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Leica 35mm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH

MTF: Summilux-M 35mm /1.4 ASPH (2010 FLE)

MTF of the Leica 35mm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH is modest wide open.

While MTF for f/2 is not provided, we can expect that contrast rises substantially for f/2.

Stopping down to f/2.8 raises the MTF by a large amount, but with a pronounced wave to the curve almost certainly indicating a field curvature. Shooting a planar will show very high central sharpness, followed by much softer mid-zone detail, followed by increasing sharpness to the edges, followed by a modest falloff to the corners.

Stopping down to f/5.6 raises MTF to exceptional levels, with the wave in the MTF largely overcome— but bear in mind that the actual zone of sharpness is still curved in terms of subject distance.

Shooting planar subjects (a building a group of people lined up, etc), one should definitely aim for at least f/4 in order to ensure reasonably even sharpness across the frame. But in fact, weakness in the mid zones with planar subjects still is observable at f/8 on a 24-megapixel sensor, so one should not consider the 35/1.4 Summilux a good fit for distant landscape scenes—the Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon is far superior in every metric (not just MTF).

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