, Backlighting and More (Sony A7R II)

These examples were selected to evaluate performance for color correction, bokeh and sharpness at f/1.4 with challenging subject matter. The lighting is not enticing, but the results are instructive nonetheless.

The images are presented with minimal tweaking so as to show the native lens performance. Some of them have a very wide range of brightness, so much so that the A7R II at ISO 100 is quite noisy in dark areas; exposure and processing was for the highlights.

Adobe Camera Raw 9.6.1 (631). Chromatic aberration is corrected via an embedded profile for both lenses, as enforced without recourse by ACR.

All images focused with manual focus.

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