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I guess I am lucky to be in a position to not care too much about lens ergonomics, doing mostly tripod work. It's just a matter of composing/ setting FL, do focus, use M mode and check exposure, wind down to f8, click to set correct s/speed and fire away. Check histo, re-shoot 2/3 of a stop up/down. I can usually take my time.
I can see the one ring combo not being great for fast handholding setup, though.
I found an MTF paper today for this one...it's *very obvious* why the 35-70 delivers! It weighs 475 grams - also found the macro goes to 1:2.5, so very useful in this 'tripod' kind of lens.
And, the guys posting the images in this thread here: shot a range of subject matter, in a variety of light conditions, different FLs/macro, perhaps using a range of bodies, and no doubt very different RCs and PP routines. See my point? They all deliver the *same look*, and I find it very appealing, as I am sure will the proverbial 'impartial observers' a.k.a clients!
For this exercise, I am not looking at the images for artistic qualities or 'excellence' in composition, execution, etc. Just the look, and what it can do with my subject matter. That is my major basis for any lens purchase decision, plus weight/size. I'll add that the last say, 5% of image quality (as generally understood here) is secondary to the total image appearance for good compositions and how much work is needed in post, to me. The great lenses largely do the heavy lifting by themselves, I find. All just an opinion, of course.