Here we compare lens performance on a planar (flat) target.
How does the Nikon 35mm f/1.4G stack up to the Zeiss 35mm f/2 Distagon and older Nikon 35mm f/1.4 AI-S? (the new Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 Distagon was not yet available at the time this comparison was made).
It’s important on a target like this to evaluate performance across the frame before reaching a conclusions, not just in one or two particular areas.
The Nikon 35/1.4G had three full series shot, the Zeiss 35/2 and Nikon 35/1.4ais two series, best chosen of each. Little variation was seen among the series.
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