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Of course most fast lenses are going to have trouble with bright areas, which would induce spherical aberrations...
Spherical aberration isn't "induced" in certain lighting situations. Either it's there or it's not there, all the time at a given aperture and distance.
Very convincing color and object definition in that photo, Martin. I like your style.
About "who said that", the "tack sharp" was from the OP on page 5, post 12. I have read numerous times in different threads on this forum that the veiling haze is supposed to be gone at infinity. Thanks for confirming that my copy is as expected.
When you said in your first reply in this thread that the lens is "only soft at short distances, wide open", I may have confused softness with veiling haze.
I would not say that "not soft" is the same as "tack sharp". Plus, I don't pixel peep, but rather look at the whole image at a reasonable size (24" monitor most of the time). Of course any lens will be "soft" at any aperture if you magnify the image enough.
As for perfomance stopped down at infinity, the CV 58 is sharper than the Planar even at f/4 and with no trace of color aberrations. The most striking difference between those two lenses is the cooler color of the CV. Then there is a lot to like or not to like about the rendering as we move out of the focus plane. I agree than in the right circumstances, the Planar 50 gives a look that few other lenses can.
Are you sure you are focusing the Planar correctly? The shperical aberration makes it shift focus quite a bit and I don't think you can focus stopped down with live view on the D800. At least you can't on the D700.
I'm asking because I've owned several Voigtländer lenses, and none of them have been better than any of the several Zeiss lenses I've also owned (and certainly not the Planar, stopped down at distance).