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Hi Wayne - thanks for the reminder. Been caught up in the a7 discussions and the Otus thread fell off my radar. Also not planning to buy it...
I definitely think the Otus looks great. Best in class sharpness, seems like zero fringing/CA as well. And very smooth background blur shown here. I have noticed that at somewhat farther distances, when there isn't much subject/background separation that there is tendency towards double edged out of focus details. For example:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/carlzeisslenses/9782471323/sizes/o (it's a full rez D800 file from Zeiss).
Take a look at the blue street sign "Plaza Nueva/Plaza Barria" and other edges, such as the steps, other signs on the wall, wires, window frames, etc. You can see it in some of their other images too. Seems to be a consequence of the lens's divergent sagittal and tangential plot lines towards the image circle edges. But then, this kind of subject/background separation is challenging. From my experience with the 50 Lux ASPH, just looking at some images at similar subject distance and background separation, and it's a lot busier/messier in the outer zone than the Otus.
Just part of the process of getting to know how a given lens works in various situations...