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'Is the 35mm as sharp as or sharper than the 50mm I already own (sharpness is important for my work)?'
No it's not - even in the centre. Do you need all-of-frame sharpness, what aperture do you shoot at? Most wide angle/normal Leica R lenses have fall-off mid-frame, but strong central sharpness. And lovely bokeh, tonal transitions, colour purity, and much more that make them incomparable to Nikkor lenses IMOm, they are connoisseurs' lenses. Best cross-frame performance at 35mm in Leica R is the 35-70/4 zoom. But what you like/want in the 50/2 the 35/2 has, very likely...
Trade off's between the 35f2 prime and 35-70f4 zoom.
little distortion / distortion at 35
2.0 shooting / only f4
2.0 focusing / only f4 less accurate
corner sharpness: ok \ better
I carry the zoom quite a bit since adding it to my quiver. It really does a lot for me, very convenient. If I could have the performance of the 35 prime as part of the zoom, I would do it without hesitation. I don't find I use it much at f2 but at 2.8 it is great for group portraits.
A few more shots of the 35f2: both close to 100% crop. Ignore exif on 2nd shot, chip was being recognized as a plastic fantastic 50 before I programmed it.