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

Aperture Series: White Truck at Night

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

This distance scene shows finely etched detail under night conditions. The Zeiss Batis 135mm f/2.8 APO-Sonnar seems to peer into darkness of the deep shadows under the truck all while handling the white bulk of it.

White Truck

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

Depth of field is shallow at f/2.8, but near where focused (door of truck or thereabouts), detail is razor sharp wide open at f/2.8. See for example, the “Certified Clean Idle” sticker, where if only the sensor had more resolution a bar code scanner could read the bar code! Similarly, the front bumper sticker with the word “Attention” not quite resolvable—because the sensor doesn’t have the pixels—dang! Ditto for the blue/red sticker just behind the cab. The glass and metal and rubber everywhere in these areas is stunning in its extremely high micro contrast—world class.

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