July 2020 Part 2 — This Month Through Your Adapted Lens

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Travis Butler
Travis Butler Senior Member • Posts: 1,393
Re: E.Zuiko 100mm f3.5 (for Pen-F system)

fferreres wrote:

Could it be our eyes have some aberrations, so our brain is correcting them through a vast and complex neural process, such that when we are presented with the real object already flattened and we inspect it, it doesn’t sound real? I also got the same feeling from my Zuiko Pro 12-40, a really amazing piece with great photos, but then it’s quite good, almost perfectly boring.

The closest thing I've been able to come up with is a combination:

  • I know it's kind of a bugaboo of mine... but to me, it seems like lenses with 'clinical' rendering tend to flatten the range of tonal shades, leaving out subtle tonal variations and leading to harsher transitions between objects and colors. Lenses like this can have very high resolution, and even high apparent sharpness, but the rendering feels sterile. 
  • Also, 'clinical' lenses for me typically have relatively desaturated, flat colors. The sort of neutral cast you'd want for technical documentation, but without any real flavor.
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