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MTF for Hartblei 120mm f/4

This is a technical page. Skip it unless you understand MTF. Or see Making Sharp Images.

Most MTF charts plot contrast (MTF) at a distance from optical center, graphing 10/20/40 line pairs per millimeter, not so here.

These charts graph MTF from zero to 200 line pairs/mm, and there is one graph for each distance from the optical center. A distance of 21.3mm is the corner of a 35mm frame; a distance of 30.4mm is the corner of a 56mm X 24mm frame, which is what you get fully shifted 10mm in the long direction.

Note that Canon and Nikon MTF charts only go to 30 line pairs/mm. Zeiss supplies 10/20/40 line pairs/mm for most of its optics. So the charts on this page should be read out to the “40” mark only, to be (somewhat) comparable to the standard Zeiss MTF graphs.

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