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This scene shows off the Nikon 28mm f/1.4E at night using a a more planar scene than with View to Tower, so that we can better assess outer-zone performance.
Courtyard View To Tower
Adobe Camera Raw 18.104.22.1680. View ACR Settings. Camera Profile = Adobe Standard. Shadow boost for dark areas. No lens corrections used.
Focus was on the bushes just of center, which leaves the far background just a little out of focus. Ideally, the lens would deliver sharpness edge to edge across the frame and for this subject that should mean sharpness on the orange trees at left and right. That’s the goal, but the reality is a little different: the 28/1.4 needs stopping down to make those outer areas sharp, which is readily seen at full resolution: very sharp very impressive central area, but the sharpness drops off very quickly about half way from center to edge and then continues to decline. That this is not field curvature is seen here and in the View to Tower series; near or far the outer zones are just not very sharp for the first few apertures. Which goes back to a tried and true: a lens can be as good as one wishes for, so long as it can be made as large as necessary. Nikon has clearly opted for a compromise in making the lens smaller and lighter. That said, the overall look is fantastic (and one might say “improved classic” rendering).
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