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Steven, in a way I have to agree with you, based on these Web-sized pics. Not having owned a N lens, and not having access to a high-rez version makes this a very limited statement, however. But even Wayne's pic from his 50 f:1.4, which look magnificent from a colour point of view, probably even better than my beloved ZE 50's, lack the "pop" you mention.
Yes, I agree. Where's the Zeiss pop?
As I don't own N lenses, I don't want to hijack this thread with non-N pics to see if, as I believe, more "pop" can be achieved from other Zeiss lenses without special PP and even in Web format, but it might be interesting.
It would go some way towards the Zeiss-50-shootout we have been talking about.
Again, I agree. To hedge myself a bit, web-sized pics is the only experience I have to rely on for many of the N lenses and their C/Y equivalents, so my opinion is more accurately based on "impression" than "experience". But show me an N100 Makro websized image as punchy as Richard's lizard image, for example, and I'll change my tune, because I have yet to see one.
Now that more forum members have the N50 converted, I also hope to see some direct comparisons with the older C/Y version.