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

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Re: What's the quality that gives some lenses (like Minolta G) a "3D" look?
In reply to Tom2572, Jan 30, 2013

I would say it is a combination of micro-contrast and separation with a really smooth bokeh. Here's an image, taken with Sony 135mm f/2.8 STF that demonstrates a 3D effect with and without considering the background blur.

In the following case taken with the same lens, it is the separation that primarily defines the effect...

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Sony A55, Sony NEX-3, Sony F828

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