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Zeiss Loxia 25mm f/2.4 Distagon

MTF for Zeiss Loxia 25mm f/2.4 Distagon from f/2.4 to f/16

MTF wide open at f/2.4 is already outstanding and as good as most lenses achieve stopped down, rolling off gradually to the outer zones. The falloff to the outer zones is mild peripheral forward field curvature, but actual MTF even in extreme corners ase verified in field shots remains as high as at center but at a slightly closer distance; see the crops in the various aperture series.

Stopped down to f/5.6, MTF rises to world-class levels over the central ~3/4 of the frame (~12mm offset) with minimal astigmatism (superb). This low level of astigmatism is achieved in only the very best 24/25mm lenses.

Context: the far more expensive Leica 24mm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH cannot even begin to compete with this performance—its peak MTF is lower than the Loxia 25/2.4 and its field curvature and astigmatism are excessive that it is hopeless for any kind of scenario in which one desires even sharpness across the field.

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