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Sony A7R II
Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM

Aperture Series: Yellow Bike at Night

This night-time scene evaluates the juxtaposition of sharpness and bokeh using a mid-range and close-range example.

The Sony 85mm f/1.4 GM offers a lovely drawing style. It may well deserve the title of “king of bokeh” in the 85mm realm, particularly for those who favor moderate micro contrast at f/1.4.

Yellow Bike #1

Adobe Camera Raw 9.5 (585). View ACR Settings. Camera Profile = Adobe Standard. All Lens Comp adjustments disabled in the camera, but chromatic aberration is corrected via an embedded profile, enforced without recourse by ACR.

As noted in the mosaic series, f/1.4 was cheated by 1/3 stop exposure (f/1.4 @ 3.2 sec vs f/2 @ 8.0 sec), Something odd is going on, perhaps something like Canon silent T-stop compensation so perhaps Sony is playing the same game.

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Special emphasis is placed on Sony full-frame, including Sony lenses and the high performance Zeiss Batis and Zeiss Loxia lenses plus Rokinon/Samyang and others. Fujifilm X, Olympus and Panasonic M4/3, Sigma dp Merrill and dp/sd Quattro are also covered in depth. Years in the making, it offers a wealth of material for choosing and using a mirrorless camera.

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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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