Best legacy 35 mm

Started May 20, 2013 | Discussions thread
blue_skies
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Re: Best legacy 35 mm

sebboh wrote:

blue_skies wrote:

sebboh wrote:

i have to disagree here having owned the g28, g35, and g45 and used them all on the NEX in addition to numerous other lenses. the g35 is noticeably weaker in real world usage and i certainly wouldn't call it sharp across the frame wide open.

That is because you used it on a Nex-7. On a Nex-5N/6 it behaves noticably better, below is at f/5.6 on a Nex-6:

if i had to pick a favorite 35mm it'd be the c/y 35/1.4:

it's a little big on the NEX though so taking size into account maybe it would be the leica m lux pre-asph:

i actually used the g35 on a NEX-3 and briefly on a 5N and sold it before buying the NEX-7. your sample from the NEX-6 looks similar to what i saw – corners never reach the level of the g45 or g28.

Did you use the Fotodiox adapter? It has known issues: http://photo.net/digital-camera-forum/00bVSb

the g35 actually has much less corner smearing and color shift than the g28, but the g28 is sharper in the center on all cameras and better in the corners on the 5N/6 (and obviously poorer in the corners on the NEX-3/5/7).

You would expect that for a f/2.8 lens. I briefly had the much larger Elmarit pre-ASPH, which should perform even better, but I could not tell the CG28 and LM28 apart in pixel peeping.

Same for the Sigma lenses - they are impressive, but at f/2.8, most of the faster lenses catch up quickly by then too.

i was actually never really happy with the central sharpness of the g35 till f/4 and i tried out 2 other copies of the lens to see if i just had a bad sample (i didn't).

i'm not saying the g35 is a bad lens, just that i think calling it sharp corner to corner wide open or even sharp centrally wide open is definitely misleading. here's a few old pics from mine:

Probably correct. Still, at f/2 most lenses do lose their sharpness, and micro-contrast. Both the E24Z and E35 are almost soft at f/2, but already clean up at f/2.2 or so.

Also, DOF limitations and field curvature play a role, depending on lens (design) and FL.

I was using the CG35 as one of my first 'fast wider compact' primes, and found it 'ok' on a Nex-5, but better performing on a Nex-5N.

But then after, I took more images with the E24Z and ZM35 combo, on the 5N and later. Maybe it is time for a comparison again.

contax g 35mm f/2 planar wide open on a NEX-3

contax g 35mm f/2 planar at f/11 on a NEX-3

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Cheers,
Henry

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