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22-megapixel Canon 5D Mark III
Zeiss ZF.2 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar T*

Aperture Series: Blue Doll / Pellegrino (Canon 5D Mark III)

This aperture series evaluates general lens performance at a scale of about 1:13 at a distance of just over 2 meters. See the same comparison using the 36-megapixel Nikon D800E.

Also (in DAP), see the matched comparison of the Canon 5D Mark III vs Nikon D800 in which the possible limitations of the D800E sensor design as a factor in limiting out of focus sharpness.

Sharpening

Apertures f/2 - f/8 received the same level of sharpening, with apertures f/11 - f/16 receiving increased sharpening as per the technique described in Mitigating Micro Contrast Losses from Diffraction Blur, in Making Sharp Images.

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