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Thanks for kind comments!
@Wilhem: I always love the Zeiss 85 for those portrait shots, a very recognizable style! Regarding your last shot: it represents my dilemma with the ZE 35 very good: I like the separation of foreground and backgroud and also the contrast (pushed in PP?), but interestingly not the bokeh. Maybe it's because of the distance from lens to foreground and from foreground to background. I have seen lots of shots from this lens and the bokeh is very often a hit or miss. On your image on the last page (dog) the bokeh is awesome and I don't know of...Show more →
I completely agree about the 35/1.4. It can have a dreamyness and a distinct medium-format feel when three major components iare present. Remove one and then it's usually gone:
1) Subject separation
2) Zeiss contrastyness (yes it is slightly enhanced here)
3) "dreamy" bokeh
Here it failed on the third point. Despite this, a car shot (similar distance) can house all those three. As the dog shot does (closer distance to subject, closer bokeh/bg). That wonderful shot is not mine unfortunately :-), I assume you mean Jochens. I think you're spot-on that distance to background is central, the detail level of it, and to that I would also add lightness. It's a bit too light on that image, and probably too detailed.
BTW, I think the 50P shares some of the 35/1.4 characteristics, but a focal length of 35 makes the 35/1.4 succeed with it more often.
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Great stuff again akul, #1 really makes that 100MP shine.