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| p.1 #20 · Zeiss on track with their recent lens designs? |
High micro contrast by definition will kill very fine detail at the expense of medium frequency details. I don't see how a lens can have both. In the past, especially in R line, Leica decided to sacrifice micro contrast in order to produce very high resolving lenses, while Zeiss did exactly the opposite.
I understand that there are design compromises that have to be made, and that it in some cases may be possible to increase modulation at low/high frequency at the expense of modulation at high/low frequency. However, they can also both be maximized at the expense of some other properties, like field curvature, or bokeh and pleasing in focus - out of focus transitions.
IMHO both the new 35/1.4 and 25/2 are very interesting lenses, as they have integrated both pleasing out of focus rendering and potentially high modulation at all frequencies, but with a few exceptions as to where and when.