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

Started Jan 29, 2013 | Discussions thread
liquid stereo
liquid stereo Veteran Member • Posts: 7,265
Older G's: Color profile and sharpness. Newer G's Micro-contrast

arie wrote:

There have been a lot of people who comment that some lenses produce images that have a 3 dimensional look, or at least no "flat" looking. Most notable are the older Minolta G lenses, an the CZ lenses.

Does this have to do more with the coatings on the lens or something else?

Use of short DOF also produces a more dynamic image, but there seems to be something more to it.

I think the Minolta (older) Gs are very different to the Sony Gs.

The Minolta Gs have great color and excellent rendition including the out-of-focus areas.  The Sony Gs are more tuned for sharpness and micro-contrast. Personally, I prefer the former. Extreme sharpness has never been my thing...

My favorites were/are the 35/1.4 G, 85/1.4 G and 200/2.8 G.


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