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carstenw
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p.3 #1 · p.3 #1 · 35mm prime showdown


DoF is a function of the entire lens design. I think the tables are all based on the thin-lens approximation. I guess you need an optics book.


Feb 26, 2011 at 08:19 PM
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p.3 #2 · p.3 #2 · 35mm prime showdown


denoir wrote:
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Each lens has its strong points and weak points.

Leica 35 Summilux:
+Excellent performance across the frame
+Very nice sharpness-to-blur transition
+Good bokeh for the most part
-Dodgy bokeh on occasion
(-)Barrel distortion

Zeiss 35/2 Biogon:
+Über-sharp stopped down across the frame
+Zero distortion
-Dodgy bokeh

Zeiss 35/1.4 Distagon Rollei:
+Center sharpness
+Best bokeh of the lot
+Very nice sharpness-to-blur transition
-Weak corners even stopped down

Zeiss 35/2 Distagon ZE:
+Good sharpness across the frame
+Decent bokeh
-Heavy vignetting wide open



This is my favorite part ... the fact that ALL optics are a series of compromises and the more intimately you know what those strengths & weakness are, the better poised you are to use that to your advantage. in accordance with your shooting goals.

IMO, there is no such thing as BEST or ideal (best @ something specific, maybe) no matter how loudly people make BEST claims ... just a lot of DARN AWESOME glass (the 'best' contenders that is), all with their share of tradeoffs somewhere ... so, choose your poison.

Excellent work, yet again.

BTW ... a link to your website would be appreciated.



Feb 26, 2011 at 08:51 PM
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p.3 #3 · p.3 #3 · 35mm prime showdown


Bifurcator wrote:
I'd still like to see a Rokkor, Zuiko, or Nikkor compared with these - Heck, even a Yashica.


Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled lenses yearning to breathe free..and I shall test them


aleksanderpolo wrote:
I thought the DOF is only a function of the focal length, F stop, and focus distance?


No, that's only for a theoretical lens model. You have for instance freaks of nature like the 21/2.8 Distagon that has more DOF at f/2.8 than Canon's 16-35 @ 21mm has at f/5.6.


RustyBug wrote:
BTW ... a link to your website would be appreciated.


If you look at the bottom of my post you'll see a little "www" button. That's the link.



Feb 26, 2011 at 11:55 PM
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p.3 #4 · p.3 #4 · 35mm prime showdown


oic ... nice.


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p.3 #5 · p.3 #5 · 35mm prime showdown


Thanks a lot Luka! Your test report is excellent, it make me understanding the differences between the new & old lenses, especially the HFT & ZE. It's hard to find any side by side test shots from the web. You did a great test!!!

Thanks for your great help!






Mar 16, 2011 at 01:29 PM
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p.3 #6 · p.3 #6 · 35mm prime showdown


Good read Luka.

Now to get on your hands on a 35Lux ASPH vII for some more comparisons?

Joe



Mar 16, 2011 at 08:58 PM
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p.3 #7 · p.3 #7 · 35mm prime showdown


Thanks Luka!

Now your'e talking, the 35Lux ASPH 2010 edition!

Those Leica lenses are impressive. But in the end you pay for what you get!

The lux Leicas are a premium design and the Zeiss ZE/ZFs are not.





Mar 17, 2011 at 04:52 AM
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