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Zeiss Milvus 135mm f/2

Aperture Series: Small Creek Amid Trees (Nikon D810)

The medium distance series cuts through a complex forest scene and shows lens performance from f/2 through f/11.

A lens that is sharp across the field is a big win for outdoor work. Here I might want crisp but not blurred water movement (without raising ISO), or I can trade that off for increased depth of field. The key thing is having a lens that can be shot wide open when needed knowing that image quality while not optimal will nonetheless be excellent.

This image at f/4 was used in my Zeiss Lenspire article Zoom Lens or Prime? 135mm.

Small creek amid trees

Adobe Camera Raw 9.12.0 (784). View ACR Settings. Camera Profile = Adobe Standard. No lens corrections used.

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