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Fred Miranda wrote:
It could be a combination of straight aperture blades and high micro-contrast that causes the unpleasant transition zone in some scenes. Just something to keep in mind when composing our images.
The 35/1.4ZA and RX1 series have superb bokeh and it's hard to compare anything to them. The former is not a perfect lens though with high LoCA, onion ring pattern and softer corners. (Not to count size and QC)
Zeiss should release a Batis 35/2 based on the RX1 rendering. They would sell so many of these!
I'm a fan of the 1.4/ZA for its delicious bokeh.
Yes onion rings in some circs, yes LoCA (though it's clean and predictable LoCA which means the manual LoCA tool in Lightroom does a good job getting rid of it, which is not true of all lenses.
But I wonder if soft corners is a QA issue? My copy passed with flying colours (to my surprise) corner sharpness tests when I got it (mirror aligned chart at 4m was what I was doing then, not infinity which I now do largely because it's easier, but I've yet to see a wide good at 4m but not infinity.
But given the QA dramas with this lens, I guess this may be rare (although Rishi at DPR, when he was comparing the Sigma and the ZA1.4, preferred the Sigma over the ZA because the Sigma was centrally sharper wide open, even though his ZA was better and even into the corners. I agree that the Sig is a touch contrastier wide and central, but prefer the ZA bokeh..)