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Samuli Vahonen wrote:
our expectations are clearly different...
I suggest you go out and look at look at depth of field calculators for the parameters you have discussed in this respect. If you are focused at 2 meters, then having an OOF background is absolutely within expectation by about 6 meters or so. Even if you are at 3 meters, there will still be an OOF background, but it may be pretty far back, say, about 20 meters back.
Notice how rapidly the DOF collapses behind the focuc point as you go from 3 to 2 meters... you can't be casual about the distance in this kind of discussion because a small change in focus distance can create the appearance of differences in performance, when it really was a difference in the geometry of the setup.
In other words, you are not focused at a hyperfocal distance at f/11 with that lens and distance, so there is going to be clear differentiation in the subject/background rendering.