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Zeiss Loxia 21mm f/2.8 Distagon

MTF for Zeiss Loxia 21/2.8 Distagon

MTF wide open shows world-class contrast in the center, declining steady and gracefully across the frame (which is at least partly a mild field curvature).

In the central 1/3 or so, performance is already near-optimal wide open at f/2.8. Peak performance is nearly reached by f/4, but f/5.6 smooths out the field, which has some field curvature (focusing closer at the periphery than the center aka “forward field curvature”).

The use of f/8 will deliver a bit more depth of field, but it does not improve upon the outstanding quality at f/5.6; it actually declines a little overall from diffraction. Similarly, f/11 dulls the image significantly over f/8 (compare f/8 to f/11 and see all curves drop). However, the use of diffraction-mitigating sharpening for f/11 can yield images as good as f/8 (or very nearly so), but increased depth of field; see Mitigating Micro Contrast Losses from Diffraction Blur. That extra depth of field can matter little or matter signficantly; see the crops in the Orange Tree Trunks example.

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