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| p.1 #19 · I want to buy the 50MP, but can't find the photos to convince me |
You can certainly do good work with the 50MP, but it doesn't have the beautiful rendering or 3D of the 50P, just lots of sharpness everywhere, once stopped down a bit. Wide open the corners can be problematic at short to medium distances.
To me, the MP's less fussy than the Planar. With the exception of the minor corner issue you mentioned, which is all but gone by f/2.8, the MP's a gifted all-arounder. So long as you're willing to accept the higher contrast and more tightly structured bokeh of a lens designed for close-focus, you get good axial CA control wide open that quickly moves to excellent stopped down and no trans CA that I noticed. Sharp, great resolution, the draw reminds me of the G 45/2 in a lot of ways. If you can frame a beautiful image with a 50, you can take a beautiful image with the MP. The Planar, with specific subjects at specific distances in specific lighting scenarios is capable of elevating a beautiful image, I agree, but if you're off too much on the lens' criteria, the results run between competent and messy. The Planar's like a high-strung show pony, the MP's a workhorse.
I will say this for the Planar, though: All lenses should have an iris like that.