What's the quality that gives some lenses (like Minolta G) a "3D" look?

Started Jan 29, 2013 | Discussions thread
Bart7D
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Re: What's the quality that gives some lenses (like Minolta G) a "3D" look?
In reply to arie, Jan 30, 2013
Nice thread!I'd like to be more specific.Speaking of this quality in G-lenses (but also in top-notch Nikon/Canon glass)
  • It's not just good overall sharpness
  • it's not just good or increased contrast
  • it's not just sharpness of main subject and all else blurred
  • it's not just nice bokeh
  • it's not just the degree of detail
  • it's not just dynamic range
  • it's definitely not what many people conjure with HDR and/or tone mapping

It's also the finest gradations in every transition of color(intensity) and luminance, presented in a coherent/convincing/credible way.

All this is what can yield the perception of an image being '3D'.

It's all this (and more) that makes top-notch lenses special - and expensive....

But it's still the photographer who can use all these features to real photographic avail.

. . . . .

Bart

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