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| p.3 #7 · Zeiss ZE/ZF.2 35mm f/1.4 (according to Roger Cicala/lens rentals.com) |
Just read the latest installment of Lloyd Chambers' review and it doesn't look any better. The spherical aberrations and resulting 'veiling flare' at f/2 and wider are really startling (i.e., disappointing & unappealing) Apparently, field curvature really becomes apparent at f/4, something not an issue with the the slower 35. For planar subjects, the 35/2 seems the clear winner. Even at f/2, the slower version wins hands down. It's performance reminds me most of the Nikkor 35/1.4 AIS; haze and reduced sharpness faster than 2.8.
Did they create a 1 kg monster whose sharpness and contrast (micro & macro) are clearly lagging wider than f/2.8 just for an 'outstanding bokeh' alone at the expense of every other metric by which optics are measured?
Unless, of course, all they had in mind was a lens with 'atmospherics' that appeals primarily to videographers. From the limited stuff I've now seen, I question my preemptive sale of a ZF 35/2 for this.
Edited on Mar 13, 2011 at 09:24 PM · View previous versions