3D Pop Lenses - Are Older Better?

Started Jan 4, 2018 | Discussions thread
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Re: Objective or subjective?

ZodiacPhoto wrote:

Is there anything objective about this "3-d pop" perception? Something that can be measured (level of contrast, amount of blur, etc.)? Or, more likely, is it completely in the eyes of a viewer?

If it is subjective, can most viewers agree on "3-d-ness" of a particular image? For example, I explained what "3-d pop look" may mean to a couple of my non-photographer friends, and asked them to pic a few photos from my website that, in their opinion, have that look. Here are some of their choices:

Note that these images are processed, and not strait from the camera.

I used a Voigtlander 180mm f/4 APO Lanthar for the 2 firsts images.

So, in your, a photographers, opinion, which of these images, if any, have the look?

For me, #1 and #3, more or less.

What makes them different from #2 and #4? I think that the subject appears to be "closer" to the viewer comparing to the background.

To me the above, #3, looks the most 3D and is due the compositional character of the photo, not the lens used.

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