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Beautiful shots Mike - I love the compositions, with foreground leading the eye into the background, and the colours are delicious. There is a fly in the ointment for me though, which is this: for some reason the pictures seem to entirely lack either microcontrast, or 3D effect, or some quality which makes one feel one is actually there.
I was wondering when you'd jump in, Richard.
I have noticed this 3-D effect on Zeiss glass, but even on Canon's 24-70L, depending on the lighting.
I think the post-downsizing sharpening has some effect, but it often seems to boil down to Leica
giving the best color and geometry performance and bokeh, and Zeiss giving the 3-D.
Perhaps the point of focus has much to do with it too. If the subject to background separation is
greater [subject close, and focus on it, rather than infinity or hyperfocal] if should be easier to achieve.
This Zeiss 35-70/3.4 shot seems to bear this out:
Mike, very nice shots. Beauties.