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Sony A7R III
Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D

Aperture Series: Train Boxcar, Oblique View

This aperture series serves two purposes

First, it demonstrates the sharpness limitations of the Venus Optics for the Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D.

Second, it shows that zero or near-zero optical distortion coupled with leveling the camera can produce an image in which the only “distortion” is so-called perspective distortion*, which is not distortion at all, but rather the inverse square law of light, gravity, etc.

* Perspective distortion has nothing to do with focal length, being dependent only on the distance of the entrance pupil of the lens to the subject matter. In other words, a 400mm lens and a 15mm lens have exactly the same perspective at the same distance, though obviously the 400mm image would be greatly magnified, hence the confusion about perspective by most photographers.

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  • 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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