a7x, a9 PDAF stripe noise technical analysis, part deux

Started 9 months ago | Discussions thread
ProfHankD Veteran Member • Posts: 6,238
These aren't the stripes we're looking for.

I got the bright idea (and bad pun) of trying to get the stripes in the sensor reflection that my Tamron 52B SP 90mm f/2.5 macro likes to give when photographing strongly backlit things.  So, I stuck the Tamron on my A7 and this lovely model in my lightbox:

Horizontal lines! Big fat stripes!  Wait. Fat?

Shutter speed of 1/500s with LED lights using a variable-brightness controller that probably has the lights flickering. Shots at different shutter speeds have different width lines. Drat.

So, I still haven't gotten my A7 to show the stripe defect, have I? Other Sonys that haven't produced good stripe artifact images in my tests yet (at least a couple dozen test scenes each):

  • NEX-7: no PDAF, so no surprise here?
  • A7
  • A7II

Thus far, these are the stripes we're looking for:

  • RX100-V: moderate stripes, easy to get
  • A6000: heavy stripes, easy to get
  • A6500: light stripes, easy to get
  • A7RII: heavy stripes, very hard to get

I'm posting sample images at http://aggregate.org/DIT/KARWY-SR/images.html

My most reliable test scene is a halogen lamp photographed with a Sony A-mount Samyang 85mm f/1.4 lens wide open on an LA-EA3 adapter. This lens has big front and rear elements that should allow more diverse light angles, but it also has really excellent coatings, so it doesn't flare very easily.

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Canon PowerShot SX530 Olympus TG-860 Sony a7R II Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Sony a6500 +30 more
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