#185. A spotty flaw in the Zeiss FE 35/2.8 ZA & Sony A7r combo ?

#185. A spotty flaw in the Zeiss FE 35/2.8 ZA & Sony A7r combo ?

[Note : This post is part of the ongoing review of the Sony A7r system]

Shooting at low apertures against the produces sun stars that can add a lot to some pictures. The more open the diaphragm, the more blurry (scattered around the frame) the sun’s diffraction patter. Conversely, the less open the diaphragm, the better individual rays appear. 2 for every blade in the diaphragm.

But there seems to be a limit with the Sony A7r & Sony Zeiss FE Sonnar 2,8/35 ZA, as illustrated in the photograph below 🙁

Spotted reflections ?

Spotted reflections ?

The sun rays are there all right, prolonged by a play of light and shadows in mist produced by the sun’s heat on the morning frost. But so is an unwanted battalion of “spots” surrounding the sun in a geometrical pattern, shown here in high contrast.

I can only imagine the increased depth of field at f/20 has picked up reflections of the sun on the sensor ???

Whatever the reason, this is going to be a post-processing nightmare, if I can get rid of them at all …

It wouldn’t be so bad if these spots only appeared at f/20, but they are plainly visible, although in a more diffused manner at much more mundane apertures, such as f/11. See below, original jpeg :

Sun spots of a new kind ...

Sun spots of a new kind …

This one could be saved with a panoramic crop, but still, there’s a major (coating ?) problem that will pester all those fans of sun stars (probably astronomy fas as well) …

Note that these two pictures also display what Leica Boss called the bullseye colour shift (explanations on how to cure that are in the article).
Any clues ? Sony, perhaps ?

Crop da spots

Crop da spots