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Zeiss ZF.2 21mm f/2.8 Distagon T*

Close-Range Aperture Series (Tioga Pine)

Made with the 36-megapixel Nikon D800E at ISO 200.

See also the same scene with the 15/2.8 Distagon and the 18/2.8 Distagon; all shot from exactly the same tripod position. The imaging quality shows “genetic” similarities, but the differences in field of view are also interesting. The field of view comparison page shows all three focal lengths compared.

This aperture series was taken at very close range (approximately 24 inches focus). The idea was to emphasize the young tree fighting to survive in a tough high-altitude glacial-till environment.

Focus

The choice of focus can be a significant factor in the visual impact of the image and the depth of field near and far; even small variants can exert very noticeable effects.

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