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47MP Panasonic S1R
Leica 16-35mm f/3.5-4.5 Super-Vario-Elmar-SL ASPH

Shootout @ 35mm: Leica 16-35mm f/3.5-4.5 vs Leica 24-90/2.8-4 vs Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon: Downed Aspen in Lee Vining Creek (Panasonic S1R)

This 3-way comparison looks at the Leica 16-35mm f/3.5-4.5 Super-Vario-Elmar-SL ASPH versus the Leica 24-90mm f/2.8-4 Vario-Elmarit-SL ASPH OIS versus the Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon, at f/8.

The Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon suffers from the degrading effects of ray angle through the sensor cover glass so that a minimum of f/5.6 is needed to beat back the losses, with f/8 preferred. The two Leica SL zooms are modern designs for digital, and should not be suffering from any such impairments.

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