The difference between a serious prime lens and an average prime lens.

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The difference between a serious prime lens and an average prime lens.
5 months ago

These are 100% crops from a D600
To the left: Carl Zeiss Distagon 35/2 T*
To the right: Nikkor AF-S 50/1.4 G

Both shot at F2 and 100 ISO, tripod, remote release, remote wireless flash for lighting. Camera has been moved between the two shots to equalize subiect's size in the frame.

Even if the nikkor is stopped down one stop and the Zeiss is wide open... The zeiss just blows it out of the water. Please note that I have repeated the test 3 times to make sure I did not misfocus the nikkor.... But even manually focusing it with 100% magnified live view yelded no different results.
I always thought the 50/1.4 to be a mediocre lens. This just confirms it. Probably the worst lens in my arsenal. What's the point of having a 1.4 lens that's not sharp until 2.8 and even then is just about as sharp as the 24-70 2.8? Meh...

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