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This scene tests the Nikon 28mm f/1.4E at close range with off-center focus to see how well the lens performs at wider apertures in the mid zones.
Focus was on the the right eye (left side) of the burgher.
Wide open sharpness and micro contrast from f/1.4 through f/2.8 are good, but lacking in the 'bite' that starts at f/4 and peaks at f/6.3. It’s not that it’s a bad performance at f/1.4 through f/2.8, it’s that it is so-so and that f/4 is very good but still not as good as I’d expect from the Zeiss Otus 28/1.4 at f/2 (and maybe f/1.4). Since a subject off-center in this position is a very good use of a lens compositionally at times, this is a bit disappointing, but it is also consistent with the mid-zone and outer-zone decline in performance seen with all the other comparison.
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