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The Zeiss ZM 35/1.4 Distagon delivers sharpness edge to edge for infinity focus, but this series shows its behavior at medium range, where even at significant distance it retains the ability to isolate a specific area almost with a miniaturization effect.
This striking and useful ability to persuasively isolate the subject for high visual impact derives from its very high contrast and sharpness wide open, combined with a beautifully even-handed bokeh quality along with very strong control of aberrations of all kinds, and tight control over field curvature. The Leica M 35mm lenses have lower contrast and sharpness along with distracting wave-type field curvature and less uniform bokeh, and thus cannot deliver this sensational combination, a quality that the ZM 35/1.4 Distagon displays in every shot it makes.
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Diglloyd Guide to LEICA contains in-depth coverage of Leica M system cameras and lenses, with additional coverage of Leica M Monochrom, Leica Q.
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- Aperture series from wide open through stopped down, showing the full range of lens performance and bokeh.
- Optical quality analysis of field curvature, focus shift, sharpness, flare, distortion, and performance in the field.
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