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36-megapixel Nikon D800E
Zeiss ZF.2 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar T*

Max Detail Aperture Series: Mosaic (Nikon D800E)

This aperture series evaluates general lens performance near infinity focus on a geometrically planar target.

Focusing was a joy— in magnified Live View on the 36-megapixel Nikon D800E using a high quality loupe, the micro contrast wide open at f/2 dispels any doubt about peak focus. The image is very high contrast and remarkably clear wide open at f/2.


Unlike most series shot on this mosaic which are framed short of the edges, this series is shot wider to include the background; this makes the small tiles of the mosaic even smaller than usual. Micro contrast on the tile grout boundaries approaches ~1 pixel, so it is an extremely demanding test for a lens, both in detail and in the geometrically plane subject matter. The Nikon D800E used here was back from Nikon and stated to be adjusted as close to perfect as possible.

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