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I like Jack's shot of the chairs. The field curvature works really well there. But then, I'd say Jack's photography is along the lines of editorial portraiture of the urban environment, where there's a lot of foreground-background interaction and bringing a few bits of the background into focus adds pop and story to the photo. On the other hand, Sumuli's photography leans heavily on a predictable focal plane (and the blur in front of and behind it) to add depth and emphasize single points of interest from the complex repetition of the forest. That effect is ruined by this field...Show more →
Pretty good analysis. Haven't been thinking it this way, but this kind of explains why I have no issues with field curvature, which happen over the whole image, not with sudden changes. For example I haven't had much issues with Zeiss ZE/ZF series 28mm lens, but many people really hate the lens for field curvature. On other hand I almost puke when I see photos from Zeiss ZE/ZF series makro-planar 50mm, which has similar disgusting field curvature as Summilux-R 35mm v2, which hits suddenly in corners.
And isn't learning about this gear, where it works best and where it becomes a liability, a wonderful feature of this forum?
Jon Tainton wrote:
The 35/2 does appear to be a 'look' lens, so you might want to look at the 35/2.8 instead, MTF is here http://www.photodo.com/lens/Leica-ElmaritR-35mm-f28-937/images
Hmmm, I'm not so sure about Elmarit-R 35mm. I was looking for lens to pair with similar character as Elmarit-R 90mm, as Summicron-R 50 has completely different in rendering style. Looking Elmarit-R 35mm photodo-MTFs I think that the tangential and sagittal curves separate too much too early. Also I was hoping for faster than f/2.8, as lenses usually need to be closed down a little, and then DOF is so gigantic in wide-angles with slow maximum aperture of f/2.8. Of course übergood (like Elmarit-R 28mm v2) make exception, as they can be shoot wide open.
As I got lucky and found cheap Elmarit-R 28mm v2, just few days after ordered Summicron-R 35, I think I'm all good now with my Leica R-family:
- 2.8/28 v2
- 2.8/90 E55
- 2.8/180 APO (1st version)
Just having slightly larger "gap" between 90mm and 28mm as I would prefer to have. At some point I want to try the M-series Summicron-M 50mm, if it would be little smoother than it's R-brother. I would assume Leica M and R share similar color rendering.