bronxbombers: Good stuff, although I personally think you rther underplay how easy or not it is to notice differences. I didn't find it difficult at all to notice difference between various liveview AF or MF attempts and you show those to have been rather more minor than other differences you claim are hard to spot.Maybe you lucked out with the liveview focusing though. I've found that unless you take at least six tries, and sometimes you even need more, the simple difference in focusing can completely alter results of how one lens appears to fair against another. In terms of details shown maybe it's not a lot, but the bite of the microcontrast, how fast thin dark details next to light can be pretty easily spotted.
Yeah photography can be a hassle, taking all the fun out of it. In the film days printing only pretty small it was good fun. Now even with live view focussing is a hassle, since you focus perfectly wide open en shoot out of focus thanks to focus shift. The only way out is to find out how the lens performs with that shift at that distance at that f-stop and micro-adjust it. That was a great tip Roger! This new article has got me relax a bit and worry at the same time, but not too many worrries, everything under control if you take the time to prep things first, like a pro ha ha .