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Nikon D850
Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon

Examples: Snowstorm Lundy Canyon (Nikon D850)

These examples shot in stormy snowstorm conditions in Lundy Canyon.

I shot this series in part to validate/calibrate my sense of the Sigma 40mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art, which I shot not long after. While this is not a comparison, I offer my perspective on the two lenses here and there as well as general commentary.

Feeling the exhilaration of snow

Something about the first good snowstorm experienced each year is bracing and exciting for me—maybe because of growing up in a frigid northern state. This day, there was not much competition for this prime spot, strangely enough.

Aperture f/4 is an excellent all-arounder for peak micro contrast, a good amount of depth of field that yields a solid zone of sharpness while yet leaving a nicely blurred background.

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f4 @ 1/640 sec, ISO 64; 2018-12-01 14:23:42
NIKON D850 + Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon
ENV: Lower Lundy Canyon near 395, altitude 6600 ft / 2012 m, 28°F / -2°C

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