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Frame edge on an APS-C sensor is just shy of 12mm offset, so that the 12-15mm distance represents the area beyond frame edge and to the corners.
Wide open, the Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Planar offers good consistency across the frame with moderate contrast: slightly soft.
Stopped down to f/4, central sharpness is as high as any lens could be.
The wave-like graph shows a graceful drop-off to mid ones following by a move back up: this is likely a field curvature effect quite common with normal lenses. It is probable that actual contrast over most of the imaging area is actually much higher than the MTF chart suggests, but not in a geometric plane, a theory supported by field shots.
Stopping down to f/5.6 is strongly advised for geometrically planar subjects such as a distant landscape or building in order to raise the mid-zone sharpness to higher levels. But in general the 32mm f/1.8 Planar is not likely to prove a strong choice for such planar targets, at least not in the f/1.8 - f/4 range.
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