- What I conclude from the Leica sample DNG files;
- Expectations vs Voigtlander M 35mm f/2 APO-Lanthar Aspherical and Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon.
- Overview and general impressions.
At a wallet-busting price of nearly 7X the Voigtlande 35/2 APO, the new Leica 35/2 APO doesn’t look any better based on MTF charts. So it will come down to actual field performance.
For landscape, I’ll go out on a limb just a little and suggest that the Voigtlander looks like a more consistent performer across the frame, even if the Leica has a tad more micro contrast in a very small central area at f/2.
But the main thing (if you can afford it), is that the two lenses likely will 'draw' differently. The smart move if you can afford the Leica 35/2 APO: get it, but also get the Voigtlander 35/2 APO, and shoot them side-by-side to see which is most pleasing to your own type of photography*.
Or course I want to review both lenses (and the Zeiss ZM 35/1.4 Distagon) on the Leica M10-R and Leica M10-M, but the sky-high prices exceed my equipment loaner budget, so I don’t know to make it happen just yet. Maybe some reader will loan me an M10-R or M10-M and the lens for a few weeks.