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42MP Sony A7R II
Zeiss Batis 135mm f/2.8 APO-Sonnar

Aperture Series: Empty Bench at Night

IBIS off. Long exposure noise reduction off. Shot with pre-production sample.

This medium distance scene was shot under harsh artificial night light. The fine reddish wood grain of the bench makes a good place to assess sharpness and the background gives us a look at bokeh with specular reflections.

Empty Bench at Night

Adobe Camera Raw 9.8.0.692. View ACR settings. Camera Profile = Adobe Standard.

What strikes me here is the ability of the Batis 135/2.8 to deliver outstanding lens contrast that makes the bench stand out distinctly from its surroundings. Even the fine moss and dirt on the side board and the scraggly plants under the bench are rendered in an extremely lifelike manner.

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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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