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Wide open at center, micro contrast is excellent. Stopping down to f/2.8 improves it to outstanding levels with only a nudge of improvement to f/5.6.
Peak contrast occurs at f/5.6 which also brings enough depth of field to even out the field curvature sag seen at 12mm offset (short frame edge). Depth of field to sharpen up the “sag” area is an important consideration for any subject that is essentially planar (buildings straight-on, far landscapes, a group portrait, etc). This behavior is also seen with the 35mm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH, with field shots showing that f/8 is required for edge to edge sharpness for an infinity scene.
While field curvature displaces focus to a curve instead of a plane, the MTF chart suggests that sharpness on the peak focus curve (slightly variable distance of peak sharpness), MTF should reach world-class levels. This then is the likely appeal of the 28/1.4 Summilux: ultra high micro contrast coupled with ultra high contrast for coarse and medium structures.
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