The Zeiss Sonnar Look

A bit of lens test today. Nothing technical though.

First shot at f/1.5, wide open:

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See how beautifully the background is separated from the subject. Also note the well known Zeiss 3D pop.

I usually find people on the internet discussing this 3D pop and mixing it with shallow depth of field effect. Whereas, in fact the 3D effect is enhanced when the lens is stopped down. See for self.

At f/2.8:

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Since, at f/2.8, the subject’s outline is in focus and sharper, the separation is enhanced. This does not stop here though.

At f/5.6

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Still there. What about at f/8:

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Amazing effect. I wish I could explain it in words.

All photos are straight out of camera which was at normal settings.

A bit of post processing works nice:

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I hope you enjoy looking at my son, Musa. He was patient enough to model this and other sessions.

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12 comments on “The Zeiss Sonnar Look
  1. BookOfPain says:

    I love the term ‘bokeh’ to describe how the blurred portion of a photograph adds to the user appreciation. For a better background of bokeh, I would have suggested post processing the f/1.5 image and not the f/8 one.

    On the the other hand, the other thing that changes with the f stop is the overall color scaling…notice how the background is much lighter in the f/8 shot than the f/1.5 shot. Personally I would prefer the lighter background, so to get the best of both worlds, one could use the f/8 shot, but in post processing, and after you’ve applied the effects you want, circle the face and keep it sharp, but then gradually blur the rest of the background. That would blur even the word ‘hacker’ on your son’s shirt and really force the focus to the eyes.

  2. Son of Sharecroppers says:

    Great images! What a lens!

    And the young man has an impressive head of hair!

  3. Nice shot. Hope the lens works out for you.

  4. Vicki says:

    Very interesting to compare the different Apertures, Dr_IQ.
    Thanks for sharing (and thanks to Musa for being a very patient ‘model’).

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